New eBook: Funding Your Strategic Plan

By | July 19th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|

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.


3 Ways to Squirrel-Proof Your Staff Meetings

By | July 11th, 2017|Leadership|

My wife and I recently relocated to the Lake Cumberland area in Bronston, Kentucky. We love our new home, new friends and the lake isn’t bad either. But there are a few things I miss about our previous home. For example, I miss our large deck that was surrounded by huge oak trees. The oaks provided plenty of shade in the summer, but they also provided something else… squirrels.

During the first few years we lived there, they weren’t an issue. Fast forward several years and the squirrel population grew. After that, it didn’t take long to learn that squirrels could be a real nuisance, especially when they found their way into the attic. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to get rid of them because the people who bought our house inherited the new fluffy-tailed family.


Leadership That Brings Lasting Change: An Interview with New Unstuck Consultant Dale Sellers

By | June 28th, 2017|Leadership|

Meet Dale Sellers, the newest consultant for The Unstuck Group. Dale has had many years of ministry experience, directing a Christian music group, coordinating a Christian radio station and serving as a small church pastor for 12 years. Currently serving as the executive pastor for The Mill Church in Pickens, South Carolina, Dale is excited to use his experience and skills with the Unstuck Group to help small church pastors best lead their church.

I caught up with Dale to learn more about his passion to implement leadership that brings lasting change.


5 Reasons Not to Strive for Consensus

By | June 27th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|

I’m growing more and more convinced that the worst thing a church team can do is try to reach a consensus about something. On the surface, reaching a consensus seems like a positive thing because it means everyone has agreed to move in the same direction. That’s a good thing, isn’t it?


Are You Structuring Your Team for Growth?

By | June 21st, 2017|Staffing|

We see this all the time: church staff teams are not built for growth. It’s one of several church staffing/structure issues that consistently reveal themselves when my team and I are serving churches across North America.

We typically recommend that church think ahead, designing a future structure that would support the ministry if it were twice its current size. Sticking with your current structures and leadership capacity will get you the same results you’ve always achieved. It takes new structures and increased leadership capacity to achieve new, expanded results. (more…)

Meeting in a Movie Theater? 3 Ways to Make Family Ministry Successful

By | June 20th, 2017|Strategy|

Thousands of churches across America have adopted a portable strategy for their church, and movie theaters have become popular options. But we’ve noticed a key area where churches who meet in movie theaters consistently get stuck: children’s and student ministry.


Why Creativity Matters in the Church

By | June 13th, 2017|Communications, Strategy|

A lot of people are talking about creativity in the church right now, and it’s raising some tension in me (and maybe in you too?). We’ve been haggled on both ends of the creativity spectrum over the years. On the one hand, we’ve bought into the rationale that says, “God hasn’t called you to be creative. He’s called you to be effective.” Therefore, copy & paste at will. On the other hand, we resonate with the thinking that says, “All ministry is local.” Therefore, creative contextualization is the only way to impact a locality. It’s a tough balance to strike, really. And if you add the complexity that multisite churches bring to the table, this can be a serious monkey on our backs as leaders.


Acting Head Coach: 5 Succession Mantras for an Uncharted Journey

By | May 30th, 2017|Leadership|

If you are a fan of professional basketball, in particular the Golden State Warriors, you would know that Mike Brown has been declared “acting” head coach due to recent health issues concerning the contracted head coach, Steve Kerr. During this election cycle, we have also heard regularly that “so and so” is the “acting” Secretary of “such and such.”

Most of the people I know of who are in roles where they have the title “acting” give 110% to their position.

They give wholehearted focus, energy and effort because they know they are under even more scrutiny. They want to do the best and be the best.

I believe most Senior/Lead pastors desire and work toward the very same outcomes, yet very few of us see ourselves as “acting.” Many might even begin to believe we are permanent. We carry out our God-given calling with this erroneous perspective.