the Monday Morning Debrief: Changes gone array

imagesIt’s that time of year again…TV Show Cancelation Season!  Now that most of the networks have wrapped up their “season” of TV shows, the dreaded cancellation notice has come.  And frankly, for some of those shows, this notice couldn’t come soon enough for me.  However, I am disappointed that “Deception” has been cancelled.  It had promise and intrigue but alas, it was not meant to be.

Of all the shows being cancelled this season, one show in particular has stuck out as having the most issues behind their cancellation.  That is NBC’s “Up all Night” show. There are many reasons for the demise of the show. In fact, for me to even try to summarize all the numerous changes to this program would do a great disservice to the pure mayhem that ensued over the 2 years of existence.  You really have to read this article yourself to fully understand.  But, the bottom line for me is that when you try to tinker too much, you lose focus of what you are trying to accomplish, lose people (your audience and cast) along the way and forget what you were really trying to do in the first place.

This disaster leads me to question changes I am making (or have made) in my ministry.  It makes me wonder, why am I making this change?  What am I trying to accomplish and do with this change?  How will this affect my audience and my leaders?  Will I lose any of them along the way?  Will it matter if I lose people along the way?

The reality is there are times when change is good and needed. But there are also times when change happens just for changes sake and that is not necessarily a good reason.  Before you make any change, you really have to evaluate fully what will be the impact of the change and determine if it will be worth it ultimately to do it.  Sometimes the answer is a resounding “YES”, but I have also been in situations where I made changes that didn’t need to happen and the ministry suffered because of it.

You have to keep your vision and goals in mind when you are deciding to make changes.  Making too many changes can cause you, as it did with “Up all Night”, to lose focus which then caused them to lose their audience, their cast and ultimately their show.  Don’t be like them. Make sure you take time to really process the pros and cons of each potential change.  Making the right ones could be the exact kick in the pants you program needs.  But, making the wrong ones could also be a blow that further pushes your ministry a little bit further down the hole.

Thoughts?  Experiences?  Post a comment below so we can learn from each other and benefit


Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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