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Responding to Change

By Todd Adkins

The U.S. military created the acronym V.U.C.A right after the Cold War. While the war was going on, the battle lines of the world were pretty much set in place. But after that, the situation was volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. And our situation right now is pretty much the same. We want to lead through this season well because we want to give our people courage, clarity, and a pathway forward. 


When something is volatile in the church, we want to respond with vision. No one will follow us if it happens too quickly, if they don’t know where we are going, or if it seems unpredictable. We want to cast vision for change and promote the why before we promote the what. 


When something is uncertain, we must respond with understanding. People fear the unknown, and there is a lot right now that we don’t know and can’t be known right now. But there is also a lot that we do know, so we can display understanding that will help us find clarity to move forward.


The next thing is complexity. We get new information day by day, sometimes hour by hour. It seems like there’s so much complexity, so we want to respond with clarity. If our purpose or vision is clear, then the people will follow us even when things are complex or uncertain. But we need to do our best to bring clarity. 


When something is ambiguous, we must respond with agility. We need to be willing to make changes and do whatever it takes to make things clearer. We can’t implement one solution, set it, and forget it. We need to come around and hone our ministries until we figure out what the new normal is.

To help you provide vision, understanding, clarity, and agility during this season in your church, we’ve created a FREE course with 7 steps to rapidly recruit volunteers and realign your ministries. Check it out here.


Todd Adkins

Todd Adkins (@ToddAdkins) is the Director of Leadership at LifeWay. Prior to LifeWay, Todd served as an executive pastor at McLean Bible Church. He has a background in launching strategic initiatives and scalable campus models to provide immediate growth while remaining financially solvent. During his time at LifeWay, Todd has introduced customizable, web-based leadership development through MinistryGrid.com. He is passionate about helping churches build a Leadership Pipeline and develop Training Pathways for every role in the church.


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