Change in the Local Church: Philosophy and Practice

From: Volume I, Issue 2: Spring 1981 Pages 15-20


When a person thinks about change in his local church, he usually has a number of practical concerns on his mind (timing, type of change, people's acceptance, etc.). However, the most basic of these concerns is whether or not Christianity is subject to change. A brief discussion of this issue leads to the conclusion that basic ministry principles do not change, but current patterns and methods can, and often should, change. Current patterns should not only allow but also encourage the basic ministry principles to operate. Then 34 practical guidelines are given for the change-agent, stressing his role as a patient educator rather than a bulldozer.



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