The Ingredients of Change

It’s safe to say that leaders lead for change.  Ministers minister for change.  Communicator communicate for change.  The goal is improvement, forward motion, and positive growth.  Whether it is the lost being saved, the children being raised, or the company succeeding; the goal is positive change.

So what are the ingredients of change?  What ingredient of change are you as a leader?

Photo by David Reese

Today’s popular term is Catalyst.  “Be a catalyst for change.”  I understand what someone means when they say this, and I don’t have a problem with it.  But let’s dig a little deeper.  Are we really the Catalyst?

A Catalyst is “a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected” or “something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces without itself being affected.”

Did you catch that?  A catalyst is not affected.  It doesn’t change!  How well can we lead if we stop changing, growing, and improving?

True leaders are reactants; they react to the catalyst.  And it is my hope that my positive reaction will lead to a chain of positive reactions all around me.

So what is the catalyst?  It is that which causes the change but doesn’t change itself.  In terms of ministry the catalyst is God.  It is His Spirit, His Truth, His Love.  Those things never change but they certainly cause a reaction!

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