Reggie Joiner

October 30, 2009

This afternoon, we had the first big room of the NYWC. Reggie Joiner talked about change and updating our systems.

His quote: “People change when the pain associated with the status quo becomes greater than the pain associated with the change.”

I. If we want to build something that lasts, we have to be willing to change what we build.

II. The best way to keep your team moving toward mission is to frequently upgrade your systems. Everytime we talk about change, we need to remind ourselves of the mission. If we stay where we are, we sabotage the mission.

III. Every time we talk about change, it gives us a chance to talk about what is core and what is cultural.

Core= Creed Cultural = midweek service
Core = God’s Word is true Cultural = Sunday School
Core = God desires for us to have a heart for worship Cultural= the organ

We need to look at cultural things in light of expiration dates.

Howard Hendricks: “You should put ropes around your building and charge admission to show people what the church looked like 50 years ago.”

IV. When you don’t upgrade the system, you lose the capacity to support a more relevant approach. As discerning leaders, we need to look at systems in our church that need to change in order to be relevant.

Relevant = connecting to the matter at hand.

Are there systems that need to be upgraded? What mindsets need to change?

“You can’t put new wine in old wineskins.”
“You can’t take off your tie and it’s now a contemporary service.”
“You can’t add the band to the organ.”

You cannot base decisions for system upgrades on the opinions of people who are already in the system.

V. Effective organizations create a culture that is intentional about upgrading critical systems.

1. The system we use to connect leaders with each other (do leaders communicate, play and work as a team?)

2. The system we use to communicate truth (we only have so much time with our teenagers so we need to prioritize and communicate wisely.)

3. The system we use to partner with parents (they must be our partners. Families are broken, but so is the church.)

4. The system we use to build relationships between teenagers and leaders (kids need other adults in their lives.)

5. The system we use to mobilize teenagers to serve others and partner with us in ministry (we have been trained to make student ministry a spectator sport and it should not be. The question should not be “how many came?” but “what percentage of students are plugging in and doing ministry?”)

“Lead. Make the hard calls if you have to, but lead. Make the changes you need to make for the sake of the generation coming behind.”

He closed by asking all the people in their 20s to stand. He encouraged them to trust their instincts, respect leaders and make necessary changes for the sake of the generation coming behind.