You or Your Organization May Be Plateaued If… (Part 3)

You or your organization may be plateaued… If you’re trusting your programs to drive your growth. If you’re like a lot of leaders, you’re getting a bit weary of words like vision or mission. After all, what are words when you actually need to produce something. High-minded talk is just that…talk. Still, there’s no denying

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You or your organization may be plateaued if… (Part 2)

You or your organization may be plateaued If you’re better at why we can’t than how we could. A common characteristic in plateaued and declining congregations is the ease with which they reject new thinking, new ideas, new vision, and just about any other “new” mindset that presents itself. A culture of “no” often arises

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You or Your Organization May Be Plateaued if… (Part 1)

“So…you’ve plateaued…” Actually, it’s quite unlikely that anyone will actually tell you that, at least not in a timely manner. In truth, we don’t usually realize that we’ve plateaued in our careers, our personal growth, our marriages, or in the ministries we lead until signs of the more dreaded “decline” are in evidence. To plateau

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Subject to Change – 14

This 14-part series of blogs–Subject to Change–is taken from the first three chapters of a new book by the same name that I hope to release in 2019. Believe me, there’s a lot more thirst-quenching truth to draw from the well of things people wish their pastor knew about leading them in change. I welcome your comments on what

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Subject to Change – 13

Welcome back to our ongoing discussion of the things people wish their pastor knew before leading them in a journey of change. A second fact many pastors will discover when they look into the congregational past is that we’ve got our share of dysfunction. No congregational journey can be reviewed without discovering a fair number

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Subject to Change – 12

Welcome back to our ongoing discussion of the things people wish their pastor knew before leading them in a journey of change. Remember my friend Bill? He was the fella struggling to see a future for his church because the past tended to demand his undivided attention. Like a driver with an 18-wheeler bearing down on him, he

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Subject to Change – 11

Pastor, if you’ll listen to your people, you can gain important insights that will help you lead them in change. Here’s something you can learn…yours isn’t our first vision. There’s something exciting about a fresh start with a new pastor. You can tell as you watch the Sunday attendance swell a bit on that first Sunday. Even

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Subject to Change – 10

In an earlier blog in this series, we discussed how pastor and people could get off to a difficult start when their goals for the relationship differ. Remember, he wants to build a great church and they just want a great pastor? Well, one of the reasons for that disconnect is the simple fact that,

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Subject to Change – 9

They’re really good people. He’d been staring at me all morning with an expression unlike any in the room. I’d been teaching for over an hour. A hundred local church leaders and their pastors were gathered around tables, preparing to dive into a yearlong journey of discovery and discussion. Our goal? Find the future for

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Subject to Change – 8

Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at three ways a leader can build trust–relationship, success, and personal transformation. While one of these three must take place in significant ways before a leader can lead change, there’s one more that can “seal the deal” either in favor of trust or compromise it completely. The final means for

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