Problems, Not People

2012 The Nines Conference


In this 4-minute session, pastor Carey Nieuwhof teaches pastors how to navigate change graciously. He uses the illustration of a Gaelic church to explain how and when to kill a church program. Carey is the Teaching and Founding Pastor of Connexus Church in Ontario.



Which of Carey’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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Killing a church program is never easy. Focus on mending the problem at hand, instead of attacking people. Empathize with the members of your church who don’t want to see the program grow. Embrace change, but also love people well. 



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