5 Essential Tasks of a Leader – leading change

Here are 5 main points from Adam Hamilton’s opening session at Leadership Institute 2009.

  1. Lead by example
  2. Clarify the Mission, Vision, and Purpose
  3. Identify problems to be solved and opportunities to be seized
  4. Lead necessary change
  5. Motivate and inspire

Like every other time I’ve listened to Adam, he was very compelling.  This morning he will focus on quality worship and preaching.  I can’t wait!

On point 4, Adam stressed that they have learned to follow this statement: “Change, innovate, improve, or die.”  He also acknowledged realizing that when he is the intigator, change is relatively easy, but when change is someone else’s idea, not so much.

I chuckled as he said this, as I too have realized that I like change-when it is my change.

For illustration, we were shown a Polaroid camera. They wre revolutionary for half a century and now are dinosaurs. (Is your church more like a Polaroid camera or a iPhone?)

Of course, we all know that the most difficult change for us to handle is not even change that is someone else’s idea.  Change that is God’s idea and comes at us from somewhere beyond any person’s volition – there is our real challenge!

4 thoughts on “5 Essential Tasks of a Leader – leading change

  1. Do you think some of our churches are resistant to change which does not originate with the self because churches do not have a good discernment process?

    If the change, regardless of what person articulated it, is of God, then others might be more open to it. Maybe? If there was a discernment process, perhaps I could get excited about the other’s idea of change?

    Also, I am curious to know if this conference comes off like a business course? I have seen these points hanging on the wall of a fortune 500 company before. Where is God in the midst of the points?

    • There are certainly churches that do not have a discernment process, let alone a good one.

      If all those involved believe some particular change is of God, they may well be more open to it. I don’t think that is easy to achieve. In fact, I wonder if people, in general, determine whether or not they believe God approves fo something after considering whether they themselves approve of it.

      The conference did not come off as a business conference. Well, I don’t think it did; but then I’ve never been to a business conference.

      I admit I tend to give Adam and COR the benefit of the doubt – but I certainly wouldnt’ say the church ought to eschew wisdom and insight on leadership and change that can be gleaned from business.

  2. It seems that change is easier in newer churches where the initial leadership is still in place and that initial leadership is still in place. Trust can be still built into the system (especially if they’re successful enough to put on leadership events every year).

    Coming into a long-established church as an outsider and trying to lead change is the challenge more of us face. M. Slaughter did it at Ginghamsburg – by running off a fairly large percentage of the people there when he arrived. Most of us don’t have the fortitude or support systems to do that. It’s also a challenge in our relativistic age (and church) to come in as The Change Agent, imposing Our Perspective on folks who already have Their Perspective.

    • There’s no doubt a new church has some built-in openness to change when compared to an old, established church.

      Hamilton talked about having had the realization that he is more pro-change when the change comes from him than from others – but aren’t we all?

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