I met so many great leaders on the front lines of ministry at 2011 Orange Conference. I’ve had some in depth conversations about navigating change with leaders. As people review the Orange Conference, they want to know how to navigate change.
Ever notice how people react to change? To some change is just a bump in the road of ministry. For others- change is a mountain to climb. I think most people view change as either a bump or a mountain. What’s your team outlook? What’s the best way to present and navigate change as a ministry leader? After all, those who keep doing the same thing will get the same results. This Gospel is too glorious to get stuck in a rut in presenting to kids and families. Too much is at stake.
Being unable to see ahead just naturally brings hesitation for change. I had a volunteer ask a great question when I was a CM leader. We presented updating and changing our ministry to include a shared family experience. This faithful volunteer had one question. Why? He needed to see what the end looked like. He needed more info to paint that picture in his mind. Once he knew what the future could look like for families, he warmed up to the idea. He ended up being a big fan! Change for him turned out to be a bump rather than a mountain because it was given to him in vision steps.
That’s where you come in as a leader. Without vision people can’t see ahead. They can’t dream and partner in what the future may hold. People navigate change in different ways. Embrace that and help your team buy in to new avenues of programming. Good leaders keep that in mind as they make changes. It doesn’t mean you shy away from change. Nope, you dive in! Great leaders bring their team along with vision first.
Trust in leadership is key. What builds the trust factor? Vision and follow through. You earn the right to make bumps rather than mountains when making change. When you cast vision- you get the buy in. Broadcast your vision to your team. Be the best in targeted current ministry by mapping out what the future holds to get the buy in to make changes.
You can check out more information on Orange at www.whatisorange.org. Free curriculum is offered right now to check out for you to be the best in presenting ministry to kids and families.