Movement: A culture of constant personal and corporate growth and improvement is enabled through effective change management, self-development and a leadership pipeline

A Personal Virtue Vision for Real Life Change

A “Personal Virtue Vision” develops an individualized picture of change in specific areas of life, and then develops training plans to accomplish it. For example, I must first envision what a Christ centered virtue would look like in particular areas of my life: Money: If I were out of control in spending and full of greed, what would it be... Continue Reading

A Rule of Life: Changing the Way We Live

  Most of us at one time or another desire to see meaningful change in the way we live our lives. I have discovered that implementing an annual “Rule of Life” plan is one of the most effective ways to build intentional change into my life.  What is a Rule of Life? Some also call this a “rhythm of life”... Continue Reading

Discerning God’s Will Together For a Proposed Change

At the heart of leading change in the church is collectively and corporately discerning God’s will. In most churches significant change must pass through some leadership group that is charged with discerning if the proposed change is in line with God’s will. Regretfully, lay and professional church leaders have little training in how to corporately discern the will of God... Continue Reading

Sticky Change: Fostering Church Change That Lasts

“It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin Studies show that only 10% of people who have had heart bypass surgery make major changes to their diets and lifestyle behaviors afterward. Too frequently we don’t alter our behavior even in the face of overwhelming evidence we should.... Continue Reading

Why Don’t Leaders Practice Incremental Change?

    In By the Inch it is a Cinch-The Incremental Approach to Leading Change and Short Term Low Goals: A Little by Little Approach to Change we examined the advantages of starting small and making changes at a measured pace. From the parable of the mustard seed, in Matthew 13:31, we see God’s growth plan of starting small and letting... Continue Reading

Most Church Change Initiatives Fail……But They Don’t Have To

In 1849, French journalist Jean-Baptise Alphonse Karr wrote what was to become a famous change quote: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Though clearly satirical, Karr’s quotation holds true in today’s churches. Though churches are increasingly aware of the need for change and change initiatives take a variety of forms, the outcome is almost always the... Continue Reading

Three Transition Questions for Church Change

 Anyone who has led church change has discovered that institutional changes are not as difficult for churches to make as the psychological transitions of the staff and members impacted by the change. Last post we examined William Bridges’ theory that change is situational; transition, on the other hand, is a psychological, three-phase process that people go through as they internalize... Continue Reading

Helping People Make Smooth Transitions During Change

  It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s the place in between that we fear. It’s like being between trapezes……It’s like Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There is nothing to hold on to. – Marilyn Ferguson, American Futurist We have already shown how the Change... Continue Reading

Minimizing the Tyranny of Change

The root word for “tyranny” is the Latin word tyrannia, from which we derive the word tyrant. A tyrant is someone who exercises absolute and often oppressive power over you and over which you have no control. One force that affects the lives of ministers and the churches they serve, often times over which they have little control, is that... Continue Reading

A Five Step Approach To Inside Out Change

  Without inner change there can be no outer change – Angel Williams A popular theory is that change happens from the outside in as external changes force us to personally change. I ascribe to an equally valid yet less recognized model based upon an opposing assumption. It is a model of inside out change. Over the years I have... Continue Reading

How Executive Pastors Inhibit Change

Over twenty plus years as an Executive Pastor I found myself frequently using words like………routinize, systematize and equilibrium. I have found other Executive Pastors have a similar bias in vocabulary. Routinize is to develop into a regular procedure. Systematize is to reduce to an orderly procedure. Equilibrium is a stable or unchanging system. Executive Pastors spend many years learning how... Continue Reading

The Impact of Personal Change on Organizational Change

Rarely have I heard a church leader say, “That change didn’t happen because I failed to model the change myself” or because “I failed to reinvent myself.” For most of us the first thought is that it is others who need to change. Too frequently leaders fail to see the incongruity of asking for change in others while failing to... Continue Reading