Understanding Resistance to Change in Churches

Episode #593
November 29, 2019
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In today’s episode, Thom and Sam discuss an incredibly common topic and major pain point for many churches: change and why resistance to change exists.


    1. The hunger for stability in a rapidly changing culture.
    2. Church members confusing desires with doctrine.
    3. The issues surrounding slow pace of change in most churches.
    4. The large gap between leadership pace and congregational pace.

Other highlights:

    • Sometimes church members confuse desire with doctrine.
    • There is nothing wrong with traditions, but traditions are not doctrine.
    • The more inward the church, the more resistant that church will be to change.
    • The more outward the church, the more receptive the church will be to change.
    • A pastor can change the pace of change with tenure.
    • How we bring people into the church will influence the pace of change.


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