Implementing a Men's Discipleship Program: Nine Themes
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, June 26 2005 19:00|
For many years I have been studying the question, “Why do some men’s discipleship programs succeed while others languish or fail?”
Over the last two years I have read the most relevant and current academic journals on implementing organizational change (especially new programs) looking for clues.
Apparently the problem isn’t limited to men’s discipleship programs. Despite a rich and diverse literature about organizational change, it may be safe to say that only about one-third of organizational change initiatives survive beyond initial implementation (e.g., Beer, 2003; Kotter, 1995; Miller, 2002; Senge, 1999; Yin, 1978).
Nevertheless, the literature identifies several dozen implementation factors that can be grouped under nine major themes. Starting with the next Weekly Briefing, I will give you the Clif Notes on what I’ve been finding—one theme and related factors each week for the next nine weeks.
These themes and factors can be applied broadly to implementing any program or initiative for organizational change—not just men’s discipleship programs (e.g., your business, your church, or even your family). In the meantime, here is an Executive Summary of the whole thing...
Theme One: Leadership
Theme Two: People
Theme Three: The Right Idea
Theme Four: Planning
Theme Five: Resources
Theme Six: Execution
Theme Seven: Communication Plan
Theme Eight: Resistance
Theme Nine: Sustainability
Beer, M. (2003). Why total quality management programs do not persist: the role of management quality and implications for leading a TQM transformation. Decision Sciences, 34(4), 623-642.
Kotter, J. P. (1995). Leading change. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
Miller, D. (2002). Successful change leaders: what makes them? what do they do that is different? Journal of Change Management, 2(4), 359-368.
Senge, P. (1999). The dance of change. New York: Currency Doubleday.
Yin, R. (1978). Changing urban bureaucracies: how new practices become routinized. Santa Monica: The Rand Corportation
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,