20 Truths from Jeff Iorg’s ‘Leading Major Change in Your Ministry’

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1.God has an amazing capacity to use leaders in their present situation, while at the same time using that present situation to train them for future ministry challenges. (p. xvii)

2.When leaders serve their followers—meeting personal needs in practical ways—word gets around, your reputation for caring for followers is enhanced, and trust grows. (p. 10)

3.While meeting every need is impossible, showing concern and caring for someone in need is almost always possible. (p. 10)

4.Major change, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder. Like describing surgery (major on me, minor on you), what seems like a small change to one person is perceived as major change to another. (p. 14)

5.When people passionately devote themselves to mutual purposes, amazing progress is possible because supernatural results occur. God camps around people who embrace his mission and share his mission with each other. His presence was palpable as we went through the journey together. (p. 17)

6.The final question to answer when diagnosing the need for major change—“Am I willing to see the change to completion?”—is a gut-check for every leader. Major change takes time—often years—to plan, execute, and fully implement. The onerous part of major change is not the dreaming or launch phases; it is the completion phase. (p. 50)

7.Foundational to helping people through major change is this seminal idea: change is different than transition. Change is the new circumstances introduced into organizational life, i.e. a new staffing plan going into effect on a specific date. Transition, on the other hand, is the emotional, psychological, and spiritual adjustments people go through when change is implemented. (p. 53)

8.Some leaders feel any opposition—like asking questions about costs or timetables—is evidence of disobedience to God. It may, instead, be a natural part of processing the change. (p. 55)

9.Some leaders mistakenly think a longer presentation always carries more weight. Not necessarily true. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address—only 272 words—is still more powerful today than thousands of longer political speeches given by lesser leaders. Shorter can be better than longer. (p. 67)

10.As a younger leader, insecurity caused me to internalize and personalize opposition, usually interpreting it in black-and-white categories. People were either for me or against me. Reluctance and reticence equaled opposition—not just to my ideas but to God who had revealed his will for our ministry. Actualizing my security in Jesus Christ and was fundamental in helping me overcome this misconception and develop some discernment about the reasons people were reluctant to embrace change. (p. 68)

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Source: Christianity Today