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    A Leader’s Checklist for Change

    A Leader’s Checklist for Change

    Want to make a change in your church?  Isn't that what leadership is all about?  Sometimes change involves getting people to put aside traditions that are hindering the church from reaching people.  Other times change just means the end-result that you want to see in people.  But leadership is all about inducing 'change'...

    Mac Lake has developed a checklist for leaders as they try to maneuveur and lead change.  See what you think:

    1. What problem am I trying to address by making a change?  (Do others see this same problem?)
    2. Have I taken the time to build relational equity so others will trust and follow my leadership through this change?
    3. Have I enlisted the support of key influencers in the organization to act as ambassadors for the change? 
    4. Have I listened to others opinions and understand the objections to the change?
    5. Have I made the purpose of the change clear?
    6. Have my team and  I prayed for wisdom and sought godly counsel regarding this potential change?
    7. Have I laid out a reasonable timetable for the change? (Often leaders try to make changes too fast)
    8. Do I have a plan for effectively communicating the change?

    You can read more over at

    What do you think is the most important item above?  What is the one item that you find the hardest in your current leadership situation?


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    1. bishopdave on Wed, November 11, 2009

      Very Helpful.

    2. bishopdave on Thu, November 12, 2009

      I’m making a presentation Sunday pm on remodeling the sanctuary, and going through this checklist helped me get all my bases covered.

    3. Andymcadams on Thu, November 12, 2009

      Change is good, but only when it is needed.  I have known to many church leaders that force change and certainly this check list helps to prevent that.  Thanks.

      Change is certain.  I learned a long time ago that sometimes needed changes are like mountains that appear impossible to move.  But…there are two ways to move a mountain.  All at once or one scoop at a time.  I’ve only seen the second one work consistantly.

    4. Paul Turner on Fri, November 13, 2009

      Super list. Thanks

    5. Jan on Sun, November 15, 2009

      I am a person who loves change.  But I’ve come to realize that most people are uncomfortable with change.  And that’s a great checklist.

      I think one thing to remember is that people take time to process change.  Leaders tend to think and think and think some more and then present it to their congregation, and expect them to jump up with enthusiasm and embrace that change.

      We often forget that other people need the time to think too. 

      Also, not all change is necessary.  We worked under a pastor who just got bored.  And change was happening every 6 months… service times, styles, you name it.  Most of it was unnecessary.
      And as a result the church had a revolving back door.

      People just got weary of not knowing what to expect.  And as much as I like change, I felt the same way, two years into the ministry.

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