The necessity of change

Change as spiritual:

If change and growth are not programmed into your spirituality, if there are not serious warnings about the blinding nature of fear and fanaticism, your religion will always end up worshiping the status quo and protecting your present ego position and personal advantage–as if it were God! Although Jesus’ first preached message is clearly “change!” (as in Mark 1:15 and Matthew 4:17), where he told his listeners to ‘repent,’ which literally means to ‘change your mind,’ it did not strongly influence Christian history. This resistance to change is so common, in fact, that it is almost what we expect from religious peope, who tend to love the past more than the future or the present.

Richard Rohr, Falling Upward (H/t Shannon Ferguson Kelly)

Carol Howard Merritt on 5 cultural shifts that will affect the way we do church.

Derek Penwell reflects on how churches are organized, specifically committees, and the effects of cultural change on that traditional organizational model. The title of his post? “Killing Church Committees.”