Resources to Lead Your Church Through Change

Posted by Aaron Buer on March 4, 2021

Our church hit a milestone this past weekend.

It was one year ago we closed our in-person worship services because of COVID.

At the time, I remember thinking, “we’ll close for a few weeks and open back up for Easter.”

Yeah…that’s not what happened.  

As pastors and church leaders, we’ve been leading through what is probably the most complex and confusing season of ministry we’ll ever experience.

It has forced a lot of change, yet I believe there are still more changes ahead. 

One of the most important roles for leaders is to walk people through change.  

  • You were doing things that way, but now we need you to do it this way.
  • Your role used to be that, but in the post-COVID world, we need you to do this role.  
  • We used to have that many people coming to our weekend services, and now we have this many people showing up.
  • That number used to be our annual budget, and now it is this number.

One of the biggest challenges in front of you as a leader is guiding people into and through the change that lies ahead.

The last two weeks, I’ve been listening to a two-part podcast I found to be very engaging and helpful.

Like you, I’m processing how to lead my teams through the change ahead.

And so, rather than write my own thoughts on leading change, I thought I’d share two episode links that have helped me.

Neither episode is long, and both are very engaging and practical.

I’ve also included the show notes for the second episode.  

By the way, if you don’t read or listen to Patrick Lencioni, you’re missing out.


Part 1: Change is Easy, Transition is Hard

Part 2: Navigating the Neutral Zone


(Show Notes: Transition Management)


Wrap Up

How we lead our teams through change is incredibly important.

I hope you find these podcasts to be helpful.

If you have other great resources on leading through change, we’d love to see them.

Please share them in the comments below.

Topics: Advice

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