A Three-Step Guide to Communicating Change

Drawing sketchIf you’re a leader, chances are you like to create change. Casting vision—dreaming of a better future—is simply a part of leading a team, organization, or local church.

The thing is, a lot of people don’t like change.

Or at least, they think they don’t like change.

To most people, change is scary. And if you’re leading an organization, there have likely been times when you’ve been frustrated by people who seem to cling to the past instead of dreaming of a better future. When we experience push back when we try to incite change, we often blame people for not wanting change.

Maybe that’s the wrong approach. Because in reality, it’s often our fault as leaders that people resist change, not those who seem to be opposing our ideas. Sure, there will always be people who are diametrically opposed to any change, just because that’s what they do. But that’s not how most people are. In fact, most people are actually open to change.

So why do you seem to get so much resistance when you suggest change?

To put it bluntly: you might be doing it wrong.

Chances are, when you’ve tried to enact change in an organization or a team, it was a good idea. You likely thought it out, sought input, spent time in prayer.

Then you announced the change. And you didn’t get the response you hoped for.

When a leader receives a lot of pushback about a proposed change (assuming it’s a good idea and a change for the better), here’s the reason that’s usually in play: The leader announced the what before the why.
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Leadership: Making Decisions vs. Solving Problems

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What does it mean to be a good leader? A common perspective on leadership is that a leader’s role is to make the right decisions, and the best leaders are simply those who make the best decisions. In this scenario, the leader’s team—the people who work for the leader—are to carry out the leader’s decision […]

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Reaching Your Community: Short-Term Mission Trip or Sold-Out Missionaries?

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In the last generation or two, the primary way that churches and ministry leaders in our (Western) culture have attempted to reach people who don’t yet know Jesus has been to build strategies around an “If you build it, they will come” approach. The church building was the hub, and we only had to wait for […]

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5 Truths about Parenting and Leadership

Truths about Parenting and Leadership

I happen to be both a parent and a ministry leader. Ironically, I spent four years in graduate school to learn more about being a pastor, but had zero preparation for the more important job. Still, there is a lot in common with the ministry and parenting hats that I wear. In my almost eight years […]

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Five Reasons Why Preachers Should Talk About Money and Possessions

Money and Possessions

There are few topics that make a preacher uneasy like talking about money does. I get it; it’s difficult to talk about money without sounding like you either A) are being judgmental or legalistic or B) are desperate to raise some cash for the church budget. As a result, many pastors only talk about money and […]

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Five Ways to Reach Your Goals in the New Year

Goals in the New Year

It’s a new year. As many are quick to point out, there’s not much different this week than last week—other than that most of us have gone back to work. But it’s a new year nonetheless, and it’s a great time to reflect on the past and what you hope to be different in the future. […]

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The True Meaning of Christmas, by Linus (and Charlie Brown)

Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Christmas Eve tradition in our house is to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. This scene gets me every time. Merry Christmas from the McVeigh family!

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Manage the Christmas Chaos


If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, December is fun, right? Unfortunately, most ministry leaders I’ve run into don’t feel that way. In fact, most people I know in vocational ministry look forward to the last week in December when they finally get some breathing room. It’s not that we don’t love Christmas or what […]

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How to Recruit and Keep the Best Volunteers

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Every ministry leader has felt it: The panic of not having enough volunteers for an event or program. Or maybe you’ve got the volunteers, but they aren’t engaged and don’t show up on a regular basis. No one told me when I started out in ministry that leading volunteers would be such a big chunk […]

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