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Don’t Be Surprised by Push-Back (Plan for It!)

August 2, 2013

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Navigating Push-Back 

I have been the Senior Pastor at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since July 1, 1997.  In this time we have grown from just over 200 per weekend to well over 2,000.  We now have three off site campuses and two Biker Churches that meet in bars.  We are constantly engaged in the economy of change.

Here are eight practical ways we deal with push-back that have kept Christ Church healthy and growing over these years:

 1. Get to the Bottom of It  People will push-back in various ways during change.  We like to say that often, “What folks are talking about isn’t what they are talking about.”  When a complainer comes your way, ask yourself, “What is this conversation really about?”  It is normally about personal preference, loss of power or fear of the future.  These are very real concerns; it’s just that people often lack the sophistication…

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