Have you ever noticed that people resist change, but love something new? I recently launched something brand new at my church and noticed there was a lot of excitement around the new thing. I didn’t change anything, instead I launched a new thing.
I began to think about the differences between changing something and birthing something new:
- Change requires buy in from others; NEW requires only you to be all in
- Change requires you to seek permission; NEW brings energy to the mission
- Change requires meetings that are informative; NEW meets needs that are transformative
- Change requires transition (old to new); NEW brings fresh vision by outshining the old
- Change is often resisted; NEW is welcomed
I call these differences the Power of NEW! Many times as leaders we are fighting the old thing instead of focusing on the new thing. I am suggesting that the old thing can coexist with the new. Often we are so consumed with killing the old thing when it comes to birthing the new thing we are too beat up and broken to give our best to it.
It’s important to understand that you don’t have to kill something that will eventually die on it’s own. I recognize there are times when we must put a ministry out of it’s misery before starting something new, but as a general rule, as we give birth to new things old things will pass away on their own.
When you unleash the power of new people want to be a part of it. The power of new begins to draw the attention away from the old. Again the old isn’t necessarily bad thing, it’s just that new offers a better thing, a better way of doing things causing the old things to dim and fade.
Releasing the power of new doesn’t always mean something has to change. As leaders it’s important to understand the difference. Don’t give people the opportunity to resist something, instead look for an opportunity to release something new for people.
When is the last time you launched something new without changing something?