People get stuck.

It’s so easy to migrate to safe places and surround yourself in comfortable places. We love the comfortable.

Maybe comfortable is your safe place.

So, the big question is, is the safe place the best place? The obvious answer is no.

When comfortable becomes your safe place, you may become stuck or stagnant.

What are some better choices? Let’s start with flexibility. Our times call for flexibility. If you do not flex, you will break or become obsolete. The saying, “what Got you here will not take you there, is true.

Church work or ministry is no exception.

Just look around at the churches in your community. Most buildings are 25-75 years old and not updated. The flower beds are overgrown, and the plants are not pruned or trimmed. The outside can reflect what goes on inside. Just like some of us, we rely on the past to define our present.

Even Jesus said “no one puts new stuff into old containers.

“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.” (Mark 2:22, NKJV)

Your past accomplishments are vital but less vital in a new era. 


When comfortable becomes your safe place, you may need a few tips on how to get unstuck.
Here are a few hacks to move you out of an old paradigm:

1. Learn new skills to get unstuck


There is no time like the present. We are in a new normal. COVID-19 ushered in significant changes to society and the church. We are not going back to normal. Normal is no longer.


2. Embrace the hard stuff to get unstuck


Learning new skills is never easy. And learning new methods to an old skill is more complicated. The best educational tools of our time are right at our fingertips. Google or YouTube has training for almost every topic on the planet. Dive in headfirst. This may be difficult, but the reward far outweighs the challenge.


3. Know your season 


Everyone has a prime season. A super talent, you can extend that season, but sooner or later, your prime will fade away. A decline from your peak does not mean you’re washed up. It does mean that you must learn how to re-purpose yourself and accept a lesser role.

Even John the Baptist knew this to be true.

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. (John 3:30, NLT)

4. Embracing your new role helps you to get unstuck

Both individuals and team players face the reality of a role change. If you are on a team, you must discover how to serve your team in the new season of life.

If your best skill set is from a previous decade, then go to work. Don’t give up or give in to frustration. Don’t sell out to low self-worth. It’s not the end of the world. Some chapters end without our agreement. There’s no point trying to keep open what is closing.

Transitions open the door to the unexpected. Something better will show up. Some of the most significant outcomes will be the ones you never knew you wanted.

Accept the things you cannot change and maximize the opportunities at your disposal.


5. Get unstuck by discovering a new way to serve


People get stuck in old styles and old habits. Don’t do what you always do. Do what your leader needs you to do. Ask your leader what the team needs from you in this season.

So, embrace the shift and don’t be afraid to let go of the old.

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