We help pastors grow healthy churches by guiding them through experiences to align vision, strategy, team and action. With every tool and consulting process for churches we develop, our priority is to help churches help people meet and follow Jesus.
Helping churches has always been our story.
For 14 years, Tony Morgan served on the senior leadership teams of Granger Community Church, NewSpring Church and West Ridge Church. In that season, he started writing about leadership here, while also authoring books and articles featured by Catalyst, Pastors.com and the Willow Creek Association.
His experience and writing often focused on having a clear strategy for ministry-a word few churches were embracing at the time.
In 2008, he started coaching pastors across the country. Through these coaching relationships, a theme became clear: Pastors felt stuck. In the following year, Tony was able to serve 10 churches, but more were requesting help getting unstuck than he could serve alone. So, he started building a team and developing a process that could help many more churches get unstuck.
Most organizations start, grow, thrive, lose momentum, decline and eventually end. We believe God desires that every church lives out its purpose at the pinnacle of sustained health. Our process is rooted in that belief, and we filter every aspect of our work through the lens of helping churches find health and effectiveness.
The Unstuck Group has served 500+ churches in the years since Tony first ventured out, and we continually work to refine and improve our church consulting processes, speaking and training for pastors, and online ministry training tools to serve churches' needs better. It's a spiritual endeavor of coming together as a ministry team to clarify where God's called your church to go and how you're going to get there.
Learn how our Unstuck Process helps churches get unstuck.
The Unstuck Way
These nine principles characterize the way we think and how we train every member of our team to serve you.
We understand the majority of pastors say they are discouraged. We will take every opportunity to bring your church leaders hope and encouragement.
Everything we do starts with prayer. We rely on guidance and wisdom from the Holy Spirit, and then trust that God is at work through the process. He is the one who renews minds and changes hearts.
Come Spiritually Prepared
When we prepare to serve a church, we aim to empty ourselves, which means we need to be spiritually full going in. We are committed to relying on God's wisdom and strength, rather than our own.
Come Practically Prepared
We use all the tools at our disposal to be prepared for our time with you. This includes devoting time to prep work in advance, and connecting with the other consultants on the team so that we are unified and connected as a team.
We facilitate, asking questions and more questions. We aim to help your church come to your own solutions. We believe our job is to draw out the wisdom of the team.
Acknowledge Each Church's Uniqueness
We recognize every church has unique ingredients. Our desire is to help you discover what's distinctive about your ministry and mission.
Say the Hard Things
We aren't afraid of clarifying reality even if it's going to cause some pain initially. Even though leaders in the church might be sensing what is wrong, we know sometimes an outside voice can bring more weight and urgency to the issues you're facing. We won't shy away from that responsibility.
Prescribe in Increments
We believe our role is to bring clarity to what's most important. We don't want to bury you in tasks or leave you overwhelmed. We will help you prioritize what's most important and take strategic action.
Help Churches Get Unstuck
We value strategic action. The win isn't the plan. The win is movement, change and execution-helping you make a lasting kingdom impact.
Meet Our Team
Tony is the Founder and Lead Strategist of The Unstuck Group. Started in 2009, The Unstuck Group has served 500 churches throughout the United States and several countries around the world.
Previously, Tony served on the senior leadership teams of three rapidly growing churches including NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He has five published books including, The Unstuck Church, and, with Amy Anderson, he hosts The Unstuck Church Podcast which has thousands of listeners each month.
Amy has served as the Director of Consulting at The Unstuck Group since 2016. During this time she has served over 150 churches, helping them design ministry, staffing & multisite strategies that aligns and fuels their mission.
Prior to joining the Unstuck team, Amy served as the Executive Director of Weekend Services at Eagle Brook Church in the Twin Cities, helping the church grow from one location of 3,000 to six locations with over 20,000 gathering each weekend. Her husband is a Teaching and Engagement Pastor at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, MN.
Lance is a pastor and a friend to leaders. He is passionate about helping people live well so they can lead well.
Lance served 20 years as a Senior Pastor before serving 7 years as an Executive/Teaching pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California. He is also the founder of Replenish ministries and for more than a decade has been serving leaders and organizations of all shapes and sizes. Lance has written two books, Replenish and High Impact Teams.
Mark has been part of Granger Community Church for 23 years leading various teams and currently is the leader for the Development Team. Previously, he served as the Chief Operations Officer for a technology/ consulting firm in South Bend, Indiana.
He facilitates strategy for various organizations, believes the Church and businesses can learn a lot from each other, and thrives on maximizing team performance and culture.
Sean has spent time over the past two decades at Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN) serving in weekend service, arts, and senior leadership roles. He now serves full time as part of the Unstuck team and lives with his wife and 5 kids in Granger, IN.
Jim began his multisite journey in the mid 1990s when he was the senior pastor of Woodmen Valley Chapel. In 2000, he went on to pioneer the multisite model at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago.
He founded Multisite Solutions in 2005 to help churches develop and implement the emerging model of location expansion. Jim gained over 20+ years of multisite experience before joining The Unstuck Group in February of 2019.
