Leading Change

In children’s ministry things are changing. It is truly amazing the amount of resources that are available now that were not available 5 or 10 years ago.  It is also amazing to see the changes in strategies and philosophies  as well.  From kids centered, to family centered things have certainly changed.

So how does one take a “traditional” ministry and transition it into a currant and relevant children’s ministry.  I just went through this process in my current ministry and I learned many things some things you should do and some things you shouldn’t.

Here are some Don’ts  first:

1) Don’t force change.  This may sound obvious but many times we assume that others are with us and that can be dangerous if not fatal to a great idea.  You need to make sure you have team buy-in.  Your team must be on the same page with enough information and time to process the changes coming.

2) Don’t bring too many too fast!  Sometimes we see so many things that we want or need to change that we move too fast for people to digest.  For change to happen properly, we must give enough information to our team leaders and allow them time to process and give feedback. Giving too many items for them to think about can often overwhelm them and cause information overload.

Here are some Do’s!

1) Do spend time with your team doing some mind-mapping, brain storming, idea sharing and together bring out all the ideas for change into the open.  Allow for some free and open dialogue to give everyone time to think things through.  Ask lots of questions about each idea and think through who this will affect both in a positive way and in a negative way.  Who would need to know more information or who needs to be consulted or brought into the dialogue before a final decision is made?

2) Lead! Remember you are the leader and you need to lead your team with the changes necessary to do what God has led you to do.  Demonstrate a humble and godly attitude where you remain both teachable and out front.  Yes, you should listen for consensus, but don’t allow it to bog you down or try to please everyone.  Often rookie leaders will wait to build consensus and sometimes it pushes the leadership to someone else.  The Leader should always remember that they are to lead and sometimes that requires making some tough decisions. Sometimes those decisions are   not going to be popular but they are necessary.

What would you add to this short list?  What resources would you recommend to others about Leadership?

I welcome your comments and feedback!

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