We all know the Golden Rule: treat others as you’d like to be treated. Jesus gave us this guidance in Matthew 7:12. The Word should also be your go-to resource for leading God’s people through change. But if you need a quick leadership refreshment, take a look at this list of the 10 “golden rules” of change. You may even want to print it and pin it to your bulletin board or tape it on the inside cover of your folder.
- Always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Always!
- Listen. Always!
- Stay humble. “Perhaps the greatest change that needs to occur is not in the pew but in the pulpit.”
- Don’t neglect the status quo. It’s been done this way for this long for a reason.
- Don’t lose focus on the overall picture. How do the changes contribute to other aspects of ministry?
- Painstakingly think through changes before you present them.
- Present your change proposal to a focus group first - a few staff members, volunteers, or worshippers who have a direct connection to the change.
- Implement changes slowly, at a pace determined by those you are serving.
- Continually take action regarding changes - set goals, build momentum, measure impact, evaluate opinions.
- Look outside your church to people who have successfully navigated the change process. Pick their brains.
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