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

The Roller Coaster Effect in Leading Change

In one of the better books I’ve found on the subject of change leadership in the church, Leading Change in the Congregation [Alban Institute Publications, 1998] Gilbert Rendle writes: “Working with congregations in change is not a dispassionate proposition. While working with goals and programs of the congregation, leaders will also be confronted with emotions … It is important for... Continue Reading

Attitude Stair-Steps: Change Results From a Series of Attitudinal Changes

How do you get someone to embrace something you want them to do? For example, you want church members to participate in a capital stewardship campaign to build a new preschool building. The Attitude Stair-Steps is the concept that “action to bring about a change results from a series of attitudinal changes.” The five steps in this model developed by... Continue Reading

Relative Deprivation – A Deterrent to Healthy Change

We all have people to whom we compare ourselves, it’s natural. But relative deprivation is when you have the perception that you are worse off than other people you compare yourself to or your current situation falls short of your standard. A feeling of deprivation occurs when you perceive something has been taken away or withheld from you, usually unfairly.... Continue Reading

Motivation – Dissatisfaction; No Dissatisfaction, No Motivation

It is essential that church leaders who initiate change understand the psychological cause-effect relationship between dissatisfaction and motivation. Simply put, any time there is dissatisfaction a desire for change is the affect; and any time there is a desire for change, it is caused by dissatisfaction. Without sufficient levels of dissatisfaction, church members will not be motivated to act on... Continue Reading

Three Reasons People Resist Change

The British-American author D.H. Lawrence said that “the world fears a new experience more than anything. Because a new experience displaces so many old experiences. A true experience changes us, and human beings do not like to change.” Even in the face of overwhelming evidence, many church members will resist change because they are fearful of the implications and so... Continue Reading

The Head and Heart of Leading Change

Though I like to think of myself as someone who uses both sides of his brain, my job as an Executive Pastor overstimulated my left brain, the seat of analytical thinking and logic. Without consistent monitoring I found my right brain, where feelings and emotions reside, would atrophy. Fortunately, I had a Senior Pastor with a right brain orientation who consistently... Continue Reading

The Psychology of Change in the Church

Change is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of most ministry leaders. They have personally experienced or know of a peer that has experienced the pain and disappointment of well-intentioned change. Change is never easy in any organization yet in churches the difficulty and complexity of change seems to go up exponentially. It is understandable that many ministry... Continue Reading

An 8 Step Process for Organizational Change

  Our last post examined “An 8 Step Biblical Process for Leading Change in the Church” found in Acts 15. Another resource for church leaders to consider is the now-legendary eight-step organizational change process found in John Kotter’s groundbreaking book, Leading Change. By outlining the process organizations use to effectively lead change and identifying where they are prone to derail... Continue Reading

An 8 Step Biblical Process for Leading Change

The heart of leading change in the church is listening – to God and others. When the Apostles were leading the New Testament believers in Acts 15 to question their belief that Gentiles must be circumcised to be saved they couldn’t rely just on their ability to think strategically. So they first listened, and then responded to what they heard. Eight Step Biblical... Continue Reading

Here Be Dragons – A Barrier To Change

At the edges of medieval maps was often inscribed the warning: “Here be dragons.” The fear of dragons kept generations of sailors from sailing beyond known boundaries. Similarly, I have found I confront my own dragons each time I approach the edge of my comfort zone. There I discover the greatest barrier to my next level growth and to significant... Continue Reading