About five years before the announcement, Lead Pastor Bill Schroeder at The Chapel in Sandusky, OH started preparing to pass the baton of leadership. He engaged conversations with trusted business leaders and pastors, read the best-selling books, and started planning with the church’s senior leadership team.
Meet Lee Button, one of our newest ministry consultants here at The Unstuck Group. Based in the UK, Lee spent 6 years as Operations Director at New Community Network and Pioneer Trust. With a 17 years of experience spanning corporate and third-sector settings, he focuses on strategic thinking, service design, and digital transformation projects that help organizations create their preferred future. Lee also delivers training and coaching while serving on the church leadership team of New Community Eastleigh.
I recently caught up with Lee to capture some of his story and his perspective on what makes strategy so important for churches.
Did you know that for 93% of churches, Easter is the most attended weekend of the year?
From recruiting the volunteers you need to planning for an excellent guest experience to closing the “back door” in the weeks that follow, we know you have a lot to think about leading up to Easter.
We’d like to introduce you to Gavin Adams, one of our newest ministry consultants here at The Unstuck Group. Gavin is the Lead Pastor of Woodstock City Church, a campus location of North Point Ministries. Under his leadership, the church has grown from 400 to over 8,500 attendees in eight years.
I caught up with Gavin to hear his story and discover some of the principles he’s learned about making leadership transferable.
Here’s the good news about many church growth barriers:
They can often be overcome by discovering the shifts that need to happen in your own leadership and in the systems your church is currently engaging. We’ve encountered many churches of 800 still leading and operating like a church of 400. We’ve worked with many multisite churches still approaching leadership and management like a single-site church — even if they don’t realize it.
Our team believes a healthy approach to multisite and launching new campuses can help you lead more people in your region to Christ. Keyword there is healthy.
When our team helps a church with a Staffing & Structure Review, we push the leadership teams to give away more ministry by empowering volunteers, and the staff usually agree that should be a priority. But then, you get into the weeds of how to actually make it happen.
First, you have to cast a vision that compels more people to serve, which is no small feat. We wrote about energizing volunteerism at your church a few weeks ago. If you succeed, you also have to figure out how to effectively manage all of these new moving parts — and you should really have a plan in place before you start recruiting.
UPDATE: This event is now over. If you missed it, check out the video replay on YouTube.
Here at The Unstuck Group, we are incredibly excited about 2017. Why? We’re hearing from hundreds of pastors across the country who plan to take significant steps to get unstuck this year — pastors who believe their church has a compelling purpose, even if it’s been lost, derailed or delayed.
We love the mission of church planting, but we get particularly fired up by seeing churches revitalized, restored and renewed. (more…)