Strategy

3 Free Resources for Planning Easter Weekend Services

Did you know that for 93% of churches, Easter is the most attended weekend of the year?

From recruiting the volunteers you need to planning for an excellent guest experience to closing the “back door” in the weeks that follow, we know you have a lot to think about leading up to Easter.

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By | March 20th, 2017|Strategy|0 Comments

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|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

4 Best Practices for Scheduling Volunteers

When our team helps a church with a Staffing & Structure Review, we push the leadership teams to give away more ministry by empowering volunteers, and the staff usually agree that should be a priority. But then, you get into the weeds of how to actually make it happen.

First, you have to cast a vision that compels more people to serve, which is no small feat. We wrote about energizing volunteerism at your church a few weeks ago. If you succeed, you also have to figure out how to effectively manage all of these new moving parts — and you should really have a plan in place before you start recruiting.

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By | January 31st, 2017|Strategy|1 Comment

Greeting or Welcoming? Hospitality Is in the Details.

My sister has always struggled with the Church. She went for a while, exploring different church options, but found most to be unwelcoming, unfriendly. There were many weeks when she would sit alone, no one ever taking the time to speak with her beyond greeting her at the door. In her experience, the door was where a church’s welcoming stopped.

Today, she has walked away from the church.

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By | January 25th, 2017|Strategy|2 Comments

Why You Need More than a Vision Statement

I remember the days as a lead pastor when word-smithing a vision statement was of the utmost importance. Once crafted, I would post it everywhere a person may have the opportunity to read it (including the back door of the stalls in the men’s bathroom). I wanted people to memorize it, understand it and quote it at a moment’s notice. I think I may have been the only one who met those expectations.

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By | December 6th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

Becoming an Inviting Church

I was recently asked how church leaders can communicate to their congregation the significance and importance of inviting people to their church.  

Maybe you can think of ways your church has done this well in the past, or maybe you’ve been trying things, and they’re not working. I don’t know that there’s a one-size-fits-all answer to “inviting,” but I can tell you from experience that sometimes going back to the basics is a good place to start.  

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By | November 8th, 2016|Strategy|3 Comments

What I Know About the Guest Experience from Church Hunting

Sometimes I really like being the “new” person.

Last Wednesday it was rainy, my husband was out of town, one son had a cancelled field trip, another son had a cancelled get together with a new friend, and we were generally having a bummer day. We opened the mail to find a “welcome to the neighborhood” free pizza certificate from our local pizza place. A few hours later we had a new favorite.

Days before we had another welcome note with a certificate for free entry into our local high school homecoming football game. We felt noticed. Included. Welcome. Like we were starting to belong. We had an excuse to be somewhere and make it a priority. We’ve become raving fans.

Churches have been more of a challenge.

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By | October 18th, 2016|Strategy|2 Comments