About Ryan Stigile

Ryan is a Strategic Analyst for The Unstuck Group. He is also the Director of Expansion at NewPointe Community Church, a six campus church in Northeast Ohio. There, he is focused on the launch and continued development of new campuses. Ryan has a Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and degrees in business administration and discipleship ministry from Lee University.

Building a Ministry Dashboard You’ll Actually Use

We talk a lot about numbers at The Unstuck Group. In fact, we’ve even written a book on measuring church health. With that, we often get questions about how you can actually measure ministry effectiveness. Questions such as…

  • “If we don’t know many guests don’t fill out the Connection Card, how can we know how many guests we actually have?”
  • “What is the best way to measure small group participation? Sign-ups? Weekly attendance? Number of groups?”
  • “When I count the number of volunteers we have, how often should someone be serving to be counted?”


By | 2017-02-13T14:36:23+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|2 Comments

Need Volunteers? Your Church’s Culture May Be the Issue.

“People at our church just won’t volunteer.”

It’s a response we get often to our research on volunteer involvement. We recently found that the average church engages 45% of adults and students in volunteer roles. Many even engage upwards of 71%! However, for many churches, those numbers sound like an impossible dream.

What is the difference among churches with a high volunteer rate? In many cases, these churches have traded a culture of status for a culture of service.


By | 2017-02-12T19:13:17+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Leadership, Staffing|2 Comments

Fight the Groundhog: 2017 Doesn’t Have to Repeat 2016

Update 1/6/17: Registration for The Unstuck Change Challenge is now closed. But stay tuned! We have another resource to help you lead change being announced very soon. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it!

It happens every January…

Pastors begin the year with big dreams for their churches. Some might put those dreams in a vision document to share with their staff. A few will even stand up this Sunday and declare the future to the entire congregation. But those who have been around the church for a few years know this:

2017 will likely be 2016 on repeat.


By | 2017-02-09T13:52:21+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

Does Multisite Feel More Like MultiStuck? These 5 Steps Will Help.

The response surprised us…

At the beginning of the year, we launched a new service to help churches with multisite. The type of churches that responded really surprised us. We expected the service would appeal most to the large number of churches preparing to launch their first campus. However, the much greater response has come from an opposite group: churches who went multisite and then found themselves stuck. Each of them ran into the same principle at work:

Going multisite exposes minor cracks and turns them into major gaps.


By | 2017-02-09T13:52:23+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

How Great Pastors Make Bad Decisions for Their Churches

“Well it looked great on paper but…”

It happens all the time. Strongly gifted and well-intentioned church leaders make bad decisions that hinder their ministries. I’ve made my share right along with the rest. Sometimes everything makes sense on paper until reality tells a different story.

In those moments, it’s easy to assume that the issue is simply poor judgement. However, you and I both know that’s not always the case.


By | 2017-08-06T18:39:27+00:00 August 28th, 2016|Leadership|1 Comment

7 Multisite Church Pitfalls. New eBook Free for Unstuck Readers

Multisite will multiply exactly who you are today. Nothing more. Nothing less.

If you and your team are dreaming about the potential growth that comes through adding new campuses, you’re not alone. We’re seeing more and more churches considering multisite as a next step. This isn’t selfish dreaming either. These churches have typically created environments to engage the unchurched, developed a discipleship pathway to help people grow spiritually, and equipped leaders to advance the mission. All of that is worthy of multiplication.

But… there is always a but…


By | 2017-02-09T13:52:24+00:00 July 9th, 2016|Leadership|0 Comments

3 Staffing Best Practices in Multisite Churches

Wondering how pastors of multisite churches lead effectively across multiple locations?

That is a question The Unstuck Group has been digging into lately. We released our study of over 100 multisite churches and held a webinar to discuss the findings.

You’ll have to check out those resources to get all the insights. But here are a few significant ways multisite churches are staying staffing to stay unstuck:

1) SIZE: Waiting until they have the strength to go multisite.

Based on our research, churches are less likely to go multisite until they have at least 1,000 people in weekly attendance. This points to a few areas of strength required of an effective multisite church. Growing churches of over 1,000 have refined and proven their ministry models. They also have the ability to establish staff and volunteer depth from which to send out campus launch teams.

When it comes to multisite, having a critical mass really does make a difference.

2) STRUCTURE: Leading ministry through a matrix.

Two out of three multisite churches are utilizing a matrix structure to connect their campus staff to two uniquely gifted leaders. Their campus pastor provides local vision, leadership coaching, accountability, and care. Their central leader equips them with the strategies and resources needed to lead their specific ministries.

You can learn more about the matrix structure and find a visual example in our new white paper.

3) STRATEGY: Making strategic decisions through a Central Services team.

The relationship between campus pastors and central leaders can often be unclear and even strained. Tension generally stems from confusion about how decisions get made. In 60% of multisite churches, strategic decisions are made by the central services team.

