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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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4 Best Practices for Scheduling Volunteers

By | January 31st, 2017|Strategy|

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.

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Greeting or Welcoming? Hospitality Is in the Details.

By | January 25th, 2017|Strategy|

My sister has always struggled with the Church. She went for a while, exploring different church options, but found most to be unwelcoming, unfriendly. There were many weeks when she would sit alone, no one ever taking the time to speak with her beyond greeting her at the door. In her experience, the door was where a church’s welcoming stopped.

Today, she has walked away from the church.

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Church Plant to Plateau to Sustainable Growth: 5 Questions with New Church in Winston-Salem

By | January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

What steps would you take if your growing, young church plant suddenly entered a plateau season? New Church in Winston-Salem, NC had to answer this very question last year. Lead Pastor T.J. Ward shares the story of getting his church moving again.
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Leading Change in 2017: Free Webinar feat. Tony Morgan & Carey Nieuwhof on January 23

By | January 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

UPDATE: This event is now over. If you missed it, check out the video replay on YouTube.

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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…)

How to Energize Volunteerism at Your Church

By | January 10th, 2017|Leadership|

If I could give pastors a magic wand to fix one thing in their church, I believe most would wave the wand over their volunteer problem. I often hear the pain of a broken volunteer strategy. Words like disengagedburned out, tired and overworked hang in the air.

Lots of things can contribute to a lack of volunteering, but the shifts you can make to energize this area of your ministry can actually be quite simple.

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The Best Spiritual Gifts Test

By | January 4th, 2017|Misc|

As you probably know from my previous writing, I’m a big proponent of engaging volunteers in the ministry of the church. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to start a practical conversation about mobilizing volunteers better in 2016. But before we get into some practical advice, I want to address one of the most important and yet often ignored aspects of equipping volunteers to do ministry: helping them identify and then use their gifts. 

God gives every Christ-follower one or more spiritual gifts. He does this to strengthen the body of Christ. When God’s in control of these gifts in our lives, the impact of our mission, together, is incredible. It’s one of the ways God designed the church to reproduce itself.

But how do we help people determine their gifts?

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

By | January 3rd, 2017|Leadership|

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.

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