Years ago I had the privilege of attending a children’s ministry event at Saddleback Church out in California. It was AWESOME! It was there that I met, and developed a tremendous amount of respect for, Craig Jutilia, the Saddleback children’s minister at the time. Craig is fabulous. He is funny, energetic (kind of “crazy” energetic) and has so many gifts in ministry. I even began using his curriculum for our summer Sunday school, which the kids adore.
Since then I’ve followed Craig as he left Saddleback and moved on to develop more curriculum and then leadership type programming. He has a great blog, of which I subscribe, and interestingly enough his blog spoke right to me this week. And, in light of the many changes in my life I found this to be yet another “God screaming at me” moment. I say “AMEN” to all five of these and I think we can all appreciate this wisdom. Here is Craig’s latest blog:
1. Am I Willing To Commit To The Long Haul?
In my experience change doesn’t happen overnight. We call that a miracle. No, Change is forged over time by leaders who stick with it. I like the quote from Winston Churchill as he describes the determination of the bulldog. “The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.”
2. Am I Called To Do This?
There is a certain resiliency that comes with knowing you are called to do something. It helps you crash through quitting points when they arise.
3. Am I Willing To Pay The Price?
Not everyone likes change. To be honest, the kind of change I like best is the kind that doesn’t effect me. There is a cost to leading change. Take a minute and review your emotional bank account, there will be a few withdrawal’s coming. It just goes with the “leading change” banking philosophy.
4. Am I Willing To Stand Alone?
Usually when you try and change something you meet with at least some resistance and reluctant contributors. My experience has taught me that as soon as you stick your head out someone will take a shot at it. Friends may distance themselves from you and even those early adopters who were cheering you on two weeks ago may begin to doubt. Heck, you may start to doubt yourself. Hang in there, stand alone, have faith!
5. Am I Willing To See It Through?
There will be bumps along the way and no doubt some bruises. See it through. I will risk the cliché here but when the going gets tough…