When People Don’t Like Change

whether we like it or not, change will always be a part of ministry. because culture is constantly changing, the methods used to reach culture ought to change as well right along with it. unfortunately, most churches, businesses, and organizations are not good at change.  too much emotion gets entered into the equation, and when the masses revolt, the hesitant leader rescinds and questions whether the decision was right or not.

a few months ago, another blogger posted a review for the book ReWork by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson, and with my curiosity piqued, i grabbed a copy.  great, great read – it’s a simple little “proverb-like” book with some obvious and not-so-obvious business tips.  i love their writing style and it’s kept me engaged.

towards the back of the book is a great little chapter on change in an organization. i thought this exerpt was worth posting:

when you rock the boat, there will be waves. after you introduce a new feature, change a policy, or remove something, knee-jerk reactions will pour in. resist the urge to panic or make rapid changes in response. passions flare in the beginning. that’s normal. but if you ride out that first rocky week, things usually settle down. […]

people often respond before they give a change a fair chance. sometimes that initial negative reaction is more of a primal response. that’s why you’ll sometimes hear things like, “it’s the worst thing i’ve ever seen.” no, it’s not. it’s a minor change. come on.

what tweaks and changes do you know you need to make? if God is truly leading the change, lead strong and don’t be swayed by the ones who want to stay where it’s comfortable!