Don’t Change for the Sake of Change

Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 15:31, says, “He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.”You’ll remember that I said on my blog last Wedneday:

Myth: Once you have a coaching model, stick by it

Truth: Change rapidly lest you’re left behind; always be innovating

Rick D. responded to last Wednesday’s blog in the comment section with a keen insight (you can read his entire comment on the site). Part of what he said was, “I totally disagree with you about ‘the need’ to be ever changing! . . . No, we shouldn’t try to ‘copy’ a model that God didn’t personally reveal to us. BUT, if God has personally revealed a cell-based model to you then you shouldn’t be about the business of ABORTING His vision . . .”  

As I look back on what I said, I realize that my wording seemed to indicate that I was advocating “change for the sake of change,” and thus, I appreciated Rick’s critique. Actually, I don’t believe that we should change what we’re doing just for the sake of change. If our coaching system is working for the glory of God, stick with it!

What I should have said is:Truth: Always be innovating and “perfecting” your coaching system–and if you find a better way to structure your coaching, go for it! I personally promote a coaching model I call G12.3. I even wrote an entire book on that coaching structure! Yet, I arrived at the G12.3 structure because I had the liberty to “perfect” what we were previously doing.

I believe God wants us to continually be improving and fine-tuning our coaching. Some have locked themselves into someone else’s model and don’t feel the creative liberty to improve and perfect what they’re doing. That was the main point behind my blog.



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