I don't know about you, but there are days in ministry that I long for a routine.
The more time I spend in ministry, the more I realize that this will, unfortunately, never be the case. Ministry is an organic organization, it is ever growing and changing...never remaining static. (there are many reasons for this but that's not the point of this post!)
How can I as a leader maintain some semblance of order when it comes to leading this ever evolving organization?
1. Change is energizing: sometimes change is good. Oftentimes a needed change will breathe fresh life into your ministry. Don't fight it. Go with it. Leverage the momentum found in change.
2. Caution: don't be prone to "knee jerk reactions." Especially if we tend to be fixers or rescuers, we want to jump in and fix whatever problem or need we see. Take sufficient time and weigh out all of your options. Don't move too quickly.
3. Consider: Consider all of the potential ministries that may be impacted by the change you're considering. Consider whether it will affect parents ability to have kids who participate in more than one ministry, etc. Change is smoother if others who may be affected have a voice in the discussion.
4. Calendar: Planning out the various phases of the change is important. Schedule the various elements on your calendar.
5. Communication: this is a critical piece to making big changes. People don't like surprises. Make sure that you are communicating clearly to your staff as well as parents so that everyone is aware of upcoming changes.
6. Collaborate: Join forces with other ministries and move forward with big changes. Change is easier when more than one leader is touting the significance.
7. Calling/Cause: When making changes, do so by clearly demonstrating the calling behind the decision. A clearly articulated vision will unify everyone. A "win" that is identified by everyone will become your battle cry rather than divisor. Allow everyone to see the big picture...beyond this one element of change. Most people will rally around you and support the cause.
How do you deal with changes in your ministry? What other things are necessary for a leader to consider?