The Unstuck Group has an internship program for college students who are passionate about the mission of Jesus and helping the Church get unstuck. We are now accepting applications for our Summer 2018 Marketing & Communications Intern and Sales Intern positions.
I’ve met lots of church leaders who take pride in the fact that they don’t do strategic planning. They insist they rely solely on God to move. Ironically, not having a plan is the same as having a plan to do nothing. And when you have a plan to do nothing, there are some natural consequences. I’ve written about these consequences for years, and I still see churches operating like this every week.
UPDATE: This event is now over. If you missed it, check out the video replay on YouTube.
Here at The Unstuck Group, we are incredibly excited about 2017. Why? We’re hearing from hundreds of pastors across the country who plan to take significant steps to get unstuck this year — pastors who believe their church has a compelling purpose, even if it’s been lost, derailed or delayed.
We love the mission of church planting, but we get particularly fired up by seeing churches revitalized, restored and renewed. (more…)
We have just a few spaces left for our free webinar on Small Group Strategies to Grow Your Church. This live event on Tuesday, July 19 at 1pm EST will be hosted by Tony Morgan and will feature insights from church leaders who have seen small groups work, including Chris Surratt (SmallGroup.com) and Chris Brown (North Coast Church).
Walmart, with all of it’s success as a company, has continued to come under public criticism in recent years. A quick Google Search will provide a litany of articles about the company devaluing employees in order to pad bottom lines and the big box store “gobbling up” smaller local retailers when they move into a new community.
It seems like every town in America has a Walmart. But with all of their expansion and financial success is Walmart headed in the right direction?
I recently read an article in Forbes that suggested despite all of their success, the future looks bleak for Walmart.
Past wins don’t necessitate future success.
I’m glad churches want to know how to reach Millennials. They aren’t fans of organizations, so these 15-34 year olds don’t trust organized religion and churches as much as other generations do.
More than that, churches do not yet understand how to respond to the new life stage of emerging adulthood, so we have a lot of work to do with twentysomethings. I couldn’t be more excited they are getting more focus.
But I’m worried even more about a different generation: the Baby Boomers.
The Unstuck Group continues to grow! Tammy Kelley, one of our newest ministry consultants, has served in a number of different ministry roles and environments for more than 20 years, including serving on the senior leadership team at Willow Creek Community Church, as an executive search consultant with Vanderbloemen Search Group, and now as leader of the Creative Arts Team at Christ Community Church, a multisite church in the Chicagoland area.
I caught up with Tammy to get a little more of her story and wisdom on leading creatives from her experiences in her current role.
TIFFANY: Tell me how you came to join The Unstuck Group team?
TAMMY: I’ve had such an interesting journey in ministry and have worked with some truly amazing churches. In the 90’s, I was a volunteer at Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio leading the first impressions teams, driving youth to serving events, just helping wherever I could. Eventually I was asked to join the church’s leadership board. During that season God clarified my calling to ministry. I eventually went on staff at Ginghamsburg, held several different roles, and ended up being the executive pastor.
I transitioned to Willow Creek in 2001, serving on the leadership team overseeing Human Resources, Communications, Local and Global Compassion, and the Hispanic Ministry. In 2010, I was invited to join Vanderbloemen Search Group and served as a consultant for four and a half years.
TIFFANY: How did you discover you had a passion for helping churches get unstuck?
TAMMY: I never pursued any type of consulting opportunities, yet early in my ministry career God seemed to send church leaders my way for advice, coaching and strategic thought.
I remember one specific event in the late 90’s — it was a two-day training for senior pastors, and oddly enough, I was the main speaker. (I say “oddly enough” because it is still a bit unusual for a female to be working with senior pastoral staff.) On the second day, many of the pastors thanked me, and several said they had stayed up late into the night discussing what I had shared. Quite honestly, that stunned me, but it also helped me understand that I needed to be faithful to continue to come along side church leaders and help them get unstuck.
TIFFANY: What has transitioning to leading creatives in your current role taught you about leadership?
