Change is hard.
Don’t make it harder than it has to be.
If I could only give one piece of advice to pastors who are struggling to turn a dying, unhealthy, static church into a fresh, healthy, innovative one, this would be it:
Do the easy parts first.
It’s a basic principle of life that we sometimes forget in the church. You don’t start elementary swim classes in the deep end of the pool. There’s too much unnecessary risk. Pools have shallow ends for a reason.
Your church has a shallow end, too.
No, I don’t know what it is, because I don’t know your church. But you know. Or you should.
If you don’t know, find out. The future of your church and your tenure as its pastor may depend on it.
Here are four of the steps that helped me find and make changes in the shallow end of the church I pastor: