Category: Healthy Church Network blog

As Senior Director for the Healthy Church Network, Mike works with many churches as they find ways to be more effective. This blog is aimed at giving the local church leader what’s needed for ministry at the next level.

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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Subject to Change – 7

Last time, we discussed the second way a leader builds trust…through success. Let’s look at another way to bring this critical element of trust into our leadership efforts… A third means by which trust can be achieved is personal transformation. Here, we have decided to trust our pastor because of the impact his or her ministry has had

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Subject to Change – 6

Last time, we discussed the first way a leader builds trust…through relationship. Let’s look at a few more ways to bring this critical element of trust into our leadership efforts… The second way a leader builds trust is through success. Here, people begin to trust their pastor because he is successfully achieving the church’s goals.

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Subject to Change – 5

A leader builds trust in one of four ways—relationship, success, unblemished integrity, or personal transformation. Let’s consider each of these, discover how they build a foundation for change, and identify how much change each will allow a pastor to achieve before the ice beneath his feet begins to crack. First, trust is built through relationship. This used

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