Leading Change: Defending the Status Quo

Status quo

The warning signs of defending the status quo

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.

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