Leading Change with Craig Groeschel at Catalyst One Day in Austin

Change is essential for growth but it is also one of the hardest efforts to lead. At the first session of Catalyst One Day 2018, Pastor Craig Groeschel from LifeChurch brings 4 essentials for leading through change.

How do we change things?

When we don’t like things and when things are succeedingThe greatest threat to future success is current successWe are fooling ourselves if we thin what we are doing now will always work in the futureContemporary is the new traditionalWhat was new and different is now very commonHow do we change without derailing what’s workingProgress is impossible without change.”Change is inevitable progress is optional.” Tony RobbinsIf you can’t don’t or won’t lead change, you will never be an effective leader.

1. Change how we think about change.

People think people don’t like change. That’s not true. People even pay big money to try to change.People don’t hate change. They hate the way we try to change them.Great leaders don’t cast blame, they cast vision. They take responsibility.Don’t say, our people won’t…Instead, we have not led them to…Own it!

2. Discern what needs to change.

Don’t ask the people what they think needs to be changed.Henry Ford: “If I asked the people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.”Discern by watching and listening.* Watch what is happening and what is not happening.* Listen to what’s being said and what’s not being said.Questions to ask:* What is no longer working well and needs to be changed? Thanks * What is no longer working well and needs to be stopped? * Do less with intentionality.* If someone replaced me, what is the first thing they would change? * Answer it today so someone doesn’t replace you in the future.

3. Obsess about the why before the what.

People change when they have to or when they want to.Out of desperation or out of inspiration.People may go along with a what but they will give their lives for the why.Three reactions to change:* The Critics (loudest boos come from the cheapest seats) just because they’re the loudest, doesn’t mean they’re the most. You’ll miss who matters most if you listen to them.* The Bystanders (80%)* The AdvocatesThe why:* Disarms the critics.* Educated the bystanders* Empowers the advocatesIf video doesn’t work it’s because we haven’t led them to embrace it.

4. Be bold. Tweaks never change the world.

We refuse to be limited by the past because God has called us to create the future.Bold ideas don’t have to come from the top. People deep in organization often have best ideas.You can’t change what you’re willing to tolerate.If that same problem is a problem in a year, you are the biggest problem.Quit whining and fix it.God has called equipped and empowered you with all you need to lead forward. Quit making excuses!

Cole Phillips

I'm a Connector, linking people with God and with others to experience the kind of life God has planned for them. I am the founding and Lead Pastor of THE CONNECTION CHURCH in Buda, Texas. I previously served in churches around the state as youth pastor and as pastor before moving to Kyle in the Spring of 2004. I love to lead people to connect with God and those around them and thrive on changed lives. I earned a doctorate in missions and evangelism with an emphasis on church growth. My heart beats for helping people connect with God and connect with others in an authentic community of faith. I love listening to and making music. I also enjoy hanging out with my family. Pam and I have been married since 1991 and we have two daughters, Makenzie and Bethanie. We are planting our lives in Hays County and allowing God to build a great church through us.