I raced through Comeback Churches in order to be informed as I attended an audio conference featuring one of the authors (Ed Stetzer). I probably didn’t have a chance to really interact with the mountain of information included there, but I did finish the book a few minutes before dialing the conference number. My review of the book should be up soon.

In the meantime, I’m compelled by the emphasis of the book – Change. In order for local churches in the evangelical life of America to be effective, the authors insist there must be change. I agree. Sometimes when driving in the country, we find ourselves on what is little more than a path—two ruts and a grassy line. It is in this context that we learn about “high center,” or the situation where driving down the middle of the ruts will cause the body of the car to become stuck with the wheels not making enough traction to move the vehicle. Whenever we high center we must do something to change our situation or we will never move forward again. We have to evaluate our situation and make necessary adjustments to get the wheels rolling anew. The American church has high centered, and change is in the future. The change is not easy, nor is it exciting, but it is necessary for the church to become exciting and to begin moving forward in the future.

The point: Change is part of what we need to grow as a church. My friend Kinney Mabry had an excellent post a few days ago about change. He reminded me that change is what Christianity and the church are all about. Jesus creates change in the lives of individuals so that they can gather together as the church to effect change in the world around us. Let’s make necessary changes to move the church forward, and to create the atmosphere that allows change in the hearts of men, and their expression in society.

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