A Behavioral Science Approach to Leading Change in the Church
I believe that leading a church is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. Pastors are trained for a profession and are educated in the necessary skills and knowledge to execute the tasks of that profession. We learn how to preach, counsel, teach Bible studies, and to lead worship. Then we are given the keys to a franchise, an organization, with out really ever having been taught how to run it. My colleague Rick McKinley, Director of Congregational Development in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, says, “it is reprehensible that we expect people to do a job but don’t give them the resources to do so”. How to Effect Change in the Church is meant to be a resource for you. It offers an overview of a process for leading planned change. My hope is that by taking this class you will:
- discover that you can have an impact on your church’s ability to change, and
- discover the change process and its principles
My goal is that you will begin to envision yourself as an internal consultant in your ministry setting, and feel a beginning competence in leading planned change.
This class will be held on Mondays, October 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2016 from 7-8pm Eastern Time. Click here to find the time in your local time zone.
Annette Flynn, MDiv, MSOD, ACC
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