Leadership

What to Do When You Find Yourself Doing Everything

Have you ever felt like you were working as hard as you possibly could and still at the end of the day were left with a pile of work that didn’t get done?

Ever feel like everyone was coming to you for you to weigh in on every decision that needed to be made? Ever feel like what you thought was just going to be a busy season has turned into a normal way of work?

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

How Straw-House Thinking Sabotages Your Leadership

Once upon a time…

In a far off land there lived a leader who supervised three little pigs. The leader was committed to excellence in his life and in his organization. He knew there was a direct correlation between the quality of the houses his pigs built and the success they had in protecting themselves from the big, bad wolves.

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By | April 29th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

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