In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Daniel Im are joined by Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary and author of Leading Major Change in Your Ministry. During their conversation, they discuss the following questions:
- Is change more difficult today than it has been in the past?
- How do you identify specifically what needs to be changed in your church?
- How do you prepare yourself before you lead a major change effort?
- How do you know when to start the change process?
- When do you start another change effort after you feel like the current one is finished?
“Change seems to be happening much more rapidly and there seems to be so much more change coming at us.”
“People are experiencing so much change in other places, that they typically have their change quotient exhausted in those locations. They want church to be a place of stability.”
“Is the change I am considering essential to the mission of the church?”
“Reorganization is the default of board executives.”
“Sometimes all this change creates the illusion of progress but does not contribute to accomplishing the core mission.”
“No one likes change. What we do like is things changing the way we want them to be changed.”
“Before you introduce major change publicly, you have to be absolutely certain privately that it is God’s leading to accomplish God’s mission through the organization’s mission.”
“Be sure you allocate physical, emotional, and spiritual energy for the duration of the completion of the real change, not just the visible part other people might see.”
“Through pastoral care and discipleship opportunities, help them grow through the experience.”
“Leaders see things long before their followers, that’s why they are the leaders.”
“Leading change is hard, but not leading change is worse.”
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