Leading Through Change and Controversy

Leading Through Change and Controversy

As a new year gets underway, there is one thing that we can almost guarantee 2019 will bring your ministry context: Change. Ministry leadership inevitably involves guiding communities through change, navigating controversy, and addressing conflict. Nearly 1/3 of our participants name Leading Through Change & Controversy as a Core Stressor.

Given that change is a constant reality in our world, we would encourage you to reflect on your own accumulated wisdom and the insights of others that can help you prepare for the unavoidable task of navigating change in your community.


Prompts for Reflection:

  • Can you think of a time that you have either led or experienced leadership that has navigated change or controversy in a fruitful way? What helped make this a positive experience for you?
  • What people/resources/tools have helped you navigate change and controversy?
  • Sometimes leaders struggle to have patience and grace with community members who are resistant to change. What might help increase this capacity in you?


Resources to Explore:

  • Dr. Malcolm’s draft chapter on conflict.
  • Garrido, Ann M., Redeeming Conflict: 12 habits for Christian Leaders (Notre Dame, IN: Ave
    Maria Press, 2016).
  • Thomas Kilman Instrument (TKI) — an online self-assessment of conflict response styles and other resouces which can be found at  http://www.kilmanndiagnostics.com
  • Stone, Douglas, Bruce Patton, and Shiela Heen, Difficult Conversations (New York, NY: Penguin
    Books, 1999)