1. Don't change for the sake of change. - Sometimes we want to change just because it has been a few years and we are bored. Sometimes in these instances it is okay to make change, but what often happens is that you make a change that does not need to be made, then when it comes time for a change that should be made you cannot make it because people feel all defensive about their cheese getting moved to often. This is why you want to carefully consider any changes that you are going to make and decide if they are necessary and have benefit for your students and your church as a whole. This way you can use the good will you have stored up for situations where you really need it.
2. Avoid making more than one or two changes at a time.- Again, change is not always a popular thing. So to make things easier on yourself, and to give your students more of a feel of consistency, I suggest only making one or two big changes a year. Now, subtle things like what kind of candy you have is not important. But big things like where you go to camp are what I am talking about. As always there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes things are so bad that it is time to clean house, rip the band- aid off, and turn things upside down. But rarely is this the case. So make changes slowly and carefully.
3. Consult with others beforehand.- Not only does this give you some wise counsel in making decisions and making sure you are making the right choice, but it also can give you an ally. So if you consult with someone else who is respected in the church they can come along side you as you implement the change. Because it is much easier to bring about often times tough news with a team of people instead of being the loan ranger.
4. Be the leader in your ministry. - At the end of the day, once you have prayed and consulted with others it may be time for change. And when it is you need to stand confidently and be the leader in your ministry. Yes you should listen to the concerns of others, but at some point you must stand firm in your decision. Will you make everyone happy? No. But you never will. There are people who just thrive on drama and stirring up trouble. So when it comes time to implement your decision, do it lovingly but confidently and do not shy away from it,just because someone is displeased.
Change is not easy for you or others, so it must be considered carefully. Hopefully though these tips will allow you to implement changes in your ministry that need to be made, more smoothly and effectively.