This is a continuation of my post from yesterday, which discussed Pastor Harry Reeder’s talk about how leaders create a culture for change. Listening to it was part of our teaming process.
Lay leaders are also important in any transitional process. Here are some of the ways they contribute to successful change:
- Take a pulse of the congregation; let the Pastor know where the people are in the process
- Pray with and for individuals in the congregation
- Remember the Pastor can’t shepherd everybody so lay leaders can be there for fellow members who are hurting
- Find ways to communicate change
Good change agents know that VISION PROMOTES CHANGE. We must all have a vision of what we want our congregation to look like, and we must communicate that to others. Harry Reeder says successful change agents should:
- Bring change respectfully, not judgmentally
- Start with affirmation
- Be patient
- Find a way to be a good loser (not every change will be accepted)
- Use logic and passion to persuade with gentleness and without emotional manipulation
- Don’t surprise people
- Admit your own mistakes
I found this CD both inspiring and helpful. One big takeaway — good leaders build morale and achieve consensus. That’s what we’re working toward here at St. Paul’s. Readers, pray for us to be successful.