Change Before You Have To

Change Before You Have To

Change—it’s as common as the cold, as unpredictable as the weather and as painful as a toothache. And if we’re honest, we don’t typically enjoy it. After a 30-second search on the word change, the quick discovery is that there isn’t a shortage of clever, witty and downright quippy quotes associated with it. Quotes like: “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” Or, “Every new day is a chance to change your life.” Or, “Nothing endures but change.” Now don’t get me wrong, all of these definitely... Read More
How To Navigate Transitions In Ministry

How To Navigate Transitions In Ministry

Transitions can be difficult. Even the most thought-out and well-designed transitions can be stressful. When we are leading in ministry, transitions are something we come to expect. People in our communities move on, someone on our staff transitions out, we have to let people go, or sometimes transition is forced upon us. If we are not careful, we can easily allow our minds to spin in unhealthy directions. Many times during transition, we do not know all of the details or variables. We have to... Read More
Leading When Leadership Stops Leading Well

Leading When Leadership Stops Leading Well

The season was a challenging one for the church known for its innovative ideas and laid-back, “nobody’s perfect and everybody’s welcome” approach to sharing the gospel. Attendance was on the decline, and ideas to engage the congregation which looked solid on white boards were floundering in real life. Senior leadership grew distant from the rest of the staff, and concerns mounted when it was announced that the church was going in a “new direction” that seemed counter to its original vision.... Read More
Vision! Re-Vision! And Re-Vision Again! 

Vision! Re-Vision! And Re-Vision Again! 

There is one thing constant about life. Change! Change is the only thing we can count on happening every single day. If change happens every day, imagine how much change a ministry can go through each year. Change seems to happen more rapidly when you have an aligned team working toward one goal moving toward the ministry vision. As one part of the vision is worked out, other things shift and need to be addressed in order to keep the momentum and to not lose the already accomplished gains.... Read More
Helping Volunteers Navigate Change

Helping Volunteers Navigate Change

It was time for a change, it was time to move the 4:00 pm Saturday service to 5:00 pm. We spent months researching optimum service times, asking families for input and discussing the change with stakeholders. (I didn’t know service times had stakeholders.) When the day came for the change, however, weeping and wailing was heard for miles around. For over a year anonymous cards were dropped in the offering begging, threatening, demanding a return of the 4:00 pm Saturday service. How could a... Read More