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This Church’s Pastoral Succession Story Will Encourage You to Start Planning Now

By | April 19th, 2017|Leadership, Staffing|

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.

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6 Ways to Craft an Ineffective Sermon

By | April 11th, 2017|Misc|

You have never tried to make your message irrelevant, boring, or incomprehensible. At least I hope not!

But you find yourself preaching while questioning your effectiveness. You walk up to deliver a sermon lacking confidence in your content. You question your ability. Your capacity. Even your calling. You feel your church more tolerates the message than engages in the content.

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Webinar Replay – #Multistuck: 4 Mistakes Churches Make When Launching a Campus

By | April 4th, 2017|Strategy|

How can multisite churches avoid the common pitfalls? A few weeks ago, we hosted a conversation between Tony MorganGavin Adams, Paul Alexander, and Tammy Kelley about the 4 most common mistakes we have seen churches make when launching a new campus:

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Developing Clear Strategy: An Interview with New Unstuck Consultant Lee Button

By | March 28th, 2017|Strategy|

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.

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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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