Good leaders learn to read the changing barometer.
Planned change won’t take place until there’s a large degree of discontent with the way things are now. Whenever possible, it’s better to make changes by addition instead of subtraction.
This type of climate changer works more slowly than others, but usually, slow change is best because it gives people time to adapt. The more quickly you move into change, the higher the risk you take of it being rejected.
Just as the seasons of life are continually changing, there are signals that leaders can read informing them of where they are in the cycles of change. Springtime is a time of new growth followed by Summer which matures and ripens what springtime produced. Autumn is a time of harvest followed by Winter which is the season to deepen your roots and prepare for the coming spring. The secret is being wise enough to know what season it is.
This is the principle of the Sigmoid Curve. Growth always climaxes, and unless leaders find new opportunities, the church will plateau and then decline. Good leadership is always looking for new opportunities.
Take the time necessary to identify each group and work with them accordingly. Don’t allow a few hold-outs to paralyze your church. Remember, people can change, and systems can be improved. A committed minority will overcome a passive majority. It might be necessary for you to recruit some new players if you are serious about playing a new game.