There is a popular phrase often attributed to Peter Drucker that says, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” After a time of careful research, I discovered that there is actually no evidence that he ever made this statement. In fact, there is no evidence that any leadership guru ever said it. It appears many different statements from several leaders were merged together over a period of years. Thus, “culture eats strategy for breakfast” burst onto the scene. And with its arrival came the notion that strategy is really not that important in leading an organization…
I grew up in the church.
Each Sunday, I would sit in the pew, listen to the sermon, watch the offering plate pass around, finish with the Lord’s prayer, and that was my Sunday. I would say that I enjoyed my church, but looking back, one significant aspect was missing:
It was never explained why we give, how we give, or what we give – we just gave.
We’d like to introduce you to Sean Bublitz, one of our newest ministry consultants here at The Unstuck Group. For more than 12 years, Sean has served in various roles in weekend services, arts and senior leadership at Community Christian Church and Granger Community Church.
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with him and hear more about his passion for creativity, problem solving, and quelling the status quo.
Of all the complexities that come with church leadership, multisite leadership always seems to find it’s way near the top of the list. It requires knowledge of leading the same church in multiple locations, managing communications (internally and externally), establishing a high level of clarity, clearly defining your multisite strategy and much more. While tough, it is loaded with potential to heavily impact your communities, and even regions, to help lead people to Jesus.
Many years ago, I visited a town in Arizona called… wait for it… Nothing. You’ve probably not heard of Nothing, Arizona because, well, it’s essentially nothing. Here’s the sign that hangs in the center of the town:
Leading through change can be difficult. Leading a church through change can seem impossible. Churches in particular have a tendency to resist change because they get trapped by the comfort of past success, practices and traditions. It takes an incredible amount of wisdom, the art of timing, and plain old courage and grit.
Here at The Unstuck Group, we talk a lot about leadership. As our team helps churches all across the country, we consistently see examples of great church leaders who inspire change and lead effectively. These leaders have many differing characteristics that make their leadership so effective and unique, but we’ve noticed there are 3 things that are true of each of them:
Talking with your leadership team about money is rarely easy. Changing the way you spend it is even harder.
If you’re working with your leadership team to implement a strategic plan, it’s important to start a healthy conversation about finances to effectively navigate this touchy subject together.