I doubt there’s a pastor or ministry leader in the world who doesn’t want to change something. It might be re-branding the church, the order of service, the leadership team, service start times, the website, a new name, the organizational chart, or the outreaches of the church. There’s always something that could be changed at any church, but most pastors find that church members are generally very slow to accept new ideas. But if you’ve been thinking about a few changes, I can assure you of one thing:
Now is the time to act.
When I wrote my book “Jolt: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” my focus was how to position yourself in a world where change was accelerating. During my research, I discovered that essentially, change is one of the hardest things for people to confront. We get in ruts, we like the way things are, and we hate to change. One of the more fascinating studies revealed that within a couple of years even significant numbers of open-heart surgery patients go back to their old lifestyle – too much eating, smoking, and drinking. In other words, even the threat of death doesn’t make people change. (Which I’m sure most pastors have experienced in their congregations).
But right now, as we begin emerging out of the COVID-19 shutdown, people understand that there’s going to be a “new normal.” We hear it trumpeted over and over on the evening news and in TV commercials. We know that things are going to change, and few things will be the way they always were. Which means, people are more open to change than they’ve been in a very long time.
Anytime an organization emerges from a crisis, that is the best time to change things, because people expect it. So whatever you’ve been secretly thinking about, now is the time to act.
Admit it. What are the things you’d like to change?
And while you’re at it, to help with that planning, order a copy of my “Unique: The Ultimate Planner for Creative Professionals.” Whatever your leadership role, it will help you prioritize what needs to change, and keep you on track!