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Episode Info:   Hi, this is Mark Jones and today I want to share a story about how I completely overhauled the most important ministry of the church and did not lose one member. But before we get into that, I want to thank you for listening to Coaching Christian Leaders.  I truly appreciate your support. Since episode 22 we have been studying how to lead change in your organization. We learned that all changes go through three distinct phases. First, something must end. Then the second phase is what Dr. William Bridges in his book Managing Transitions the neutral zone. And finally, the third phase is the starting of something new. Today we are going to talk about starting that new ministry. And I will have several coaching questions for you that will help with the startup In the last episode, we focused on the work going on while you are between the old and the new – the neutral zone phase. I recommended that create and manage a transition management team. This team is preparing future leaders, creating the necessary materials – curriculum, policies, things like that. It is a highly creative time, that should never be skipped. One thing the transition management team must create is a 30-, 60-, 90-Day Plan. This 30, 60, 90 Plan will get your start-up off on good footing, and most importantly it will enable you to get some early wins. John Kotter, in his book Leading Change, really stresses the importance of these early wins. I am really keen on Dr. Kotters’ book, Leading Change. I want to recommend you pick up a copy. It is an excellent book and I will be referring to some of his ideas today. And in future episodes, we will dive even deeper to try and take Dr. Kotter’s ideas and apply them to the church. Like William Bridges book, Managing Transitions, Dr. Kotter did not write his book with a church in mind. Rather, the focus is on businesses. But I do believe we can learn from these books and put into action many of the things they present. Let me quickly share with you Dr. Kotter’s 8 Step Change Model. A few of his ideas will shape this episode. And I will come back to John Kotter’s work in future episodes. Create an Urgency – I there is no urgency for this change you are attempting then it will fail. You, the leader, need to communicate this urgency. One more thing, if your congregation or your leaders do not catch this urgency, the change will not happen. Form Powerful Guiding Coalitions Develop a Vision and a Strategy – I will say bit more about this is a few minutes. Communicate the Vision – In past episodes, I touched on communication. Remove Obstacles Create Short-Term Wins Consolidate Gains Anchor Change in the Corporate Culture – Make this change stick or become an essential part of the ministry. I will feature a few of these in today’s episode. But to get the full understanding, you need to pick up Leading Change by John Kotter. Now let’s consider your 30, 60, 90 Plan. Your Transition Management team needs to create this pla...
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