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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

Inspiring Change Quotes and Sayings

  In recent blogs we have been examining the impact of change and how to lead and manage change in the church. Below are a variety of change quotes from well known leaders and writers I have found inspiring and challenging. Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it. Harry Emerson Fosdick Change... Continue Reading

Three Ways To Use Church History to Lead Change

Spanish American Philosopher George Santayana famously wrote in The Life of Reason, “Those that cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Repeating what happened in the past is the result of either learning or not learning from it, depending on the context. In most cases, we’re talking about mistakes that are repeated because people don’t learn from their mistakes... Continue Reading

Traditionalism – You Cannot Move Forward with Nostalgia

Tradition is the living faith of the dead. Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living…..Jaroslav Pelikan Political, social and church history shows us that when things change too quickly or when people fear the future they will flee to leaders who promise to restore the glory of the past. But history also demonstrates that you cannot move forward with... Continue Reading