Every church has ‘movers and shakers.’ You know who I’m talking about.
They’re restless. Never content with the status quo. Always have a good idea. Ready to move, grow, and change. They want things shaken up.
They tend to frustrate people…at least the people who are comfortable and content with the way things are. They’ve been called unruly and out of line. Disrespectful and clueless. They’re the ones who ‘just can’t be content with anything.’ They challenge the effectiveness of programs, methods, and the well-worn path.
Church leaders have to do something with these folks. Because they don’t just slowly and quietly disappear if you ignore them.
What to do with Movers and Shakers
1. Ignore them. This will end up going badly for everybody. Church leaders will be frustrated because these folks just keep stirring the pot. The movers will be frustrated because nobody is moving with them. Nobody will be happy. Trust me.
2. Shut them down. This way, you maintain the status quo, get fewer feathers ruffled, and squeeze out the mover. You stifle change, and avoid risk.
3. Listen to their ideas. Give them a voice, and hear how God is stirring their hearts. Work to see how their thoughts fit within the culture of your people. And be willing to adapt your methods if these ideas can help further the Kingdom.
I’m convinced that God stirs discontentment in people’s hearts for a reason. It’s no accident. And if you believe that God is sovereign, you’ve got to affirm the same.
God loves His Church and wants to see her prosper. And, yes, God doesn’t change. But He’s perfect…we’re not. We should be continually evaluating our systems and methods to help more and more people come to a saving faith in Christ. Because if what we’re doing isn’t increasingly leading those who are far from Christ to take steps of faith towards him…then let’s change some things and reverse that trend. And if the ideas that are brought to the table by the movers and shakers doesn’t seem to fit who you are and what God’s calling you as a local church to do and be…then consider sending them out as church planters to do what God’s calling them to do. Not sending them out as heretics…but as people on mission.
Continue to tweak. Improve. Move and shake.
Have you ever been a part of a church that pushes ‘movers and shakers’ away?
Are you a ‘mover and shaker’? How has the Church served you well?