Leadership

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

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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By | April 19th, 2017|Leadership, Staffing|1 Comment

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

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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By | March 20th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|1 Comment

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

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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By | March 14th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

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

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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By | March 8th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

Plan for a Healthy Campus Launch

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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By | March 7th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|0 Comments

Building a Ministry Dashboard You’ll Actually Use

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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By | February 14th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|2 Comments

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

“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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By | February 7th, 2017|Leadership, Staffing|1 Comment

How to Energize Volunteerism at Your Church

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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By | January 10th, 2017|Leadership|1 Comment

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

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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By | January 3rd, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments