Books, conferences and podcasts provide great teaching and models—but are you being coached as a leader?
We’ve been offering coaching networks for 10 years now. The reason we keep offering them is because pastors continue to share stories with us of how their churches have experienced greater health and growth after implementing the things they learned in coaching.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve told you a bit about our Leading An Unstuck Church online course.
As we have worked with churches during our planning process, we have noticed the same 12 core issues come up again and again. But, we believe you can be equipped to win in these areas with some intentional development.
Great Leaders “Equip” More than “Do.”
One of The Unstuck Group’s foundational beliefs that influences how we help churches get unstuck is the principle that churches should fill leadership roles with equippers, not doers. It’s laid out clearly for us in Ephesians 4.
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
If you’ve ever taken a chance, you’ve inevitably failed. And as you probably know, failure is not negative in itself — it’s how you handle it that matters. The best way to move past failure is to learn why it happened, and what you can do to prevent it in the future.
Leaders see it first: “stuckness” on the horizon. Leaders also take steps today to avoid landmines later on. In your small groups, in your worship services, in your staff meetings – leaders notice when things feel a little off. Like nothing is working like it used to, or when it feels like no one is moving forward. We know you carry the weight of it.
At The Unstuck Group, we work with hundreds of churches each year. We observe a lot of different types of leaders, teams, structures and methods. However, many of these leaders have something in common—something we find concerning.
When churches experience growth, the multisite conversation often comes up. But that doesn’t mean the next step is always obvious. There are several different strategies for launching campuses.
I’ve met lots of church leaders who take pride in the fact that they don’t do strategic planning. They insist they rely solely on God to move. Ironically, not having a plan is the same as having a plan to do nothing. And when you have a plan to do nothing, there are some natural consequences. I’ve written about these consequences for years, and I still see churches operating like this every week.