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Episode Info: ched a sermon. In the sermon I exegeted the passage, I parsed the Greek, I shared all the theological truths that I could share. And in the midst of all that, I shared a story of a three-legged dog.   At the end of the service, I stood in the back to shake hands as I always do. And what did the people talk about, what did they share with me. Not the exegesis, not the Greek, not the theology. No, they wanted to talk about the three-legged dog. They asked questions of the dog, they shared their own stories about three-legged dogs. Cast the vision in story form and the people will respond to it. Put the story in the future tense and use members of you congregation as characters. Perfect your elevator speech. An elevator speech is a short speech you can give during a typical elevator ride. In other words, you need a way to share the vision in only one minute or less. You will probably not share this on an elevator, but you may share it at the start of a SS class or while standing in line at a church fellowship. So have short version. And this short version should trumpet the negatives if we do not change and the positives of how this change will fix the current problems. Use multiple forms of media. In a past episode, I told you to use every communication channel you have. Now I am telling you, the more ways you can communicate this vision the better. The lobby project came alive  for the people when I showed them a 3-d mock up and a video moving the viewer through the projected lobby, the people got very excited. You need to share this vision one-on-one especially with key players, stakeholders, and key supporters in your church. Sounds like your schmoozing. And you are. There are people in every church who people come to and respect. They have official leadership positions – elder, deacon, trustee – and unofficial – the church busy body, the church know it all. You need to take the time to communicate this vision with these people. And you need to do it one-on-one. How often should you share the vision. If you do the above 4 steps you will be sharing the vision all the time. But I would not let 3 Sundays go by before I present the vision again. The final thing you need to do while you are in the neutral zone is that you need to manage. If you are like me you already hate this step. I would much rather teach and preach. But with changes, you must put on your manager hat and manage this change. You need to manage the transition team. You need to manage the key leaders that will be owning the new thing. And you need to manage presenting of the vision. You need to be hands on, no laissez-faire laid back style will probably not work. Sorry for that news. You need to manage the journey through the neutral zone. So, we considered phase two of change – every transition has three parts – the ending, the neutral zone and the beginning of the new thing. Today we looked a the neutral zone. I covered the three hazards found in the neutral zone People are more apt to leave. People will want to return to the former ways. You will be tempted to remain in the neutral zone and called it change. Then we covered the four things you must do the complete the neutral zone You must build a transition management team. You must identifiy the owners of the new beginning and get them involved. You must regularly communicate the vision. You must closely manage the process through the neutral zone.   This is Mark Jones and you have been listening to episode 26 of Coaching Christian Leaders. If you have benefitted from this podcast, please leave a review on iTunes or wherever you listen. If you are about to go through a major change I strongly suggest you read Dr. William Bridge’s book Managing Transitions. I will have a link in the show notes. Finally, if you feel that coaching would help you, that is something I provide one-to-one and with groups. You can contact me at for more information. Thanks and I will speak with you soon. Resources Managing Transitions, by William Bridges The Center for Creative Leadership -
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