The final step towards a healthier church is to implement your fitness plan. Start with your first initiative and stick with it until it’s complete. Every Spirit-led transformation is likely to meet resistance, so ensure that your transformation team constantly communicates and maintains the unity. Each step is managed according to the master plan developed by you and your team. The most difficult part of transformation is managing change. It can be very intimidating because people rarely do as expected – they act like sheep. So it’s imperative that you manage the process carefully…
- Communicate – It’s hard to communicate too much, so think about how to use these opportunities: sermons, announcements, staff meetings, leadership meetings, 1-on-1 meetings, etc.
- Disengage from the Past – We all cling to old ways! Help your people move forward with a special service to celebrate the victories of the past and then cast your new vision for the future.
- Involve Others – The success of any effort is a function of people’s commitment, which is a function of their involvement in the process.
- Expect Resistance – Sometimes from the most unexpected people. Be patient, shepherd the flock among you and move forward.
- Guard Your Heart – Change is stressful, so it’s critically important that you maintain your intimacy with the Almighty! Ensure your daily reading and meditation on God’s Word. What is the Lord Jesus saying to your soul in the midst of change? In addition to your daily quiet times, a Monthly Personal Retreat Day and an Annual Planning Retreat offer sacred appointments to keep your life and ministry in tune with God’s heart. Please take time to read these two documents and prayerfully consider adding these times to your calendar.
Please remember that you are never done managing change. Every plan is a ‘work in progress’ and God is always superintending the process to mold us, our leaders and our church. For more information on any of these efforts, please contact Jim Boone by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at 904-535-7340.