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5 Principles for Leading in Unchartered Waters

4) Your progress can’t be achieved without change.

Whether you consider your church (pre-COVID) to be cutting edge or traditional, you won’t move forward without more change.

I know, that’s exhausting. I really do get it.

It seems like the only thing constant any more is change, but if we resist it, we’ll get left behind in terms of the fullest potential of our churches.

The first step in this process is to be clear on your vision. You have to know where you want to go and what you want to accomplish.

Your strategy (your plan) will change rapidly, so stay flexible and willing to adapt.

I wrote about how you measure success comes into play in point # 3.

All of this requires change at elevated levels because you are in uncharted waters.

It’s not uncommon that at least part of the change required for progress is about you as a leader, stretching, growing, and thinking differently. It’s also about how we do what we do.

  • What needs to change in your church to reach people for Jesus right now and in the near future?
  • How do you, as a leader, need to grow and change to lead the necessary change?

5) Your growth can’t be realized without mistakes.

Sometimes I want to tell us as leaders, just take a deep breath. We’re going to get through this.

It’s good to soak in that truth. No crisis lasts forever.

Multiplied thousands upon thousands of people are attending church now, and many more will come when they sense it’s safe for them.

Just like we all want to attend weddings, concerts, and football games, the desire to worship together in larger environments will grow.

I’m not suggesting, however, that it will be easy. And you will make mistakes. I will too.

It’s going to take time, and we will all make mistakes along the way.

Candidly, I don’t think the majority of our mistakes will be in the realm of strategy and programming.

Our mistakes will largely come in interpreting the thinking and life patterns of current culture. It lacks any stability to fully understand where things are headed.

Give yourself permission to make some mistakes, and keep pointing people to Jesus and the truth in His word.

And like Pop says, let’s help each other; after all, we’re all in this together.

This article originally appeared here.

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Dr. Dan Reiland serves as Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for 20 years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, then as Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY. He and Dr. Maxwell still enjoy partnering on a number of church related projects together.