If you are in leadership, you understand the importance of helping others not only accept change, but to embrace it. Change, or lack thereof, can often times determine the entire future of an organization and lead to it thriving or dying.

“Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

– John F. Kennedy

If you have a vision for your organization that involves change, here are some ways you can help others see from your point-of-view.

1. Pray about your vision.

Before you begin to help others accept change, you must first be in a place where you clearly understand and accept your vision. Pray that God will give clarity to your vision and that He will help you explain it effectively and clearly. Ask Him to reveal any strengths and weaknesses of the vision to you and show you which areas that you may need to pay more attention to detail.

2. Speak to “key players.”

Before communicating your vision to everyone, you should take time to talk to the key leaders and volunteers in your ministry. These are the leaders who generally have the most influence within your group. These people may be veteran teachers, community leaders, or long-time church members. Share your vision with them and listen to their feedback. Get them on-board first and your goal of getting everyone on-board will become much easier.

3. Communicate your vision clearly.

With influential leaders “on your side,” begin to share your vision with everyone. Paint a picture of what the future could be like with the changes that you feel you should make. Show them the end goal and the steps you should take to get there. Sharing the destination will help people take the journey with you.

What other ways have you found to help people accept your vision and embrace change? Leave your thoughts in the comment section!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.