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August 26, 2020

How to Lead Rapid Change

By New Churches Team

Leading change in any organization is both an art and a science, and it requires us to be agile in our leadership. We tend to overemphasize the science part and rely on our superior plan, but that is only half of the equation here. As Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

The other half of the equation is the art of leading people. You may have to adjust your plan when you get punched in the mouth to align with your unwavering purpose as a church – which is the gospel. And, of course, yes, planning is critical to that, but if you can’t lead people, then you can’t lead well in an ever-changing world. That’s the bottom line.

Strategic Thinking Framework

With these ever-changing dynamics I want to provide you with a step-by-step guide to lead effective change and to become more agile leaders. In doing so, you are better prepared to adapt to whatever unforeseen circumstances you may encounter in your church or ministries.

This tool is adapted from Fisher and Sharp in Getting It Done. It’s going to help you think about what’s working well and address what’s not working well. And as you walk through this process, you will discover what to do next in your church or ministry to move it forward.

First, we look at your present reality. This is really all about data. Facts are your friends. What are the facts of the situation, not the latest email you got. What is really the problem here? Is it something that is working, but could be working better? How might you improve that?

This moves you into diagnosis. When we move into diagnosis, we are looking at our present theory. And we want to theorize and diagnose what the current reality is, why it is the way it is. We want to uncover what’s actually causing the issue that we are trying to address and contributing to this data that we looked at before.

Then you want to look at your future theory. You want to decide what direction you want to go. You want to anticipate what your next move might be as a church, what strategy can you use to address your current issue. That’s what you are doing here, you are setting that direction.

Finally, you move into your future reality. Moving into future reality you take decisive action on what you will do. What are the specific next steps? Who is going to accomplish those things? Walking through these steps for strategic thinking will help you better know how to maximize your ministry.

7 Steps to Agile Leadership

As you determine what to do next, we are going to walk through a change process.

To read the remainder of this article, and to listen to the entire video training with Todd Adkins, click here for the full videos and post.

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New Churches Team

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