The Unstuck Group is always growing, and today we have the pleasure of introducing you to Michael Moore, one of our newest ministry consultants. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, Michael has developed a deep passion for the local church, and now serves as Executive Pastor at Faith Chapel Christian Center in Birmingham, AL.
TIFFANY: Tell us a little bit about you. What led you to join The Unstuck Group team?
MICHAEL: For the last 10 years, I have had an opportunity to serve on staff at my local church in a number of different roles ranging from Marketing Director to Finance Director and now Executive Pastor.
It was in 2012 while in my Executive Pastor role that I had the opportunity to join one of Tony Morgan’s coaching networks for a few months in Atlanta, GA. The practical insight that I gained from that experience was exactly what our church needed. Little did I know that just a few years later, God would open up the door for me to join Tony and the rest of The Unstuck Group team as a ministry consultant.
For years I have always enjoyed having conversations with other church leaders around ideas that moved them closer to where they were trying to go. Witnessing these transformations firsthand has always pushed me to serve local churches and to help them in any way that I could to take a next step towards accomplishing their vision.
TIFFANY: You serve in ministry with your family, as do many pastors around the country. What are some of the things God’s taught you about leading and working with family?
MICHAEL: Great question! One of the main things that I have learned is that the ministry itself and the family unit are not one in the same, and that both require intentional investments to be successful.
To say it another way, while investing time into your family can often lead towards harmony within ministry, spending time working together in ministry does not necessarily equate to quality time invested in your family. So, it is critical to create margin within your schedule to invest quality time into your family outside of ministry.
TIFFANY: There’s a lot of debate going on right now about how churches need to adapt to continue reaching young adults. What are the most important things to consider from your perspective?
MICHAEL: Placing young adults in visible, leading roles within the church is a key, I believe, to reaching other young adults. Every single week, attendees are walking through the doors of our church and they are assessing internally whether or not they can identify with those who are out front in visible roles. Placing young adults in these types of roles helps to create an environment and promotes a connection these younger attendees can identify with.
Another key is to continue to refine our ability to share the Gospel in fresh and relevant ways. Young adults will always be attracted to churches that leverage creativity and technology to communicate the truth of Scripture in ways that are practical and relevant to their 21st century experience.
TIFFANY: When it comes to leading change in a well-established church, what are some key learnings you’d share with other young leaders?
MICHAEL: Over the years I have tried to apply a message that I learned from Pastor Carey Nieuwhof when it comes to leading organizational change—honor the past but don’t live in it!
As leaders, our odds at successfully leading change become a lot higher if we find a balance between celebrating what God has done in our past and not losing sight of the fact that He has more in store for our future.