It’s in the nature of smaller groups to find it harder to incorporate new people. Unfortunately, some churches make it harder than it needs to be by resisting even the smallest changes that naturally arise from welcoming new people.
No, we should never change on foundational theology. But we need to realize that everyone who comes into our church will change it a little.
Every mature believer.
Every long-time church-goer.
Every wide-eyed seeker.
Mature believers will change us in some ways – maybe with greater wisdom. Seekers will change us in other ways – perhaps to be more patient and loving.
But everyone will change us.