Is Your Church Resisting Necessary Change? Try This Helpful Strategy

What does a pastor do when change is needed in order to reach a changing community – or simply to keep the current congregation alive – but we're met with resistance from the very church members whose support and energy are needed to get the job done? My most important advice to pastors facing this dilemma is easy to state, but very difficult to do. Don’t attack their comfort zone, ease their fears. Don’t attack their comfort zone, ease their fears. It’s easier to get someone to move from something familiar to something new by helping them see the advantages of the new idea than by attacking a familiar idea. And the first step in doing that is to make the new idea more appealing by making it less frightening.

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What does a pastor do when change is needed in order to reach a changing community – or simply to keep the current congregation alive – but we’re met with resistance from the very church members whose support and energy are needed to get the job done?

My most important advice to pastors facing this dilemma is easy to state, but very difficult to do. Don’t attack their comfort zone, ease their fears.

Don’t attack their comfort zone, ease their fears.

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