I’ve suggested that people have trained themselves, over their lifetimes, as to how they respond to change. As a pastor, your job is to assess where each of your key people are and lead them through change based on their individual change posture. In any community, you’ll find that people will posture themselves in one of three ways. We’ve looked at “pioneers” and “belongers.”

Now, to the third group. I call them “resisters.” These are the people whose primary orientation in life is pain avoidance. They’ve trained themselves to steer clear of the possibility of loss, whenever they can. It’s important to your “resisters” that they avoid being wrong. For them, it is essential not to fail. Thus, resisters are unlikely to implement any change that can be avoided or delayed.

They too, are God’s gift to you! They are steady. They are loyal. They’re likely to show up whenever the doors are open. Traditionalists, they engage in church life in much the same way people have for fifty years or more. They still tithe.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/


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