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27 Jan '15

Why unexpected disruptions in your ministry can be seen as a gift

Posted by T.J. Addington
Disruptions in our ministries are usually seen as negative things and sometimes that is exactly what they are, especially when they are caused by problematic behaviors. There is, however, another side to disruptions - positive or negative - to consider: They are often the catalyst for us to up our game and refocus our leadership. When things are going well it is easy to become complacent. When that complacency is disrupted by a surprise it is an opportunity to rethink, refocus, realign and reconsider.

I don't welcome disruptions but I have come to realize that every disruption is an opportunity to learn from, to rethink something, to refocus on something that I have probably not focused on for a while and even to rethink my paradigms. Think of these examples:


  • A key staff member leaves and it causes us to think carefully about the role they played, how we might configure differently or what we need in the future.
  • A staff member behaves inappropriately toward the opposite sex and we are forced to evaluate our training, clarify our expectations and open a dialogue with our staff.
  • A financial crisis occurs which prompts us to differentiate between critical ministries and ancillary ministries.
  • Something happens that causes us to turn to God for wisdom and solutions, increasing our dependence on Him.
  • Something brings conflict to the surface revealing a lack of alignment allowing us to clarify and align.
I could give many more examples but the point is that unexpected disruptions are often an opportunity in disguise - if we will see them as such and take advantage of them. They may be a nuisance but they can also be to our ultimate advantage.

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