The Church Acts | Change Agent

The Church Acts | Change Agent
Lee Reams


THOUGHT | We live in a world that is begging us to bring healing to their lives. Whether it manifests its self as emotional, physical, or even societal/cultural healing we will automatically feel overwhelmed and inadequate to help.

THOUGHT | Have you ever wanted to help others but didn’t because you believe you are unqualified or lacking the necessary experience.


ACTS 3:1-11 NLT

Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar

Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.

Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. 10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! 11 They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.

THOUGHT | | What does the Bible say about the Church being a change agent for God?

Teaching about Salt and Light | MATTHEW 5:13-16 NLT

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

THOUGHT | Top qualities of highly successful change agents

THEY STAND APART | Dr. Rylatt writes, “As a starting principle, to be exceptional in influencing large-scale change requires an excellent grasp of the complexities and tensions of organizational culture and the sources of power and authority. High-performing change agents stand apart from others by virtue of their ability to negotiate more expansive and powerful job profiles that increase their capacity to generate meaningful outcomes.

Much of this enhancement was built on perceived credibility and goodwill. Six skills assist change agents in doing their work:

• building relationships

• mobilizing the efforts of others

• planning and evaluating

• exercising power and influence

• resolving ambiguity

• taking responsibility.

The individuals who struggle most with influencing the nature and direction of change are those who lack the formal authority, time, and confidence to facilitate change. The study found that poor performers are less resourceful than more successful change agents.

Deeper analysis revealed three capabilities that differentiate high- and low-performing change agents: taking responsibility for resolving difficult challenges, articulating compelling reasons for change, and ensuring accountability over time.” Three Qualities of Highly Successful Change Agents Monday, July 08, 2013 – by  Alastair Rylatt 

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa, known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta[6] (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu; Albanian: [aˈɲɛzə ˈɡɔndʒɛ bɔjaˈdʒiu]; 26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), was an AlbanianIndian[4] Roman Catholic nun and missionary.[7] She was born in Skopje (now the capital of the Republic of Macedonia), then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. After living in Macedonia for eighteen years she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life.

THEY TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR RESOLVING DIFFICULT CHALLENGES | Dr. Rylatt writes,  Exceptional change agents become energized when confronted by complex problems. They find more reserves of resilience, courage, confidence, and grit than lower performers.

Typically these individuals believe that they have the choices, capabilities, and resources they need to drive action. They are motivated and skilled to build a dynamic array of social networks and connections in clarifying areas of confusion or uncertainty.

Their success is in large part due to their capacity to keep up-to-date on the latest thinking. They find the time to research best practices and explore the feasibility of incorporating emerging technologies into their business. More important, they have a belief in what they are doing and the motivation to make a difference. They tend to stay steady and do not flee when the going gets tough.

Personal qualities related to the ability to resolve difficult challenges appear to stem from an accumulation of life experiences that have shaped belief in their ability to overcome any obstacle. Exceptional change agents are more likely to recall memories of past managers, individuals, and even family members who have informed them how to overcome adversity and difficulty.

To them, change management is just another challenge they face in their lives and, as in the past, they believe in their ability to overcome and prevail by being resourceful and solution-focused.” Three Qualities of Highly Successful Change Agents Monday, July 08, 2013 – by  Alastair Rylatt 

Clara Barton

Clarissa Harlowe Barton, known as Clara, is one of the most honored women in American history. Barton risked her life to bring supplies and support to soldiers in the field during the Civil War. She founded the American Red Cross in 1881, at age 60, and led it for the next 23 years. Her understanding of the ways she could provide help to people in distress guided her throughout her life. By the force of her personal example, she opened paths to the new field of volunteer service. Her intense devotion to serving others resulted in enough achievements to fill several ordinary lifetimes.

THEY ARTICULATE COMPELLING REASONS FOR CHANGE | Higher performing change agents are meaning makers who have a consistent ability to articulate compelling reasons for change. They carefully craft and customize their messages to increase their chances to inspire and motivate people into sustaining their efforts. They are able to inspire action by providing clear and unambiguous messages and scripts on why commitment is necessary.

In my study, the influence of these key messages on the commitment of others appeared to be highest when individuals have the ability to exert their power and influence on the meaning making of others, through either formal or informal authority. The desire for a clear script is driven by the human need to simplify complexity and ambiguity. Not unlike a core message in a political or community campaign, a well-formulated and well-communicated script galvanizes personal curiosity and entices action.

Compelling scripts provide vital clues about what to do to bring about change, and also arouse strong self-belief and inner confidence that change is indeed possible. When this occurs, people appear more willing and able to reprioritize their time and organize themselves to move forward. To this end people need assurance and hope that visions for the future are worth working toward and are achievable.” Three Qualities of Highly Successful Change Agents Monday, July 08, 2013 – by  Alastair Rylatt 

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln  February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.[2][3] In doing so, he preserved the Union, paved the way to the abolition of slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.

THEY ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY OVER TIME | The final success factor of an exceptional change agent centers on the ability to access and nurture power relationships to generate personal accountability for change. Change agents are not timid; they are willing and able to call people accountable. They use a combination of compliance measures such as key performance indicators that hold people accountable for their actions and encourage contribution.

The higher performing change agents in my study had a high amount of collaboration—not only within their business, but also externally. This includes leading steering committees; participating in staff education, engagement, and work redesign programs; and incorporating objectives in business planning processes.

In the modern workplace, change agents must fight for attention as people try to make sense of many and varied priorities. One way to stimulate accountability is to ensure that there are sufficient levels of healthy debate in the system.

For this, the change agent must provide enough clarity, protection, and order to help people make useful contributions without too much or too little heat in the system. Too much heat can create unhelpful stress, aggression, and withdrawal, but too little heat can generate ambivalence and lack of commitment.

In the dynamic workplace of the 21st century, we need individuals who have the passion and resilience to foster higher levels of capacity and contribution to change

Learn from these individuals who are better performers—become curious about what they do that sets them apart from others. Being an exceptional change agent may not guarantee that you will experience success every time, but you will establish a track record of getting results when others may have given up or moved on to another project or activity.

Exceptional change agents are unlikely to give up easily. They are there for the long haul, with all its messiness and twists and turns.” Three Qualities of Highly Successful Change Agents Monday, July 08, 2013 – by  Alastair Rylatt 

Franklin Graham

William Franklin Graham III (born July 14, 1952) is an American Christian evangelist and missionary. He is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization. He has been a committed Christian since 1974 and was ordained in 1982.

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