John Lindell Teaches About Navigating Change @ DMR 2011

John Lindell Teaches About Navigating Change @ DMR 2011

Sep 27, 2011

This years guest speaker at the Oklahoma A/G District Minister’s Retreat was John Lindell. Pastor Lindell is lead pastor at James River Assembly Of God, a church that has experienced great grow and health. Pastor John shared about rest and leadership. Here are my note from session 3: “Navigating the waters of change”



Navigating the waters of change

Accept change as a part of life
As leaders we have to look at where we are at.
“Churches are going out of business because they refuse to change. Any church that doesn’t shift from ‘ministry as status quo’ to ‘ministries missions outpost’ will die or become hopelessly irrelevant.” – Lost in America
“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden
Psalm 98:1
Isaiah 42:9
Isaiah 43:19
Isaiah 65:17
Lamentations 3:22-23
John 13:34
2 Corinthians 5:17
Revelations 21:5
New verses that God gives us
Before you change, know who you are as a church and what God has called you to do.

The 7 Core Values:

1. Reaching the lost
2. Expositional preaching of the Word
3. Prayer and worship
4. Discipleship (water baptism, Life Group)
5. Children’s/Youth ministry
6. Believer’s involvement in ministry
7. Culture of encouragement
When making any change, make sure you sense the leading of the Lord.
Proverbs 29:18
“if you aren’t keeping score, you’re just practicing.” -Vince Lombardi
Have you ever heard or said, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”?

Better questions to Ask:

1. If it ain’t broke, how can we make it better?
2. If it ain’t broke, when is it likely to break down?
3. If it ain’t broke now, given the rapidly changing world around us, how long will it work?
4. If it ain’t broke, but should we still be doing it?
Talk with your leadership team and get their feedback
If your team is not behind you, you won’t make it.
Prayerfully, carefully, incrementally, repeatedly share it with your congregation
Go in with a tender heart and tough skin
3 stages of change:
1. Resistance
2. Tolerance
3. Embrace

Steps for change:

1. People’s hearts must be prepared, therefore the leader must pray.
2. People must have reasons for change.
3. People must be prepared for the change.
4. People must be exposed to models for change.
5. People must continually repeat the change.
6. People need steady leadership in change.
“The problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.” – George Bernard Shaw
John and Debbie Lindell live life full-on with a passionate love for God and a desire to see His purpose unleashed in the lives of people. For the past 17 years they have served together as Lead Pastors of James River Assembly, a dynamic and life-filled church in Ozark, MO that has grown to over 12,000 people in weekly attendance. More than anything, John and Debbie love to see the church flourish and lives transformed by the power of God! They have 2 married sons, David and Brandon, and a daughter, Savannah, who attends Evangel University.
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