3 Practices of Change Agents

images-3Need to make some changes in your ministry or organization? Leading change begins with living change. Let’s start by taking a long look in the mirror to make sure we are practicing the change we are preaching as leaders. Here are 3 Practices of Change Agents…

1) Personal character. If we want our reach to extend wider, then we’ve got to go deeper. Only the trees with strong roots last when winds of change blow. Could it be that God isn’t granting greater influence because we can’t handle it just yet? Possibly. Regardless of the scope of influence He grants, it is always good to go deeper still.

Jesus had just finished teaching a large crowd by the shore when He gave His disciples a fishing lesson… “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.” (Luke 5:4-7, NIV) 

Seek to go deeper in your study and teaching of God’s Word, in your listening skills that fuel relationships with family, friends and team members. And, go deeper in an often overlooked area that makes all the difference…

2) Private habits. Our private habits mold our personal character. GK Chesterson both reminds and warns us, “Customs are generally unselfish. Habits are nearly always selfish.” What are my personal habits? What are yours? Have they carved out a rut going in the wrong direction for ourselves and those under our influence? Seek to establish habits that promote spiritual, relational, emotional and physical health (i.e. reading, fasting, etc). Be on the lookout for an upcoming post titled, “Holy Habit!” 4 Habits that Shape Solid Leaders.

3) Public challenge. Effective agents of change aren’t afraid to challenge themselves, their team and their organizations in a way that requires sacrificial living and giving. They understand that people will rise to the challenge when the vision is clear and the cause is worthy. Sure, they may fear falling short of their stated goals, but this doesn’t paralyze them into complacency. They take up the challenge for themselves and promote it with a sense of excitement and expectation, painting pictures and sharing examples of how, together, everyone’s investments are changing lives through Christ!

Leading change begins with living change. Let’s begin with a renewed commitment to consistently living as changing, deepening followers of Jesus Christ.

What practices or qualities of change agents would you suggest? Share your thoughts in the Reply section below as part of our ongoing “Small Church, BIG Change” series…

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