Topics in Christian Ministry: Church Administration & Organization
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Dick Pritchard
January 28, 2003
"Need for Church Change"

I.   Change is life
A.   We never reach a point where nothing is changing
B.   It seems that all churches have a tendency to start off very strong but then eventually die off because they get concerned with appearance
C.   How do we make change the norm?
II.   Organizations disappear quickly
A.   Fortune 500 company drop-off (in 1999)
1.   1955 - 70% are out of business today
2.   1979 - 40% are out of business today
3.   7 years later only 66% are still around
4.   Average lifespan of a Fortune 500 company 40 to 50 years
B.   People most concerned about this are those who are invested in it
C.   Just as stock holders get heavily invested; people get heavily invested in their church
D.   Would it be all right for a good chunk of churches disappear (what about a whole denomination)?
1.   Is God's image hurt when we have to "close" the doors
2.   Is the body of Christ really being lifted up when a single family is upholding a church that "has always been here"
3.   What we are called to individually; we are called to in community
III.   There is not enough upheaval in churches
A.   Andy's "Shoveling Project" Illustration
1.   We have a project involved digging (or raking)
2.   We have so many disputes about how to dig up this project (conflict)
3.   We never get to the needed project of digging (upheaval)
4.   We look around in churches today and we see so much conflict that we do not think we need anymore, therefore we do not need upheaval; but in actuality we never get to the needed upheaval process because we are too caught up in conflict
B.   We have one category for upheaval and we think that is bad
C.   Actuality there are many forms of upheaval and conflict is only one (and often the most ineffective use - see "Conflict Management Notes")
IV.   Differences between change & transition
A.   Change
1.   Incremental
2.   Situational
3.   Ex. New sites, the new boss, the new team, etc &
4.   Change is when you have to do better what you already know how to do
B.   Transition
1.   Supersonic
2.   Psychological
3.   Ex. The process we go through when coming to a new situation
4.   Transition is when you have to do what you don't know how to do
V.   Church as chaordic
A.   Self-organizing, adaptive, nonlinear complex system that simultaneously exhibits characteristics of order and chaos, that exits between rigidity and flexibility
B.   The early church was almost a textbook definition of "chaordic": fluid, flat, fast off its feet, and strong on its feet when control at the edges only
VI.   Leaders that are visionaries spellbound by the past
A.   Deuteronomy 8 - "As I take you into the promise land, remember what I have done for you (referring to the exodus)
B.   Jesus - I have not come to abolish the law, but fulfill the law
C.   There are a lot of people that say they want to go out and make a difference, however the problem is that the structures that already in place are so strong that often times it is the person that is changed by the structure