Leading in a church revitalization can be difficult when one or a few people are working against you. Today, we discuss how to lead through this situation.
Today’s Listener Question:
I have a church bully problem. One church member, whose name rhymes with Dodger, keeps making ends runs around decisions I make and is generally undoing things as I try to do them in our revitalization. I guess he’s not a bully as much as he is a foe making power moves on me and the staff.
- Church members often want change until it means they have to change, too.
- It’s hard to be negative toward someone when you are praying for them.
- Sometimes it’s easier to lead around people than over them.
- When you have a power player in the church, it will inevitably lead to a negative situation in the church.
The seven tips when dealing with a power player are:
- This situation is not uncommon, even if everyone said they were on board
- Begin with prayer
- Try to decide if the blockage is a workaround or clash of the titans
- Enlist others to help
- Focus on the positive where you can
- Be aware of the energy vampires
- Only as a last resort, ask the power player to go
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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