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Ten reasons why World Team will change

Reason number 6: WT workers recognize that our calling remains the same, but the means or mode for communicating thetop-ten-reasons-married message of Christ is in constant flux.

Reason number 7: The WT community knows that the global base of missions has shifted.

Reason number 8: Two conceptions of ministry come together to create a movement that has both structure and Spirit led freedom.

Reason number 9: WT workers relish wrestling with change

I have often heard that one of the knocks against WT is the fact that we change too often.  Granted, there is a realistic drawback to constantly changing.  However, the fact that one is willing to change, that one is willing to regularly question the course of action undertaken, is also an indication that one’s heart is attuned to needed Spirit-led adjustment.  I think WT can be characterized by this desire.

WT workers relish wrestling with change.  Two years ago, I asked a number of working groups to consider innovative responses to the global trends missions are facing today.  I was amazed by the depth of creative ideas that were shared with us as a leadership team, and how quickly these groups responded back to us.

WT workers relish wrestling with change.  There is a dark side to our wrestling though.  We may be so enamored with wrestling that we never get around to implementation.  Or we may be so taken with the way certain ministries or work are structured and carried out that we shy away from putting them into question.  J.D. Payne put it this way: “Christians are the ultimate conservatives when it comes to making necessary institutional adjustments for missions.  And in many cases, until our pet preferences become a burden to us, or are cataclysmically removed from our control, we are likely to hold on to them, grieving the Spirit yet believing we are walking the straight-and-narrow path for gospel advancement.

The truly bright side is that we as workers (plural) relish working together with change.  We need one another to work through, to question, to suggest adjustments and change. We need one another to hold each other’s feet to the fire to ensure we carry through with those changes.  We need one another to do the work of ministry.

I see this spirit alive in many of us today and for that reason, WT will change in the days and months ahead.

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