In an article for Pastors.com, John Cassetto offers help to those who must lead their churches through periods of change:

“Change can sneak up on us, it can shake the foundation of our teams, and it can cause pain for all involved. On the surface, change within the context of worship can look like new people, new sound, new music, and a new look. But when you dig deeper change can look like new freedom, new love, new health, and a new culture.

Leading through change and transition requires three things – a clear mind, a calm heart, and clean hands.

A clear mind. You must be clear on the vision of where God is taking you. Clarity of intellect. A clear direction. Know what you’re doing. Get in the space with Jesus so you can hear the vision of where he is taking you.

But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. 2 Timothy 4:5

A calm heart. Put aside the position of being a people pleaser. Our ultimate goal is to make our master – our Lord and Savior – happy. Resolve to be calm and peaceful in following him. Don’t let your emotions determine every move you make. Transition will rock you, and it requires steadiness.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

Clean hands. Live a life that is worthy of touching sacred space. Seasons of change means holding things with holy hands. With change, there is often chaos. As leaders, we don’t have the freedom to be reckless. Live a life that says you’re taking seriously the call God has placed in you to take the church to deeper depths.

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:9-10

Don’t fear change. When done well – when a leader leads through it well – it brings about good things. Change is necessary to grow, to reach our full redemptive potential, and to be the fruit bearing Church that Jesus dreamed we could be.”  (Read the full article)

 

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About The Author

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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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