How do you keep change relevant?

Cartoon of two men staring a a church steeple with a windmill attached. One says, "It may be more 'green,' but I prefer the older steeple."
Copyright 2017 Kidzmatter Magazine

Often, churches and church people get a reputation for being resistant to change. “Worship Wars” continue as those who love traditional hymns duke it out with lovers of contemporary styles of worship. Changing an old chair in the lobby can be controversial if it was dedicated in memory of a dearly departed saint during the Eisenhower Administration. Adding a little fresh paint and new carpet to a classroom can cause consternation along with a little weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Change is hard for any organization, let alone a church that values tradition and the timeless principles. When I drew this cartoon, I thought of the wrong changes that at best, do not move an organization forward, and may actually make things worse.

It reminded me of the windmills I now see in Indiana corn fields. I noticed almost as soon as they went up, there were signs in front yards declared opposition to the project. Any change will be met with opposition. I could almost hear Grouch Marx singing, Whatever it is, I’m against it! 

So whether you are in a church, organization or a business. Before you implement a change, be sure it is something that will nurture a positive move. A change will meet opposition. Be sure it is a good positive change, and you are ready to face the inevitable backlash.

I drew this for Kidzmatter Magazine.

Author: Kevin Spear

I am a marketing professional with a design flair, based in Clayton, Ohio. I specialize in digital and content marketing that increases brand awareness for small businesses and nonprofits.