I read this list a couple of years ago from a business thinker, not a church leader. I've reminded myself of them a few times since then (you can see the original blog post – go HERE). Are you a church leader considering change, but find yourself fighting it? Are you pushing for change but find your leaders resisting? Here are some warning signs of those who resist change – even when the change is good:
When confronted with a new idea, do you:
- Consider the cost of switching before you consider the benefits?
- Highlight the pain to a few instead of the benefits for the many?
- Exaggerate how good things are now in order to reduce your fear of change?
- Undercut the credibility, authority or experience of people behind the change?
- Grab onto the rare thing that could go wrong instead of amplifying the likely thing that will go right?
- Focus on short-term costs instead of long-term benefits, because the short-term is more vivid for you?
- Fight to retain benefits and status earned only through tenure and longevity?
- Slow implementation and decision making down instead of speeding it up?
- Emphasize emergency preparation and the expense of a chronic and degenerative condition?
Calling it out when you see it might give your team the strength to make a leap.
When it comes to church – the only thing that must not change is the Gospel. Other than that – all churches must change or die.