The final major area of reflection is concerning organizational shift in contrast to individualistic shift. During this process, it seemed that there was a lot of focus on congregational change. The team was led through systems theory, transition theory, and missional theology. The team was warned that people might resist. We spent the majority of time focusing on how to change the congregation. Looking back, this was probably not the best pathway for missional change. The team seemed to dwell on what the congregation needed to do to be different, instead of focusing on their personal lives. This lesson applies to me as well. It was always about the church, this was the focal point. Instead of really honing in on developing the team’s missional awareness, the team was mostly overseers to some of the missional projects in the church. Looking back, churches do not change, but people do. Personally, there did not seem to be much missional change within myself. There might have been some more sermons, some extra projects, but was I more missional? This was true of the team. Everyone moved ahead missionally, but there was not an overwhelming missional ethic that was created in the group. It was too easy to look at what the church was not doing instead of what I was not doing. I believe that team did this as well. Missional change does not start with a church, it starts personally for everyone. As long as we can look at someone else’s failing in this area, we feel justified. This is such a larger personal shift, the only focus should be on you and me.
- Missional Dissertation Reflections–Kingdom Ethic
- Clarity in Change
- Stability and Change
- Read “Leading Strategic Change”
- Review of “Leading Congregational Change”