How Personality Impacts Leading and Managing Change in the Church

If you were a carpenter and didn’t know the difference between a hammer, screwdriver or saw do you think you could make anything of beauty or significance? Probably not! How does this apply to leading and managing change in the church? When God calls the church to change He is faithful to provide the tools. I Corinthians 12:18 tells us... Continue Reading

The “Secret Sauce” of Leading Organizational Change

There is an old adage that states, “Organizations don’t change; people change and they change organizations.” It is well documented that fully 75-85% of all change initiatives fail to be fully implemented. Typically this is because people fail to adapt to a new way of doing things and even adopt behaviors resistant to the change. As a church change leader... Continue Reading

The Burning Platform – A Metaphor for Organizational Change

“It was fry or jump, so I jumped.” — Andy Mochan In a previous post, Motivation – Dissatisfaction; No Dissatisfaction, No Motivation, we shared Andy Mochan’s “burning platform” story to illustrate the four dissatisfactions that motivate organizational change. It is a story first told by Daryl Conner in his books, Managing at the Speed of Change and Leading at the... Continue Reading

Short Term Low Goals: A Little by Little Approach to Change

In Exodus 23:29-30 God says, “I will not drive them out before you in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little, I will drive them out before you, until you become fruitful enough to take possession of the land.” Here God shows himself to be purposeful and... Continue Reading

Circles Rather Than Pyramids: How Small Groups Increase Acceptance of Change

Here’s the situation: You have invested a vast amount of time, money and leadership capital in transitioning your Small Groups to a new sermon based curriculum and revised organizational structure. Yet, months into the change, Small Group Leaders persist in using the old curriculum and resisting the new structure. How could this resistance have been minimized or mostly avoided? Let’s... Continue Reading

The Ceremonial Approach to Leading Change

Ritual and ceremony have long been recognized in society as agents of support in times of major or disruptive change. Examples include baby dedications, graduations, marriage ceremonies, retirement recognitions and funerals. Church leaders who fail to recognize the benefits of formal and informal ceremonies are missing a key strategy for reducing the impact of change in their congregations. Ceremonializing Touches... Continue Reading

By the Inch it is a Cinch – The Incremental Approach to Change

Church history shows if you are one step ahead of the crowd you get criticized, two steps you get ostracized, three steps you get crucified. Such evidence suggests an incremental approach to change is preferred in most churches. Incremental Approach Defined Incrementalism or gradualism, is the practice of making changes or achieving goals by degrees, in stages or small steps.... Continue Reading

Pope Francis Lists 15 Sicknesses of the Church

In a December 19th post Rev. Bosco Peters reported Pope Francis received the senior officials of the departments of the Roman Curia on Monday, December 22, in their traditional exchange of Christmas greetings. In his address, Pope Francis listed 15 ailments that are temptations of both Clergy and Church. Peters quotes Pope Francis as saying, “It is good to think... Continue Reading

The North Wind Theory – Creating a Desire for Change

One of the most effective change management concepts that I have discovered is the North Wind Theory developed by the Main Event Management Corporation and taught in their Model-netics Organizational Leadership Training Course*. The North Wind Theory is the idea that resistance to a particular change can be reduced or avoided by creating a desire for the change. North Wind... Continue Reading

What Is The Change Curve And Why Should I Bother To Understand It?

One of the more useful concepts that has come out of the formal study of Organizational Change Management is the simple idea that people go through a predictable cycle as they deal with any significant change. By anticipating how people will go through any given change, a change leader can help stakeholders by giving them what they need to continue... Continue Reading

Pyrrhic Victories – A Deterrent to Lasting Change

In the early 3rd century B.C., after King Pyrrhus of Epirus again took huge casualties in defeating the Romans at the battle of Asculum, he reportedly told one person who offered congratulations, “If we are victorious in one more such battle, we will be completely ruined.” King Pyrrhus’ prophecy came true, he lost so many men and supplies at Asculum... Continue Reading

The Observer Effect On Leading Change

In 1927 German physicist, Werner Heisenberg, discovered the seeming impossibility of determining simultaneously the position and velocity of atomic particles. This was due, in part, to the fact that to make observations of the particles it became necessary to use instruments that influenced the atom, or system, being measured. In time this became known as the Principle of Uncertainty or... Continue Reading