Improving on a Classic

The author with his '66 Mustang. The "classic" referred to in the blog title is the car, not the author.

The author with his ’66 Mustang. The “classic” is the car, not the author.

The ’66 Ford Mustang is an American classic. The Mustang was still a young car but it found its niche in 1966. That was the most popular year in Mustang’s history, selling over 600,000 cars.

If it was such a loved and popular car, why did they ever monkey with it and change it?

I can answer that because I bought a red ’66 several years ago. It turned heads (especially when my wife drove it). I loved that car, but it had no power steering, no power brakes, no air conditioning, and a V8 engine that loved gas.

Changes came because Ford made improvements to the car. “They don’t make them like they used to” … and I’m glad. My little Honda may not look as cool, but it does a far better job of getting me safely around, and it does so more comfortably and for a lot less money. Change is not always a bad thing.

There is a common misconception that change is not for the better. One study found that people typically believe (often on an unconscious level) that when you’ve been doing something a particular way for some time, it must be a good way to do it. And, of course, the longer you’ve been doing it that way, the better it is.

So what does this have to do with Bible Studies for Life?

If you have used Bible Studies for Life in your group for awhile, you know that we made significant changes this year. Not surprisingly, the changes were not immediately embraced by everyone. Change takes adjustment. But it’s been fun to hear from group leaders who said, “We didn’t like the new Bible Studies for Life when it first came out, but after using it a few weeks, we love it.”

We made changes to Bible Studies for Life to make for stronger Bible study discussion and interaction. We made changes to more readily engage people and to better aid leaders in preparation and facilitation of the group.

Where did these changes come from? We listened to you. We worked with church leaders to ensure that we are providing a resource and tool that serves you in your ministry.

We listened. And we want to keep listening. That’s why we value your input and experience. We may not be able to incorporate every idea that comes our way, but your information and ideas lead us to ways to better serve you.

Thanks for letting us be your partner in ministry.  And please, keep in touch.

Lynn PryorLynn is the Editorial Project Leader for Bible Studies for Life. He and his wife Mary live in Franklin, Tennessee.


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