TAMMY: My personality profile always tested high in creativity, but I always thought of my creativity being more with designing org charts than designing weekend services. As I jumped into my creative arts role two key words have been drivers for me: collaboration and consistency.
As the leader of a creative team vs. a more operational team, I find I need to create lots of venues for collaboration – lots of conversations with multiple people in each conversation. My office door is almost always open and has a constant flow of people in and out discussing ideas.
I have learned to appreciate the leadership voice of worship pastors and tech teams who dream and think in visuals and song. At the same time, I have learned that especially in the Arts, we need consistent systems and processes to keep our ever flowing fountain of ideas in control and to make sure we deliver excellence each weekend.
TIFFANY: How would you encourage pastors who are trying to build or improve the creative arts capabilities in their churches?
TAMMY: I would encourage pastors to invest in relationships with their creative teams. Treat them as partners in ministry. Great things happen when there is synergy between the senior pastor and the creative arts team.
I would also say that just as much responsibility is on the shoulders of the creative arts team members for that relationship with the senior pastor. They need to listen and learn from the senior pastor, not rush to judgment or defense when the senior pastor gives feedback or requests a change to the service. It is a two-way street, a partnership, and the senior pastor is the top leadership voice.
The Unstuck Group has one opening for an intern this summer!
Do you know a student who has a passion for the Church and for excellent communication? Share the details of this opportunity with them:
Our Summer 2016 Marketing/Communications Intern will support our team in creating content to help church leaders get unstuck.
The Unstuck Group is always growing, and today we have the pleasure of introducing you to Michael Moore, one of our newest ministry consultants. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, Michael has developed a deep passion for the local church, and now serves as Executive Pastor at Faith Chapel Christian Center in Birmingham, AL.
TIFFANY: Tell us a little bit about you. What led you to join The Unstuck Group team?
MICHAEL: For the last 10 years, I have had an opportunity to serve on staff at my local church in a number of different roles ranging from Marketing Director to Finance Director and now Executive Pastor.
It was in 2012 while in my Executive Pastor role that I had the opportunity to join one of Tony Morgan’s coaching networks for a few months in Atlanta, GA. The practical insight that I gained from that experience was exactly what our church needed. Little did I know that just a few years later, God would open up the door for me to join Tony and the rest of The Unstuck Group team as a ministry consultant.
For years I have always enjoyed having conversations with other church leaders around ideas that moved them closer to where they were trying to go. Witnessing these transformations firsthand has always pushed me to serve local churches and to help them in any way that I could to take a next step towards accomplishing their vision.
TIFFANY: You serve in ministry with your family, as do many pastors around the country. What are some of the things God’s taught you about leading and working with family?
MICHAEL: Great question! One of the main things that I have learned is that the ministry itself and the family unit are not one in the same, and that both require intentional investments to be successful.
To say it another way, while investing time into your family can often lead towards harmony within ministry, spending time working together in ministry does not necessarily equate to quality time invested in your family. So, it is critical to create margin within your schedule to invest quality time into your family outside of ministry.
TIFFANY: There’s a lot of debate going on right now about how churches need to adapt to continue reaching young adults. What are the most important things to consider from your perspective?
MICHAEL: Placing young adults in visible, leading roles within the church is a key, I believe, to reaching other young adults. Every single week, attendees are walking through the doors of our church and they are assessing internally whether or not they can identify with those who are out front in visible roles. Placing young adults in these types of roles helps to create an environment and promotes a connection these younger attendees can identify with.
Another key is to continue to refine our ability to share the Gospel in fresh and relevant ways. Young adults will always be attracted to churches that leverage creativity and technology to communicate the truth of Scripture in ways that are practical and relevant to their 21st century experience.
TIFFANY: When it comes to leading change in a well-established church, what are some key learnings you’d share with other young leaders?
MICHAEL: Over the years I have tried to apply a message that I learned from Pastor Carey Nieuwhof when it comes to leading organizational change—honor the past but don’t live in it!
As leaders, our odds at successfully leading change become a lot higher if we find a balance between celebrating what God has done in our past and not losing sight of the fact that He has more in store for our future.