How you do you navigate change when your context is really…traditional? Sometimes the very idea can seem impossible.
In today’s interview, Ron Edmondson shares several important principles that have helped him and his team lead significant change at a plateaued traditional church and more than double attendance in under two years.
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Welcome to Episode 10 of the podcast.
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3 Things You Can Do Right Away
Change is always uncomfortable. It can be messy and difficult, and that’s in any environment. There’s always a tension involved. Change is most successful when there is a relational trust involved.
- Lead into those relational strengths you already have. Many times you have relationships in church that are built, but you’re not necessarily using them because they may or may not be directly affected by the change. Those relationships actually may be able to help you through change because those people trust you, and they may have voice into the people who are directly affected.
- Embrace the current culture without erasing it. Respect the church’s past and understand its previous transformations. It may feel uncomfortable in the temporary, but in the bigger picture, understand that change is a very common thing, and it makes room for growth.
- Change the conversation in the community, within your church and among members. Get out into the streets and reach out to those outside the church walls. When someone experiences a critical life situation, it’s common for them to seek refuge in a church. Be active in providing that place where they can seek solace and redemption when they need to start over. If your church hosts a lot of activities that invite the community in, keep your messages persistent to draw attendance to Sunday services. Also, have conversations with active church members and encourage them to bring, not just invite, a friend. It’s one thing to send an e-mail asking someone to join you, but asking someone to meet you at church guarantees a better experience overall.
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Next Episode: Pete Wilson
No matter how successful you are you, you still struggle. Pete Wilson, lead pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville—a church plant that’s grown to over 5000 on 5 campuses—talks about seasons in which he’s had to overcome discouragement, dissatisfaction and being overwhelmed as a leader. Pete’s insights can help keep any leader going through whatever season they’re facing.
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