Transition is a demanding and unsettling season in any church or organisation. We in Newfrontiers have just experienced our most significant phase of transition when, as the original founder of the movement, I have handed over the leadership to the […]
I am happy to be able to report that transition in Newfrontiers appears to be progressing very sweetly!
The time has come to redefine Newfrontiers. Through 2011, Newfrontiers will begin to take on a new identity. It will be the name given to multiplied apostolic spheres who plan to work together interdependently, owning the same values, retaining the […]
Jesus referred to the church twice in the gospels. He announced, ‘I will build my church’, that is his eternal bride, scattered among the nations and throughout the ages (Matt. 16:18). He also spoke about relational conflicts being resolved initially […]
When leading people into major transition don’t leave things open-ended; lead them into full participation. Give clear steps which they can take to demonstrate concrete ownership so that the church feels it is moving on together.
As leaders ponder their vision and prayerfully dwell in the future, they must make decisions that will result in letting go of things that were previously important. You must discern what is no longer relevant and put it to death. This can be very costly.
Leadership is rooted in integrity. People will (rightly!) watch your lives, looking for consistency of words and actions. Honesty and truthfulness, demonstrated by promises kept and faithfulness in things small and great, will build credit into the leader’s account.
In recent weeks I have visited churches in the midst of major transition. One church is aiming to prepare its people for multiplying its services so that in the near future they will become two congregations meeting at different times.
Change can be exciting or unsettling, thrilling or alarming, depending on where you are coming from, your temperament and even your mood. David Watson loved to tell the story of his conversation with an elderly gentleman in a church that […]