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3 Free Resources for Planning Easter Weekend Services

By | March 20th, 2017|Strategy|

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.

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Rural Multisite Church: The Challenges & Advantages of Being One Church in Multiple Locations

By | March 20th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|

Prairie Lakes Church in Iowa is unique. Across the state, they have six campuses, a mix of suburban and rural congregations they’ve launched as a part of a strategy to put a Prairie Lakes campus within 30 minutes of every Iowan. For them, embarking on a multisite strategy has been the right answer for reaching more people while staying true to the local culture. A 3,000-seat auditorium? That just didn’t feel like the natural fit to address their expansion needs.

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Making Leadership Transferable: An Interview with New Unstuck Consultant Gavin Adams

By | March 14th, 2017|Leadership|

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.

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Breaking Growth Barriers: Learn to Lead for Where Your Church Is Headed

By | March 8th, 2017|Leadership|

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.

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Plan for a Healthy Campus Launch

By | March 7th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|

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.

But launching new church campuses can quickly turn organizational cracks into significant gaps. Here’s one example from a pastor who was willing to share his story with us last year.
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Does Church Marketing Work? 8 Key Things to Consider

By | March 1st, 2017|Communications|

I’ve been saying this for years now, but I get tired of church marketing. The advertisements, the clever slogans, the social media strategies. Many churches try to achieve success by using the right tactics, by “appealing” to the right audience. But in some cases marketing is a barrier to the advancement of the Gospel message. It can actually be a hindrance for the church.

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Does Your Preaching Connect? One Important Shift You Can Make

By | February 22nd, 2017|Misc|

This might be the most important preaching principle I’ve learned.

Before I tell you the lesson, though, let me walk you through my process of discovery:

When I first began preaching, I took an entire manuscript on stage. It was a pastoral security blanket – except not pink and fuzzy. I tried not to read it directly, and in most cases, I was successful. But in my mind, it was good to know it was there… just in case I needed to snuggle.

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Building a Ministry Dashboard You’ll Actually Use

By | February 14th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|

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?”

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

By | February 7th, 2017|Leadership, Staffing|

“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.

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