Strategy

How to Make a Guest’s First Sunday Count

Sure, you have a mission statement for your church.

We do, too. I bet our statements pretty much say the same thing, with only a variation of adjectives and action verbs. After all, God sort of gave us the statement in the first place.

Having a mission statement is obviously important, but ensuring the mission statement comes to life is more important. How we design for that is important. After all, if what’s written on the wall isn’t happening down the hall, then what good is the statement after all?

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By | May 24th, 2017|Strategy|0 Comments

Webinar Replay – #Multistuck: 4 Mistakes Churches Make When Launching a Campus

How can multisite churches avoid the common pitfalls? A few weeks ago, we hosted a conversation between Tony MorganGavin Adams, Paul Alexander, and Tammy Kelley about the 4 most common mistakes we have seen churches make when launching a new campus:

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By | April 4th, 2017|Strategy|0 Comments

Developing Clear Strategy: An Interview with New Unstuck Consultant Lee Button

Meet Lee Button, one of our newest ministry consultants here at The Unstuck Group. Based in the UK, Lee spent 6 years as Operations Director at New Community Network and Pioneer Trust. With a 17 years of experience spanning corporate and third-sector settings, he focuses on strategic thinking, service design, and digital transformation projects that help organizations create their preferred future. Lee also delivers training and coaching while serving on the church leadership team of New Community Eastleigh.

I recently caught up with Lee to capture some of his story and his perspective on what makes strategy so important for churches.

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By | March 28th, 2017|Strategy|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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