I'm sure you'll agree God has called us to make a real difference in the world. And if you're been sitting in that space for a while, you'll have realised that changing the world often starts with being transformed ourselves. Like the bumper-sticker says, "Be the change you want to see in the world." Change agents are those who don't just do a whole heap of stuff, but who have come to embody values that set them apart and drive them to really make a difference. It's pretty difficult to be both missional and selfish, or greedy, or lazy, or constantly grumpy, or judgemental, or controlling, or gossipy. ...
The thing is, many of us put pressure on ourselves to change. ... and beat ourselves up when we don't! Maybe this is partly because we've been taught somewhere along the way that we can make self-change happen. We just need the will to change. There's truth in that, but real change almost always happens in community. It's belonging to a group that share common values that will help us develop and keep those values.
Bishop Justin Duckworth spoke at the NZCMS Cultivate conference in 2014. In this video he talks about our need for community.
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