Onward and Upward

Although we are in the midst of the solemn days of Holy Week, I was cheered to read that Malcolm Torry, a British expert on church growth and secularization has concluded from his research that long-standing pastors bring more change than new ones. Since I am especially looking forward to parish renewal as a result of Incarnation 2020, our recent strategic plan, I’m glad that–statistically, at least–my thirty years at Incarnation won’t be an impediment to change.

Speaking of change, the same author also says that congregations firmly rooted in the Bible are less religious than those that are not, and that congregations change most when they fear change most. Interesting food for thought for us at Incarnation as we await the celebration of the New Life we have in Jesus Christ. —J. Douglas Ousley

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