Part 1: Leading the Transformation

Powerful Change Demands That Leadership Powerfully Changes

Every time I hear that phrase I cringe. I just want to look at the leader who just confessed that and hug them because they don't realize the lie that they've bought into. "We do it this way because this is how we've always done it this way." Have you heard that one before?'

Every leader at their most inner core knows that changes are requisite of running and stewarding a ministry. They see how other ministries evolve new ideas and ways of thinking. Those organizations model preparation, personal growth, and adaptation to an ever-changing world. 

In the process of being inspired by the change of other organizations, the worst thing your leadership could do is try to mimic surface changes that other ministries have done. What does that mean? It means that you can't simply change the exterior of what you do and what you look like and expect a powerful transformation from the top to the bottom of your organization. Changing for the sake of changing requires pointless effort. But if you want your culture and organization to change in a powerful way, then you must powerfully change your leadership. I don't mean that you necessarily have to change the people leading but the leadership must change their way of thinking, enhance their capabilities, depend on faith and show that faith through actions. 

Change takes time. It isn't a cosmetic process to beautify what you have going on. It is a powerful process that can set your leadership, ministry, and future up for the success you will have. 


Why you need to give in and transform

Maybe you already feel apprehensive about the different changes that will occur. Or maybe, this exactly the blog post you were seeking. Regardless, you know you need to change and you realize that change isn't easy. So you need a good reason to do so, right?

Churches, ministries, and organizations need to understand that change is inevitable. If you're not changing for the better, you're changing for the worst. The world is moving so quick and you know it. 

Staying with the "this is how we've always done it" mindset is the worst state that you can stay in. Just because you have always operated in a certain way does not guarantee stability. In fact, I would argue that is the most unstable state of mind to be in because if you resist change then you are merely resisting the realities of the change that is happening all around you and holding on by a thread, to the traditions, customs, and habits, that will one day be your downfall. 

After so many years of doing the same things that lead to dysfunction, people then become accustomed to making excuses for the dysfunctions that are present in their ministries rather than working to change them. Your leadership cannot make it a habit of defending habits that should be indefensible. Organizations that are stuck have grown used to their mess and feel that any change may somehow mess things up even more. 

That is not the case!

“Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have—and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up.”
— J. Belasco and R. Stayer

Your ministry could have so much more if only your leadership would let go, give in, and get moving forward to a better way. 

Like James Belasco and Ralph Stayer state, overvaluing what you currently have can be dangerous. 

Look at the story in Exodus of Moses and the Hebrew people. They wanted freedom and they were instantaneously freed one day. But the process to being in a better place, a home, a location that was promised to them so that they could flourish was not an easy process. And when they saw Pharaoh's army coming after them, they immediately overestimated their past situation. 

They began to questions why they left in the first place! When things got hard, the people would murmur and remember the "good times" in Egypt. They wanted to be slaves again just so that they could have a place to sleep. They were used to being slaves. They didn't realize that God was calling them to place that was so much more than that. Moses had to rely on God's plan to move the people forward. 

I believe your leadership can thrive. You know must prayerfully seek the reason that you will change. 


Let me know what other excuses people have for not wanting to change? I would love to hear your thoughts on this. I will continue this subjection on leadership and culture transformation in my next post. Please subscribe and share this with your leaders, church, family, and friends. God bless!