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

Jesus’ method was to make invitations, then watch to see how people chose to respond: pioneer, belonger, or resister. Like Jesus, effective leaders will lead their pioneers a certain way, their belongers another way, and their resisters a third way.

Here’s one application:

Pastor, live with your pioneers! Make sure they populate your appointment calendar. Every week, ensure that you spend most of your time with pioneers.

Work to clear your calendar of resisters, and to fill it with pioneers. It may take three months or more to wean yourself away from the passion-extinguishing complaints and tantrums of the unmotivated.

Do it.

Begin now.

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

 

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