You’re facing a touch problem (ok, the optimistic you calls it a ‘challenge’) in the church. You can’t deny that it’s there, don’t want to deny that it’s there. Neither can your team.
You’ve tried everything you can think of to solve the problem. Repeated solutions that have worked well in the past. Called upon folks who have been decorated problem-solvers. Prayed and stayed awake nights.
Still, the problem remains. What can you do?
Problems are always subject to interpretation. What appears to be the case on the surface is often something different.
So when a problem just won’t go away, consider reframing your interpretation by trying these three things:
- Assume that the current interpretation is probably wrong. And go from there. Have your team adopt the same assumption, even if everyone doesn’t buy it. What do you have to lose, after all?
- Look at the issue from an entirely different perspective. Have your team get as creative – even outlandish – in throwing out ideas for different ways to look at the source, implications, and solutions for your problem.
- Revisit the source of the issue. Fill in this sentence: “This issue would not be a problem if……….”
None of these steps are a magic bullet. But they do promise to change the way you see your stubborn problem and to offer a set of new lenses, which just might lead to a creative solution!