Frequently Asked Questions
When churches and communities are considering Churches Learning Change, we hear a lot of the same questions. Perhaps you have them too.
Our congregation doesn’t have any huge problems right now. Most things are going well, so why would we want to go through CLC?
It’s great that things are going well! There are lots of ways that Churches Learning Change can benefit even the best-case scenarios:
Do you want to raise your emotional maturity as well as the maturity of others?
Do you want to increase your capacity for living on mission — both as individuals and as a congregation?
Do you want better relationships and to build a more authentic community?
Do you want to see your congregation grow in awareness and ability to have important conversations about things that really matter?
Are you interested in seeing people come alive in their faith and love for Jesus?
Are you concerned about the decline and disconnection the church is experiencing with the culture around you?
There are hundreds of reasons to engage in the process of learning change and seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance and renewal!
Maybe it's not the right time for us to take on something like this... We don't really have financial resources, people to volunteer, or a sense of direction or vision.
How are you currently addressing these matters?
The Churches Learning Change renewal process can be an excellent venue to help address vision, mission, capacity, perceived and actual values, perceived and actual benefits, among many other things. One of the things that makes CLC effective is that a team of people from your congregation are engaging it together and tailoring it, through the Spirit’s guidance, to your context. All you need is a handful of people from your congregation (maybe even people who have never served as formal leaders before) who are willing, open, ready to commit to the process, and willing to do the “good-hard” personal and corporate work of engaging in learning, change, and transformation. You don’t have to know what engaging in personal and corporate transformation means at this point, you just have to be willing.
I feel so cynical about the church (specifically or as a whole) ever really changing for the better. Is it really worth it to risk trying?
Where are you finding hope?
When asked to name one significant change in themselves because of their participation in Churches Learning Change, many people identify some version of the same theme: gaining newfound or sustaining hope for themselves and their congregations.
Why do we need Churches Learning Change?
We don't really like change, but God’s calling is bigger than things being “comfortable.” Plus, change is inevitable!
Traditionally, the church and its people have struggled to deal with change. Learning to understand change as neutral — that it is neither good nor bad, but simply is — and learning helpful skills for dealing with change is vitally important, regardless of the current state of the church. Deepening our discipleship is also vitally important to the future of the church!
I see a lot of references to Faithwalking. What is that?
Faithwalking is a personal spiritual transformation process focusing on emotional maturity that leads toward living fully alive on mission as a disciple of Christ.
A central tenet of Churches Learning Change is that corporate transformation occurs through personal transformation; therefore, many regions of CLC use Faithwalking as part of the process of community renewal. Even if you choose to not participate in CLC, we highly encourage you to consider going through Faithwalking on your own. Visit their website to learn more.
Some people talk about Ridder when talking about Churches Learning Change. Why?
For a number of years, Churches Learning Change was funded with a grant and known as "Ridder Church Renewal." Some of our current learning communities started their journies while we were using the old name.
The content, core values, skills, and ideology haven't changed in the transition to becoming Churches Learning Change, and what has changed directly reflects our learning about organizational learning and transformation. We've also become a "flatter organization" with more volunteers taking leadership and ownership for the movement.