Leading Through Transition

Day 5 of 5 • This day’s reading



"And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." Habakkuk 2:2-3

Transition should not be a spur of the moment decision. Consider every demographic of your group as you calculate the timeline of the transition. It is critical for all participants to have the time they need to become comfortable and familiar with the vision. They must be allowed to ask questions and be given time to buy into the process. Be as inclusive as possible when developing your strategy, so no one feels left out.

When presenting the vision for transition to the group-at-large, it must be communicated clearly and with honesty. Provide frequent updates, sharing the losses as well as the wins. If the transition is a large project, it will be less overwhelming to implement in phases. Some people will come along immediately. Others will need more time to digest the vision and determine where they will fit in the scheme of things. There will be some who will never agree, openly oppose the transition, and possibly leave the congregation or organization. Do not allow the losses to cause you to lose sight of the vision.

SUGGESTION: Make the vision plain, and be integral throughout the transition process.