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Trying to bring change?

October 12, 2009

Bringing about change is such a buzz topic lately. In the past number of years it has become ever popular to talk about how to make change happen. Millions of dollars are spent every year on books, listening to speakers and conferences from people who are trying to bring about change in whatever arena they are working in.

I have even joined in this conversation at times with this blog. And to be honest as much as bringing change is a buzz topic, it is vitally important. Because without change we will die.

But as I think, look, watch, read and listen to the people in the world who either want to see change happen or are trying to make it happen, most are doing it the wrong way. Sorry someone had to say it.

When trying to bring about change you should never:

  • Make fun of the people who you are trying to change.
  • Talk about how something needs to change, but never involve yourself in the “problem.”
  • Act like you have a higher moral authority than the person, or group of people who are trying to influence.
  • Leave mean comments on their Myspace, Facebook, Website, or hotline.
  • Only pay attention to the issue you “care” about in November.

When you want to bring change to something you should:

  • Listen to what the other side has to say.
  • Involve yourself in the problem, start by showing sincere interest.
  • Approach everything you want to change with humility.
  • Show respect in what you write and verbalize.
  • Be genuine, care about what you want to change 24/7/365

Thoughts? Additions to these lists?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Grace permalink
    October 13, 2009 4:33 am

    Hey Ben, good post! I especially liked the part about only caring about certain issues in November lol.

    I think its also worth mentioning that things will die with too much change (or change too fast). It takes a great leader to bring about the right change at the right time!

  2. Benjamin Davis permalink*
    October 13, 2009 5:32 pm

    Grace I agree that with too much change too fast can lead to death.

    But just for conversations sake… if change happens too fast and something dies… did it need to die in the first place?

    I would love to know what you think.

  3. October 17, 2009 4:34 am

    Needed to be reminded of this truth Ben. Your posts always have a way of hitting me where I need hit haha. Thanks.

    -Rodger

  4. Benjamin Davis permalink*
    October 18, 2009 12:07 pm

    Rodger thanks for always reading bro. I am thrilled it helps you!

  5. October 26, 2009 10:22 pm

    Hi Ben! Didn’t know you responded (I wasn’t logged in when I commented apparently).

    I’m sure there are things out there that should die just because they suck. They die because of what they are, not because of what a leader does to them.

    But there are also things that die unnecessarily because a leader pushes too much change too quickly. I heard a pastor talk about the first church he was assigned to. When he got there, it had pews, no multimedia, too much Sunday school, etc. He immediately changed all those things. Threw out the pews and bought padded chairs, etc. Little did he know that a board member’s father made the pews for the church when it first opened. And the church’s culture was centered on Sunday school. Without it, friendships and connections were lost, community lessened. Did the seating, multimedia, etc, really need to change? I guess that’s subjective. But the point is that the pastor changed too much too fast. The church went downhill so quickly that the district actually pulled him from the post.

    What do you think?

  6. Benjamin Davis permalink*
    October 27, 2009 7:59 pm

    I agree with what you are saying Grace. I know people that leaders have hurt. Leaders can bring change too quickly, sadly all they would have to do is ask the question “is it wise?”

    Is it wise to:
    Hire this person if we don’t have funds?
    Cut out the bus ministry if the church thrives on that? (Because of funds)
    Promote someone who just came into your church?

    Do you follow what I am saying? There are things out there, I agree with you, that just suck and should die.

    Thanks for reading.

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