Talking with several pastors lately, it seems there is an epidemic in many of our churches. I often challenge pastors to lead. For the most part our people want a pastor who leads (not controls or dictates but leads). But many churches are being held back by a minority of people who resist leadership because they want to be in control. These people stubbornly hold on to leadership positions in the church in an attempt to repel any real change.
One of my favorite books is Unfreezing Moves by Bill Easum. Using a circle divided into four quadrants Easum describes four different attitudes of church people. The first, and most dysfunctional is defined by the question “Who is in control?” This quadrant describes the kind of people I am referring to. These people ignore the mission, run counter to the values and are blind to the vision. Another book (can’t recall the title off the top of my head) refers to them as C.A.V.E. dwellers (constantly against virtually everything).
I would highly recommend Easum’s book for strategies to overcome the people who are keeping the church frozen.