Designed change is implemented often too slowly. Passion that’s created or could otherwise be gained is lost in organisational cowardice or apathy – for fear of the possibility of loss or a lack of faith in the vision.
It is, on the other hand, an organisational wisdom to tread cautiously with change. It colludes, then, with patience; the method and will of the Divine. Whatever organisation attends to this will inevitably be blessed, for it’s only the morally-corrupt who won’t again be brought back alongside. (And change must gently sweep past these in any event.)
The best changes are enacted swiftly but with much due thought to all concerned; those who are, or will be, affected. And, still, good and sustained levels of pastoral care will deal most effectively with the issues dredged up and made manifest out of the change.
Managing change is the suit of the committed manager and management team—this to the ideals of the vision foreseen, and the courage and tenacity to get the organisation all the way there.
The rapidity of the change process, therefore, is skilfully and carefully discerned. It is the most time-honoured and respected thing, apart from the ideal present in the change itself.
And as it attends to our personal lives also, we can rest in an assurance that God is in control of the process, no matter how we might be feeling otherwise.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.