This style of decision-making creates alignment across multiple locations, maximizing resources and a proven ministry model. By the time a church reaches four total campuses, we believe this Central Services team becomes essential.

This is just a glimpse of our recent insights on leading a multisite church. Want to learn more? Check out these deeper resources for multisite churches and for single-site churches considering their first campus launch:


Are you a reader?

You’ll love our full research white paper on One Team. Multiple Locations: How Staff Teams at Effective Multisite Churches Overcome Distance and Lead Together. Get your free download.


Prefer to watch?

Check out our on-demand replay of the Making Multisite Work webinar.

Need help?

Our team has over 40+ years of experience leading in successful multisite churches. Learn how we’re helping churches around the country reach more people through more locations.

By | 2017-02-09T13:52:29+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Staffing|0 Comments

Filling the Gaps in Your Multisite Strategy

Train Tracks

Latest estimates from Leadership Network suggest that over 8,000 churches in America have adopted a multisite approach. Yet based on our experience, we expect very few churches would say they have perfected it. Instead, many are faced with a set of challenges they never anticipated. The common problem is this:

When a church goes multisite, small cracks in its strategy become large gaps in its ministry.

If a church is a little fuzzy on its discipleship pathway, going multisite will turn it into a maze. Eventually, people aren’t sure what’s important or how to get involved.

If a staff structure is a little unclear, going multisite will make reporting structures completely confused. It’s only a matter of time before tension and conflict ruin a healthy culture.

If a team occasionally struggles to communicate, going multisite will lead to constant breakdowns. Before long, everyone feels uninformed and uninspired.

If the culture of the church isn’t defined, going multisite will only water it down further. After a while, each campus might as well be its own church.

You might know this because you’ve experienced it first hand. Or maybe you’ve heard stories from other church leaders. In either case, we want to help your church avoid these challenges and reach more people through more locations.

On Wednesday, February 17, we’re hosting a free webinar on Making Multisite Work. There, you will discover the following:

  • 5 Factors That Distinguish Successful Multisite Churches
  • How to Know When Your Church is “Big Enough” for Multisite
  • How Multisite Churches Structure for Decision-Making
  • What to Look for When Selecting a Campus Pastor
  • Plus additional research from our survey of over 100 multisite leaders

Is your church facing challenges after launching into multisite? Or are you wondering if a new campus might be in your future? Click here to register and join us on Wednesday, February 17, 1:00pm EST. Hosted by Tony Morgan, the panelists include Warren Bird, Paul Alexander, Amy Anderson and Ryan Stigile.

(By the way, our previous webinars have filled up fast. Be sure to secure your spot today.)

By | 2017-02-09T13:52:29+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

Why You Can’t Blame Culture for Ruining Christmas

Over the past few weeks, I’ve quietly watched fellow Christians complain about the secularization of Christmas. From “Happy Holidays” to Starbucks red cups, it doesn’t take much to spark an outraged tweet or post.

Just the other day, I passed a church handing out literature from the middle of the street. The title? “Down with Santa. Up with Jesus.” In scanning all the problems our society faces, I’m sure that knocking off St. Nick is right at the top of Jesus’ priorities.


By | 2017-12-12T09:43:13+00:00 December 11th, 2015|Strategy|1 Comment

How to Keep Your Best Staff Members from Leaving

Next Level Teams infographic

One in two church staff members is open to new employment.

We were shocked to learn this during our latest research on church staffing and structure. At the same time, our experience confirms that many church staff members are simply unsatisfied. If it’s true that half of staff members are willing to leave, how can you possibly build and retain an effective ministry team?

We’re excited to share that our research also uncovered two characteristics of churches that lead employees to be twice as committed.

While these are certainly not quick-fixes, if leaders focus on creating health in a couple of ways, they can significantly raise the level of commitment on their team. Consider these 2 areas of health that keep employees engaged:

  1. Church Health and Growth

Staff members who believe their church is healthy and growing are half as likely to be open to new employment. It makes sense that players on a winning team would be more committed. Many church leaders look to leave when they see their church plateau or decline with little response from senior leaders. If you’re looking to keep great players on your team, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish your vision. Stay focused on growing your church while developing health.

  1. Staff Health and Effectiveness

Great staff members take notice of the people around them. Just 31% of staff members who believe the rest of their team is healthy and effective are open to new employment. That is a significant increase in commitment! Yet many church staffs include one or more individuals causing relational unrest. If you’re unwilling to deal with problem-people on your team, it shouldn’t be surprising when others start leaving it.

Other ways to develop staff health and effectiveness include developing leaders, clarifying wins, setting clear goals, and aligning the structure with the vision. Each of these and more are discussed in depth in our Next Level Teams report, which we’re offering to you at no cost. Click here to download your copy and start increasing staff commitment today.


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Learn how our Staffing & Structure Review works.


By | 2017-02-09T13:52:34+00:00 February 1st, 2015|Staffing|0 Comments