One word has dominated my life over the past six months—change. My calendar, worship experience, workflow, events and vacations all look significantly different. I’ve had to shift my focus and how I navigate. We move through life differently now.
For all of us, this list of change continues to grow. We have become, maybe out of necessity, more adaptable and open to shifting how we function. However, several constants remain. Our mission, as a body of believers, must not change—our methods must.
We are still called to “go, make disciples” in this painful time of adjustment and heightened racial and political tensions. Now is the time for transformational change in how we engage and minister in our communities. This calls for more than shifting our church services online. We must ask if our current outreach and relationships make an impact and difference. Are we engaging with young people; caring for and treating people equally; reaching out to those in need; working to deepening our own love for God and helping others do the same? Are we completing His mission?
In Acts of the Apostles, Ellen White reminds us that “the church is the repository of the grace of Christ; and through the church will be made manifest. . . the final and full display of the love of God.” Let us seek to remain constant in our mission as believers and welcome transformational change in our methods.