I seldom address a gathering of pastors without "the" question being asked, in one form or another:
"How do you change a church?"
Whether moving from a traditional model to one that is more contemporary, a complex structure to one that is simpler, or an outdated outreach strategy to one more relevant and effective, knowing the target on the wall isn't the problem.
It's how to actually lead the change to hit it.
Here are the four steps to leading change in your church (I am going to assume you already know to pray.):
1. Establish a Sense of Urgency
The first step is to establish a sense of urgency. People will not even consider change unless they are impacted on an emotional level. If change is not considered necessary, leadership expert John Kotter of Harvard writes, they "will find a thousand ingenious ways to withhold cooperation."
There must be a perceived problem, or need, that is generating a certain amount of emotional energy. For the change agent, or agents, one of the keys to this is passion: if you do not seem to care, they will not bother to care.Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
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