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Use Your Turn Signal

July 11, 2013

In the city I live in, every other car seems to have a broken turn signal. You will be driving along all of a sudden a car turns in front of you. Or, you are waiting at a stop sign for the next car to pass and they turn – leaving you upset that you could have turned already. Now you are stuck waiting again.

People appreciate if the leader uses the turn signal before making a change. Surprise changes are a typically a bad thing for churches. They leave people disgruntled and wondering what was wrong with the old way – especially if the old way worked just fine. They do not want to be riding behind the leader and miss the turn; they want to be part of it.

Even captains of battleships use a turn signal of sorts. They give the order and others echo the order to the appropriate sections prior to the execution of the order. The captain wants to be sure everyone is ready for the turn so they may react properly. What is a churches turn signal?

A church’s turn signal may be a church wide meeting announcing a change of direction and the reasons behind it. Including a timeline, if possible, is best. Asking for volunteers to help steer the project through to a successful end is helpful as it gets buy-in and maintains unity through the change process. Another turn signal can be a church-wide letter that reiterates the coming changes and providing avenues for feedback.

Leaders, before changing things, use your turn signals as you prepare to make the turns. People will be ready to make the turn with you now.


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