Gospel Centered Growth

Managing Change in the Church Part 1



This document consists of excerpts from training material on Change Management originally developed by Karl Koch for use in occasional consulting with businesses and not-for-profits not operating as churches. 

It is provided for review and promotional purposes and is not to be used for training nor is it to be copied without the author's permission.

  1. An effective method of managing change must be DETAILED, SYSTEMATIC, and PROCESS-ORIENTED.

DETAILED, so that management can assess:

  1. the severity of the change,
  2. the impacts it will have on the congregation, and
  3. the means required to manage it.

The severity of any change will be perceived differently by each person. It is their reactions that are important to the church, as an organization and as a fellowship of believers. Most often, those who are proposing or leading a change have come to a rational reason for the change and tend to view it as manageable. That will not be true to all members. Another issue is the need to diagnose all of the impacts the change will have on the structures and organization of the congregation. The means needed to carry out the change will be determined by its severity and impact. Any oversights can bring big problems.

SYSTEMATIC, so that all elements of change will be related to one another, integrated into a common model of change.

There is a need to project ahead and anticipate how the change will affect every other part of the congregation’s programs and work. Unanticipated conflicts can bring even the best of changes to a halt. The effective introduction of a change requires careful advance planning for unexpected impacts.

PROCESS ORIENTED, so that the type of change will be part of a common process of development and change management.

We specialize in helping congregations desiring to make significant changes. First, they must learn that God leads and instructs us into a new future. That future requires our preparedness for change. Secondly, this requires that the congregation have and use a spiritual and institutional process throughout its endeavors and life. See The Power Cycle for such a process.

In Christ,

Rev. Karl Koch




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