We’ve added another new face to The Unstuck Group team! Sara Chapple joins us this month as our new client relationship manager. She’ll be the one wrangling details and schedules, and making sure each church has the resources it needs to succeed throughout each phase of our consulting process.
Sara’s journey in ministry includes nine years on staff at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, as well as launching and leading a ministry for single women. Read on below to get to know Sara.
TIFFANY: How did you get to this place in your journey?
SARA: I began working in full-time ministry in 2005. During my years at Fellowship Church, I was privileged to lead in many ministry areas including singles and women’s ministry and supporting the C3 Conference. During my last three years there, I helped launch a network for churches and senior pastors called C3 Global.
I left full-time employment at the church and launched my own ministry for single women in 2013. During this season I spoke at events, led Bible studies and hosted a retreat. Towards the end of 2015, I began to feel the pull to be a part of a team. I loved the idea of working with churches and pastors again and found The Unstuck Group soon after.
TIFFANY: What did you learn about the reasons churches get stuck in your previous roles?
SARA: So many things! But I think a theme that ties them all together is uncertainty and doubt. Pastors and leaders in the church care about people deeply and take their calling to shepherd seriously. The decisions they make carry weight. We sometimes get stuck simply because we want so badly to make the right decisions. We begin to have uncertainty and doubt about what the correct steps are.
This is where the Body of Christ has an opportunity to work so beautifully. When one part of the Body is in need, the rest of the Body steps up to help. Leading a church can be very isolating, and the enemy can prey on that isolation. But when we work together and senior leaders don’t carry the load alone, the Body works! I really believe that.
Being a part of The Unstuck Group means I get to be a part of the Body that exists to help when pastors are in need. In 1 Corinthians 12:26, it says “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
I love helping pastors through the “suffering,” and I especially love rejoicing as they succeed.
TIFFANY: You’re worked closely with pastors, serving with an administrative gifting in several of your roles. What are some practical ways pastors can grow in their ability to empower rather than just delegate?
SARA: Empower like Jesus! Jesus was no micro-manager. He empowered the disciples, and He was strategic in the way He did it. He spent time with them. They watched how He worked. They picked up His DNA, so to speak. Then He sent them out on their own.
They weren’t perfect, but He brought them back in and taught them some more. He corrected them. They had failures. Some recovered and kept going and some did not. He let the ones go that needed to go. The ones that remained, He gave them the vision and sent them out.
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