We are dealing with some crazy and difficult times right now in our world! And I believe as believers these are our greatest days! The world needs hope like never before and we can be a part of the solution!
After about 4 months of having church online only, we have now had a few Sundays worshiping in our building. And it is amazing! In many ways it reminds me of when we first started the church 22 years ago in an elementary school cafeteria. I would describe it as a relaunching of our church not just a regathering. Every week we are seeing people make a decision to follow Jesus, we are seeing many first time guests and taking their next steps!
These aren’t days that we should retreat or even maintain, but these are days that we need to advance! Jesus commands us to “Go and make disciples of all nations” and now is our time! So, here are three keys I believe that will help you as a leader navigate through uncharted waters. These principles are helpful not only for pastors but also for business leaders and leaders in every area.
3 keys to leading through a crisis:
ASSESS – If we aren’t careful we will just repeat what we were doing before this crisis began. It feels normal just to regather and continue with what and how we were doing it before. But let me encourage you to assess every aspect of your organization. The only thing that doesn’t change is the vision. But we must evaluate our strategy and processes. Let me encourage you to look at everything with fresh eyes. Ask some people to evaluate what you are doing as well as any activities that you are doing. It’s worth the time!
ADDRESS – After you assess every area of your organization then address some options for what needs to change or be adjusted. Gather your team and have some green light thinking. This will not only help with “buy in” but our greatest solutions come from brainstorming with others!
Make sure before you make changes to communicate with your team and give them time to prepare for the necessary changes.
PROGRESS – Now is when you begin to take some action steps and implement! Don’t worry about trying to do everything perfect. The goal is not perfection but to move forward. You will need to take some time to prioritize what is the most important area to start and then continue the others. This may require you to take some steps of faith because it may be out of your comfort zone.
Now repeat the steps because we will need to continue to assess, address and progress. We never arrive! The exciting part is that we get to keep learning and growing! Let me encourage you to not give up and if you need help ask! I believe some of the greatest ideas and greatest impact will happen during these days! Let’s go for it! People need hope!