4 Accelerators for Effective Change in Your Church (part 1 of 2)

Gabe Kolstad here again today.  I’ve been through two Advanced Coaching Networks with Nelson and I’m the Senior Pastor of Westside Community Church in Beaverton, Oregon.

Last week we looked at the 5 Change Killers that hold us back from leading effectively in a changing world.  Hopefully you’ve been able to go to work on at least one of those areas and experience some progress.

Today we’ll be diving in to explore the first two of 4 ways you can speed up and increase the effectiveness of your change efforts.  Let’s jump right in…

1. ACTION: Do what you can, right now. 

Tony Robbins once said, “Motion creates emotion.”  That’s very true, and it’s helpful to realize this when we’re looking to make positive changes in the church.

The worst thing you can do for your church is nothing.  

Stagnation is contagious, and it will hold you back when you want to go forward.

Think about it, what is the first step in the right direction?  Can you take that step right now?

Maybe it would be helpful to approach it this way: What is one change you can make without asking anyone permission?

Find it, do it, and create some forward motion today.

2. VISION: Get clear about where you’re going.

As we know – vision for God’s church is discovered, not created.  He has already planned it all out.  Your task as the leader is to discern what that plan is, and to communicate the vision to your leaders and your entire church.

If you’re not sure where to start, remember that you’re really just trying to answer the question, “What will it look like when we get there?”

Les & Leslie Parrott define vision as “A picture of the future that creates passion in the present.”  Talk it out, write it out, pray it out, and don’t wait until it’s perfect or complete to begin sharing it.  You might look for a prop or a physical illustration to help explain it to your people.

Most importantly, make sure the priorities, activities, and resources of your church support the direction God is leading you.

That’s 2 of the 4 accelerators that I’ve identified and used in my church.

I’ll share the other two in tomorrow’s post – talk to you then.


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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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