It’s been said that only a baby with a wet diaper likes change.
Without a doubt transition can be difficult. Starting a new job, playing with a different team, or experiencing the physical and emotional changes that come with growing older can all be a struggle.
For example, I’m moving.
I just assumed the lead pastor role at West Salem Foursquare Church. After 16 great years at another church, my wife and I sensed a change in our hearts, and so we leaned wholly into God – who, by the way, is strong and sure in times of flex. With this new assignment there is so much excitement, and yet with it comes so much change…and that can be intense. Often we would rather have things stay the same for as long as possible to minimize the adjustments and the corresponding season of awkwardness.
God is all about change though. The Bible calls us to “repent and turn” (John 4:17) and demands that we become a “new creation in Christ “ (2 Corinthians 5:17). We’re even challenged by Jesus to be “converted and become as little children” (Matthew 18:3) in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. Change is required. Change is good.
Change keeps us fresh. It cultivates a dependence upon God. It sure keeps things stimulating, rather than life-less and boring. Admit it: who really wants life to be that way? So, commit yourself to always keep growing, changing and becoming all that God would have you become.
Here are some “change concepts” to consider. Listen to a different style of music for a month or read your Bible out in the middle of an open field or empty parking lot. Sit in a different place at church next weekend or eat some food that you’ve never tried before. You could introduce yourself to someone you don’t know in the hopes of making a new friend or even go on a short-term missions trip – that’ll change you for sure!
Change is good. As a matter of fact, it is wonderful. Jesus went to the cross so that we could experience the greatest change of all…salvation…a change of heart.
On the weekend of Oct 18, West Salem Foursquare Church announced that John Fehlen had been appointed as senior pastor, filling the position vacated when Pastor Robert Flores accepted the Presidency of Life Pacific Bible College in Los Angeles, CA.
John, his wife Denise and their four children have been part of Stanwood Foursquare Church located in Stanwood WA, for 15 years; 10 of those years Pastor Fehlen has served as senior pastor. John’s wife Denise is also a licensed Foursquare pastor.