Karl Vaters has some practical advice for all church leaders (but especially for smaller church leaders that want to move their churches forward): Don’t make change harder than it actually is. Start in the shallow end.
Karl writes: It’s a basic principle of life that we sometimes forget in the church. You don’t start basic swim classes in the deep end of the pool. There’s too much unnecessary risk. Pools have shallow ends for a reason. Your church has a shallow end, too. No, I don’t know what it is, because I don’t know your church. But you know. Or you should. If you don’t know, find out. The future of your church and your tenure as its pastor may depend on it.
So… how exactly do you find your shallow end? How do you know where to start?
Vaters suggests that the shallow end is the place in your church where things are the easiest… where everyone, including the pastor, feels like they have solid footing.
Ask this question: What do all these people, despite their differences, find in common that makes them, want to call this church their church home.
What is that for YOUR church?