I have my doubts about programs that claim to train transformational
leaders. Most of them are implementing a pattern developed elsewhere,
one that has to do with technique and data collection. I received one
advertisement from a church consulting group that promised a
transformed church. Eight churches that the group worked with attested
to success. The brochure had the appeal of magic—quick and direct. But
I know from experience that what was missing in the ad and in a lot of
training efforts were the failures. Some churches didn't experience
success. What didn't work? And why? Anne Lamott advises, "When the
seasons change, buckle up." I would like to see a transformation
project that says, "Let us prepare your congregation for change. Buckle
I appreciate the goals of the transformational leadership
movement. After all, in a world where "perpetual novelty" is creating a
situation of "permanent stress" for all leaders, any help is welcome.
But I have doubts about any movement that makes transformation appear
easy and ignores the power of emotional forces.