How to Ensure Change Never Happens

It’s really quite simple: give everyone a say.

Change is almost impossible when everyone has a say.

The problem with giving everyone a say is that everyone has an opinion.  When everyone has an opinion, it’s impossible to get consensus.  And even if you pull off the Herculean feat of getting consensus from a crowd, the vision will be so diluted it won’t be worth sacrificing for.

So here’s a tough question to start your week:  how much time are you spending as a leader trying to get consensus from everyone on the change you are trying to make? Ever wonder if that’s killing your ability to change?

I realize this thought runs counter to much of what we accept in church world and even in business, but push hard.  Can you ever find an example where an effective biblical leader tried to give everyone a say?  I suppose the best example is when Moses disappeared and Aaron took over and listened to the people (Exodus 32).  If the goal of our change is gold calfs and idol worship, giving everyone a say may be exactly what we need to do.

Later this week we’ll look at how input works best when it comes to change, but in the meantime, ask yourself this:  how much time was I going to waste this week trying to get everyone to buy into the changes I want to make?

If you stop focusing on everyone, you might get somewhere worth going.


  1. Becky on May 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I agree! When we waste time trying to please everyone and get them onside, the bus has already moved on to the next stop. I think if we worried less about keeping everyone happy and worried more about keeping God happy the church would be a lot healthier.

    • Carey on May 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Great points Becky. I love your analogy of the bus already having moved to the next stop. So true!

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