5 Reasons You’re Probably Going to Fail

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

If you’ve ever taken a chance, you’ve inevitably failed. And as you probably know, failure is not negative in itself — it’s how you handle it that matters. The best way to move past failure is to learn why it happened, and what you can do to prevent it in the future.


By | 2018-03-13T15:52:26+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Leadership|1 Comment

Learn How to Get Your Church Unstuck

Leaders see it first: “stuckness” on the horizon. Leaders also take steps today to avoid landmines later on. In your small groups, in your worship services, in your staff meetings – leaders notice when things feel a little off. Like nothing is working like it used to, or when it feels like no one is moving forward. We know you carry the weight of it.


By | 2018-03-01T15:04:22+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Leadership|0 Comments

Reversing the Early Signs of Decline

Similar to the other phases on the right side of the life cycle of a church, the Maintenance Phase is hard to confirm and even harder to accept. In fact, our most recent data shows 60% of churches who took the team version of the Unstuck Church Assessment (which eliminates personal bias) were in Maintenance Phase, compared to just 20% of churches when the pastor took the individual assessment (which calculates the result based on his or her opinion-based responses).

That means as many as 40% of churches are in Maintenance Phase without realizing it. That should concern us.


By | 2018-02-22T14:58:46+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Leadership|1 Comment

4 Tips for Dealing with Team Conflict

Team health is vital when it comes to ministry effectiveness. A healthy team encourages vitality and growth, while malignant teams leak poison into the organization. However, creating healthy teams isn’t easy. Every church, large and small, experiences internal friction because people will always be people – and people are wired differently. Plus, we have an adversary who’s always trying to disrupt the work of the church.

team conflict


By | 2018-02-07T19:01:05+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Leadership|0 Comments

Four Reasons Why Pastors Need Community

We all need community. In fact, we were designed by God to be in community. You can see it modeled for us with the perfect relationship of the Trinity in Genesis.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” (Gen 1:26)


By | 2018-01-29T14:08:41+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Leadership|0 Comments

Leading Scared

Leading change in the church can be terrifying.

No amount of advice, pep talks or planning can prepare you for the feeling that you’ve just jumped off of a cliff. That’s because you know you’re trading safety & security for the dream of something bigger. You’re trading something tangible for something possible. And the scary part is – none of it belongs to you. The weight of stewardship in these situations is staggering.


By | 2018-01-22T23:04:20+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Leadership|0 Comments

3 Reasons Pastors Fail to Cast Vision Effectively— And How to Overcome Them

I knew the day was coming—I’d been sensing it for some time.

Our church had been cruising along for years, experiencing steady growth and a vibrant community based around a strong vision. New people checked us out every week. We saw people committing their lives to Jesus on a continual basis. But under the surface were obstacles that were being ignored. Eventually it happened! Our momentum came to a screeching halt as we experienced a major church split.


By | 2018-01-18T09:53:38+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Leadership|1 Comment

Leader Vitality: Use This Tool to Start the New Year with a Healthy Perspective

There’s a reason you can find thousands of books, blogs and podcasts on leadership:

Leading people is hard in any organization, and especially in the church.


By | 2018-01-04T09:37:09+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Leadership|0 Comments