Change is Necessary, But New Worship Styles and Clothes Are Not Worth Fighting Over

Are you a pastor trying to make needed changes in the church, but meeting a lot of resistance every time you introduce something new, like a worship song, curriculum or order of service?

Here’s a universal truth that I discovered through decades of experience trying to bring needed change in a church:

New music is not worth fighting over. Neither is a new church name, new curriculum, new anything.

Yes, change may be necessary. But we need to get there by fighting the important battles, not the trivial ones.

Fighting over musical style, stage design and what we wear to church are as trivial as battles get.

So what is worth fighting for?

  • Becoming a friendly church is a cause worth fighting for
  • Reaching new people is a cause worth fighting for
  • Getting greater involvement in worship is a cause worth fighting for
  • Going deeper in prayer is a cause worth fighting for
  • Better discipleship is a cause worth fighting for
  • Reaching new generations is a cause worth fighting for
  • Respecting previous generations is a cause worth fighting for
  • Scriptural integrity is a cause worth fighting for
  • Reaching out to the poor is a cause worth fighting for
  • Becoming a more loving church is a cause worth fighting for

Whether those things happen with new music or old? Wearing formal or casual clothes? Teaching from old or new curriculum?

That’s not worth fighting over.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today, Karl Vaters