Change is hard work. Looking at the book of Nehemiah (an example of a masterful change-agent) we see he did three initial things
- He established a sense of urgency (including identifying and embracing the crises as well as “grace disguised” opportunities)
- He created a guiding coalition (in other words he put together a group with enough influence to lead the change and sought to help them work together like a team)
- He developed a vision and strategy (asking, “how do we get there from here?”). Following is a list that has been percolating in me regarding the opportunities to grow to a new place. What does it take to change?
10 Signs you’re not ready for change:
- We believe conflict is a bad thing.
- We’re trying to avoid the criticism that comes when we fail — and when we succeed.
- We think the surrounding culture needs to think like we do (instead of contextualizing the gospel for them – like a missionary would).
- Our lives are too fast and cluttered — and there’s no space to dream.
- We value being right over being in right relationship.
- We think disillusionment is a bad thing (to have an illusion is to have a false idea).
- We’ve stopped asking questions.
- We think systems and strategy are the enemy of creativity (remember, we’re invited to live in the tension of Spirit AND Truth).
- We’re expecting to receive credit for our ideas.
- We think we’ve already arrived.