I’ve suggested that people have trained themselves, over their lifetimes, as to how they respond to change. A pastor’s job is to assess the change posture of each of your key people are and lead them accordingly. In any community, people will behave in one of three ways: “pioneers,” “belongers,” and “resisters.”

Introduce change exclusively with your pioneers. In time, as the belongers hear about the successes you are experiencing, they will decide that it is beneficial and safe to join the ministry that you and your pioneers initiated. Have places prepared, ready for them to serve. Plan these in advance. Eventually, more and more belongers will embrace the change, until it becomes the “new normal” for your congregation.

All the while, another amazing transformation is taking place. As you continue serving the unchurched, from a place of humility and unconditional love, their gratitude will be accompanied by openness. When they ask about your motivations and your relationship with God, then you answer.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” [1 Peter 3:15]

 

-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/

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