One guaranteed emotional response to change in a church is fear. I have seen fear go off on its own course regardless of anyone's ironclad process, and I've seen change make a direct hit to the anxiety alarm in the brain.
I have seen clergy thrown to the anti-change wolves. I have watched transformational leaders butt their heads against emotional barriers.
Three issues are in play: Fear and other emotions complicate all efforts; many pastors are not prepared to do transitional work in their congregations; and, it's absolutely critical that churches connect serious change with their mission to the larger world.
Peter Steinke, The Christian Century, November 16, 2010