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Around this time of year, the mainstream media and Internet meme-machines like to remind us how old we are by telling us all of the things this year’s high school graduates won’t remember because, well, they weren’t even born yet.
That list is usually all pop culture, technology and political references. But what about church? I bet we can make a good list.
When it comes to volunteers, do you lead with a scarcity mentality?
A scarcity mentality can get your church stuck. And not just when it comes to our time or money, but with our people as well.
- What if our volunteers find somewhere better to serve?
- Are we offering them enough opportunities?
- Why does it seem like they’re just not interested anymore?
We have bought into the lie that the mission and vision of our church is not big enough to compete with organizations outside the church that are also fighting for people’s attention. Not only is this harmful for our morale internally, but it’s also a sign of an inwardly-focused church.
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.