Every year, churches all across the country are closing simply because they aren't willing to change.
But effective change isn't easy. And pastors of small churches often experience some unique challenges when leading through it.
As we're working with churches, we see quite a few differing perspectives towards change. A lot of pastors see the need to lead change, but fear the responses that will come as a result. For others, the effort necessary simply doesn't seem worth it. And some love to lead change, but tend to introduce it too quickly.
So we're sharing a recent conversation for our 95Network Members where we discussed how to create a healthy atmosphere for organizational change.
We rarely make ourmembership resourcesavailable to everyone. Earlier this year, we shared a conversation on marriage, so we thought we'd share another this week to help pastors think through the importance of change and how to lead it well.
Check out the video and some notes from the conversation below:
Here are the 5 points we covered in the video:
1) Do your homework first!
Develop a thorough understanding of what needs to be changed. Change for change's sake always ends in disaster.
Plus, we have to recognize that organizational change is more than adding or subtracting a new program. It's not a band-aid... it's major surgery.
2) Assess if your leadership team is all-in.
Change can often bring conflict and reveal underlying agendas. It doesn’t take a majority to create change, but it does take strong leadership.
You have to consistently communicate with passion about where you are going instead of where you have been. If you try to move forward looking in the rear-view mirror, you will end up in the ditch every time.
4) Embrace and celebrate any positive momentum.
Positive momentum is your best friend. It creates excitement!
Share stories, utilize your young people, and constantly build on the excitement of what's ahead.
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Dale is the Executive Director here at 95Network. He has been in ministry for almost 40 years and is dedicated to helping small and mid-size churches get healthy. Dale has served in nearly every role of church leadership (except Worship Pastor), and has had a wide variety of coaching and consulting experience. He and his wife Gina have been married for 37 years and live in Greenville, SC.