Integrationof Faith and Leading Change
Integrationof Faith and Leading Change
Faithintegration can be defined as the process that is concerned majorlywith the general integral relationships that have existed over timebetween faith and the knowledge. This relationship has ever beenexisting between faith content and the discipline of faith inrelation to the leading changes in the society. For instance,christen scholars have attempted to engage fully in the criticalassessment of Christian faith and the existing truth claims that havebeen put forward in other disciplines of academic. These scholarshave further tried to situate their strong embedded faith in a mannerin which can be referred to as an informed understanding of thehistory of the church to the evangelical theology. The faith thatindividuals and churches hold should be expressed in a personal pietyand in a way that it will provide responsible services to the entiresociety (Anderson, 2015). Over the years, most institutions that haveever existed have been trying to defend themselves with all meansagainst change. For instance, this has been common especially withthe church where they believe that they are defending God. Thereligious leaders are the change agents of the society and have amajor role to play in achieving faith integration and leading change.
It can be argued critically, that most of the religious leadersincluding bishops and seminary professors are fully dedicated andvery saintly. However, they are often put into positions with the aimof preserving the existing religious institutions instead oftransforming and changing it. There is a growing fear among theauthors of Christian books that they may raise controversial issueschallenging the long-standing belief and practices of Christianityhence losing their audience. Change is considered an ultimate testfor a leader in the society (Hugen & Scales, 2002). It is acommon knowledge that human beings have been resisting any attempt tobring about change in the society. For instance, businesses have toembrace change in order to be successful and to compete favorably inthe international markets. Therefore, leading change is very criticaland must be initiated by religious leaders in their attempt tointegrate faith in the community.
Itis argued that change can only be achieved by the efforts of thecurrent religious and more specifically the church leaders. This canonly be possible in a situation where the church leaders who havebeen positioned to serve in the religious institutions act wisely,sufficiently outraged when the need arises and at times they shouldbe ready to lose their current job position (Kotter, 2012). For aleading change to take place, there must be a sacrifice of personalinterest by the religious leaders and in its place they must be morethan willing to perform their inner work. This is very critical forchange to occur because when they are at the forefront, pressing fora change in the society that they are in, they are not consideredbeing obnoxious. It is necessary that the religious leaders shouldtry hard to bring together different faiths and learn to listen tothe voice of God and spirit to make a significant difference in thesociety.
Thosereligious leaders that may be considered religious and who embracetheir God-given gifts may work advocating for a change in thesociety. Either this can be within the currently existing churches orat times, they may take the step to start a total new thing outsidethe church. The modern views held by individuals create a focus wherethe tools of reasons have been employed in the understanding of theworld and how it functions, and this done by taking things apart. Fora change to occur, there is the need to understand fully thateverything in the world is consist of the sum of their parts. Thereis thus the need for spiritual interpretation of human experiencewith God to understand the will of God that will result in a leadingchange (Holcomb & Nonneman, 2004).
In the modern society, the priest, pastors, and other religiousleaders are put in a societal position to try to stop the possibletrouble that may take place and not to make it. Therefore, most ofthe religious leaders have held that belief of sustaining peace andnot changing the ideas instilled in their minds. They fear losingtheir jobs hence shun away from any attempt to bring change that maycause trouble in their churches or faith. Those religious leadersleader who holds higher positions in their churches has fewer chancesto explore the spiritual call to bring about change andtransformation in the society. When an individual decides to enterthe ministry, there are few chances for one to change his or herbeliefs and other held practices.
Change is only attained when one leaves the ministry since exploringchange while in the ministry will create a significant conflict ofinterest. For instance, both Jesus and Paul evidently were working atother jobs to earn a living. Jesus’ first sermon caused lotstroubles and he was almost killed for that (Luke, 2015). On the otherhand, John was very concerned with what the Spirit of God was sayingabout evolving and ultimately to the churches and this was done inthe book of Revelation. It is thus clear that a significant changethat may take place in the society will at some time be accompaniedby a significant degree of conflict. Therefore, it is worth notingthat the religious leaders will at a time cause trouble in theirattempt to listen and act as per the will of the spirit call forchurches to evolve. Therefore, to solve the disruption that willoccur because of implementing a task to bring about change is toinitiate more changes.
There are successful stories of leaders who have navigated theircompanies successfully through a period of change. For instance,Pearson, a publishing company under the management of John Fallon,who was the CEO, took on a huge change project. Fallon announced theintroduction of a new game plan that will change the entire businessoperation and termed it “Global Education Strategy.” Heimplemented further a massive reorganization of the staffs bygrouping the employees into six distinct business units. Not allchanges that are initiated will be successful. For instance, PhilipClarke’s who was the former boss of Tesco is blamed for the failureof the company, and this included the brain drain of talent. Thefailure of the leader to introduce a successful change to the companyled to his job termination.
Faith integration and leading change are very critical in thesociety. There is the need to bring about change in the society thatwill to some extend improve the current situation or replace the waythings are done. For change to take place, there is the need to havea clear coordination and people’s will towards change. Faithintegration is the pillar for social transformation, and religiousleaders have a major role to play to ensure that the change initiatedbecomes a success.
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