Change is tough enough when we’re the only ones involved. But the role of a leader is to bring about change in others and in an organization. All of a sudden, there are more people involved, and this change business just got a lot tougher!
God modeled some powerful principles of organizational change when He urged the exclusively Jewish church in Jerusalem to embrace Gentiles (Acts 10:9-23). This passage shows how God led Peter from being an opponent of change to becoming its champion. Take a look at these 7 principles of change God led Peter to model.
- God started where Peter was.
- God allowed Peter to challenge the idea
- God gave Peter time to work through his resistance
- God permitted Pete to experiment with small changes first
- The change proposal was well-prepared
- God didn’t ask Peter to “change”; He invited Peter to participate in what Peter already loved
- God convinced a key leader and allowed that leader himself to champion the change
Can you think of a situation today that these principles would be of help to you? If so, then Change Away!