Christ-like thinking and a Christ-like attitude should translate into Christ-like actions in the way we implement or manage change. Arriving at God’s will is not the only goal. God is just as concerned with the process in implementing or managing change. Notice the capitalized words in the verses below:
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy IN ALL YOU DO; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Pet. 1:15-16)
Sometimes leaders want to make the right kind of changes but go about implementing change in ways that do more harm than good because their actions aren’t Christ-like.
Christ-like Actions in Managing Change Means:
1) Communication and Cooperation, Not Coercive Tactics
In a previous post we considered the damage of leaders forcing change on people. We concluded that it is not an approach reflecting Christ-like attitudes. We need to spend time educating people on why change is necessary and allow them to be a part of the process.
2) Truthfulness and Integrity, Not Bait and Switch Tactics
Sometimes leaders take a “back door” approach to change. They lure people in with a bait that seems more appealing and then after policies are amended, people find out that what they thought they were agreeing to really wasn’t it. Such tactics are manipulative and deceiving, not reflective of Christ-like holiness.
3) Equipping and Empowering, Not Letting People Flounder Around Trying to Figure Out What to Do
The first two points above might seem obvious when speaking about Christ-like actions. Some church leaders will avoid the trap of being coercive or manipulative in managing change but forget about this point. Jesus not only educated His disciples about changes that helped them line up with the Father’s will and worked with them to embrace that change, but He also gave them the tools they needed to make the changes. He provided for the entire change process so they were able to successfully implement change.