All leaders have deficits to address. Sometimes we lack the people, or the financial resource, or the level of competency needed to complete a task. But you can be sure that with every deficit, at the root some level of change is required. Change in giving, change in vision, or a change produced by training - but the inevitability of change is undeniable.
At the end of the day all of our success will be measured by how well we initiate, manage, and endure change. In The Speed of Trust, Stephen M. R. Covey poses that when trust is high, change is smoother, faster, and less costly. But when trust is low, change is difficult, slow and extremely costly.
With this premise in mind, we will spend some significant time discussing steps to restore and enhance the trust levels of our ministry. We must make an honest assessment of where we stand in the four core capabilities of personal trust. We must look at where we are in Integrity, Intent, Capability and Results.
As I talk to many of you and interact with leaders who lead leaders, there are six areas that seem to resonate with all of us when we think of our challenges.
Now these aren’t listed in priority order because the level of importance changes based on your situation. However, the idea of CHANGE is a part of every area of challenge we face and if CHANGE is not expected, accepted, welcomed and properly managed it can be a huge source of stress and struggle.
Recently while reading The Unstuck Church by Tony Morgan, I ran across five areas that may be great starting points for you to establish a level of trust and unity that can endure CHANGE. While we may not agree on every attribute of a healthy church or even on the main objectives of ministry; I think we can agree that these five areas are critical. You must define them, articulate them and be sure everyone connected to you knows what they are.