What I'm about to say is ONLY my view. But it comes mixed with forty years of pastoring and attempting to lead people into the New Wine of the Spirit which calls for New Wine-skins of methods and watching as others have done the same.
I'm convinced for change to NOT BE for the sake of change that what I'm writing here has validity. The suggested strategy I'm offering has been shared with pastors for years in seminars that I've taught.
Let me begin with this statement. Most [not all] of the people I've been associated with through the years are NOT AFRAID of change WHEN it is seen by them as being of the Spirit and is seen as an evolution into something new that He [The Spirit] is bringing about for the edification of the whole of the fellowship. Without this confidence, change can be seen by them as merely a substitution of one old wine-skin for another old wine-skin instead of an evolution into what is needed for the new wine of the Spirit.
What I'm about to share is a strategy for moving into change whether we're talking about a local fellowship or a family. It involves change that confidently come from the Spirit's control rather than from manipulation or someone's personal agenda. I've seen it and watched it and I applaud it.
A strategy for implementing change in the life of a local fellowship [or family] would involve seeing what is needed and asking/answering the following questions...
Seeing a need for having a way of testing to see if the Spirit's truly giving new wine or not.
[How is the new direction of GOING_ different AT THE CORE_ from the old?]
Seeing a need for having a way of evaluating new methods as new wine-skins.
[How is the new direction of GOING_ helped by this new method of DOING?]
Seeing a need for having a way of asking the FELLOWSHIP about how they see the change.
[How do we ask for and receive the thinking of the congregation about it all!]
Seeing a need for having a way of keeping the FELLOWSHIP informed on the changes coming.
[How do we design critical path chart to inform the people along the journey.]
This is quite simple as you can see. But I've lived long enough to know that it would be wise to never mistake simple for easy.