“If I were the new pastor in your church, and the first Sunday I moved that grand piano to the other side of the sanctuary, what would happen?” Those were my words for the pastor as he walked me on a tour through the sanctuary. “Well, John, they would probably fire you. “ I followed up with one more response: “So, I would accomplish the goal by ‘moving the piano’ 6” each week over the year, and no one would ever notice.”
This story reinforces the challenge we face in the journey that a congregation engages in when conversations concerning culture change are encountered. “We’ve always done it that way … we understand that change must happen, but can we accept it one step at a time? Let’s gather together in spiritual conversations to see where God is leading us.”
So, E³ engaged with the congregation in discovering the Master’s Plan for bringing growth, vibrancy and transformation back into their culture. Measureable goals and renewed energy created visible transformation in the character and culture of the congregation.
Listen to the phenomenal message of the pastor and his incredible observations for culture change:
“Saturday’s meeting definitely rubbed off on the church! My Sunday School class was animated and participatory as I have never seen it, and our worship service had a different and improved feel. Even the business meeting on Sunday evening had an excitement and boldness to it I’d never experienced, as though people really meant business. During this session, we anointed a young member who sensed a calling to lead our youth ministry as she stepped forward following the excitement of our Congregational Planning Summit on Saturday.
I’m now confronted with something I haven’t had in my 29 years of pastoring: a young person who’s on fire! I’m so used to ho-hum ministry that this has caught me totally off guard! It makes me see how much enthusiasm I’ve lost over the years … suddenly I have somebody on my hands that I have to spiritually lead! And I’m sure during this Master’s Planning Process with E³, there will be others! Guess this is what we called you for, right?”
Do you have a “grand piano” that needs to be moved … in a different context; do you need to engage in culture change? Enter this process with extreme caution … excitement and exponential growth could happen!
Do you dare?