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I’m considering dividing the worship team into smaller groups. ”) 6. Listen to and respect their views. They may bring up an important point you might overlook. eI1IIa'. iP1;°°e$SE 7. Incoriiorate theif suggested changes or additions whenever possible. 8. As your music ministry grows, include the directors of other groups, accompanists, worship leaders, section leaders, or choir officers in regular prayer and planning sessions. 9. Try not to be defensive about questions or hesitations regarding changes you propose.

To. the ,, change by mulling it over and even adding to or adjusting . ’ it . Admittedly this pastor has a wonderfully cooperative congregation and board , but he also recognizes and respects . one important factor in dealing with human beings—we resist change He s learned to give his people time to adjust to changes and to absorb his visions and attitudes You know people have made your vision theirs when they begin to say it themselves. Ask any member of Phoenix First Assembly of God what kind of church they belong to and they’ll tell you theirs is a soul-winning church.

Listen to the other person. ,Be specific. 7QDon’t respond in kind. Being Confronted If confronting is difficult, it’s even harder being confronted. When the “well-intentioned dragons” (as Marshall Shelley calls them in his book of the same name) spew forth fire and smoke, it’s almost impossible not to get a little singed. But there are ways to keep from being consumed. One of the hardest lessons to learn is how to let another person’s anger roll off without taking it personally. My husband, Ken, is much better at this than I am, and his ability to listen calmly to an angry parishioner has diffused a lot of volatile situations.

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