Mark is currently the Lead Executive Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, Texas as well as an owner in his business, enTrust Payments. Mark has been in full-time ministry since 2003 including seven years on the Executive Leadership Team of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas where he launched three campuses.
Paul has more than 23 years experience serving in the local church, the last 18 of which have been on the Senior Leadership Teams of some of the nation’s leading mega-churches. Currently, Paul is serving as the Executive Pastor at Sun Valley Community Church, a large multi-site church located in the Phoenix area.
Chris Surratt is currently the Executive Pastor of Discipleship and Groups at Harvest Church in SoCal.
Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN., and Seacoast Church in Charleston, S.C., prior to becoming the Discipleship and Small Groups Specialist for Lifeway Christian Resources. He is the author of Leading Small Groups and Small Groups for the Rest of Us, and co-hosts the podcast, Group Answers.
For more than 12 years, Sarah has focused on leadership training, human resources and organization effectiveness. She has had a breadth of experience with positions at Granger Community Church, the University of Minnesota and the Kellogg Company. She also has experience in local church leadership including staff performance and structure and capital campaigns.
As a pastor’s kid, Chad has been exposed to the world of church his entire life. He has actively served in ministry for over 25 years, including 16 years as a Lead Pastor. Chad has served urban and rural churches with attendance from 50-1200 through coaching, strategic planning and pastoral leadership development.
Chad and his wife love taking all day road trips (and sometimes off-road trips) in their Jeep Wrangler. In addition to consulting with The Unstuck Group, Chad currently serves as the Executive Pastor at Victory Hill Church in Scottsville, KY.
Michael currently serves as Executive Pastor at Faith Chapel Christian Center, a non-denominational church in Birmingham, AL. In full-time ministry since 2006, Michael has served on senior leadership teams in multiple capacities including strategic, operational, and financial roles. He is passionate about helping local churches maximize their impact and potential.
Ron has served three southern California churches for over 30 years in various roles from Youth Ministry to Adult Ministry. Currently, Ron serves as the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in the Temecula Valley. Ron is part of the teaching team, as well as, a guest speaker at leadership conferences and marriage retreats.
Jesse is the Executive Pastor at Prairie Lakes Church, which currently spans across eight campuses in northeastern and central Iowa. In his current role he serves on the teaching team, oversees campus pastors, and leads Prairie Lakes’ Executive Team to align resources around their vision to reach Iowa.
Married to Erin, they have their son, Jude, and their daughter, Ellie. He’s outside in the colder months hunting deer and turkey at their family-owned ground, and roots for the Iowa Hawkeyes and New York Yankees.
Gabe is the Lead Pastor at Westside Community Church in the Portland, Oregon area where he serves with his best friends. He has had the privilege of leading Westside through a number of exciting changes, from turnaround to relocation to multi-site.
Gabe has a dream for seeing new churches planted, and a passion for connecting with leaders to make a difference in Portland and the Northwest. He is a trainer, a coach to pastors. Gabe is married to his Jr. High sweetheart, Melissa, and they have 3 children: Dawson, Caitlin, and Caleb. They love great food, traveling and finding new adventures together.
Steven is energized by helping leaders identify their next steps. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor at Westside Community Church, on the west side of Portland, Oregon. With experience in instructional design, strategic, financial and operational roles, Steven is passionate about helping leaders identify their most impactful next right step. When he’s not enjoying the green of the Pacific Northwest, he’s visiting his childhood family north of the border in Canada.
Lee Button, based in the UK, spent six years as Operations Director at New Community Network and Pioneer Trust. With a Business Degree and 17 years of experience spanning corporate and third sector settings, he facilitates Strategic Thinking, Service Design, and Digital Transformation projects, helping organizations create their preferred future. Lee also delivers training, coaching, and serves on the leadership team of New Community Eastleigh.
Andrea has been a licensed minister and on church staffs for over 20 years. Andrea and her family have been at three great churches through the years in Minneapolis, Dallas and West Palm Beach. The last eight years of which have been in Executive Pastor roles, looking after areas that range from operations, finance, missions and adult discipleship.
She is passionate about staff teams leading from a place of health and strength – from overflow instead of depletion – and knows personally how challenging this can be. Andrea is currently in her final year of the Leadership and Global Perspectives Doctoral program at George Fox University. She and her husband, Justin, love living near the beach with their two kids.
Tiffany is our Director of Sales & Marketing. She graduated from Clemson University, and before joining The Unstuck Group, worked in public relations with major national retail brands, nonprofits and churches on content creation, strategic planning, communication consulting, social media and media relations.
Jordan is our Digital Marketing Manager. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University and, prior to joining The Unstuck Group, worked in social media and marketing communications for a Christian non-profit media ministry. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband Sam, and enjoys leading worship at her local church.
Jacinta is the Client Experience Manager for The Unstuck Group. She ensures the churches The Unstuck Group serves are well-equipped to have an excellent experience. She is the member of our team who keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and two children and is active in her local church.
Shany is our Client Experience Coordinator. She’s a pastor’s wife, mother of three, and a Miami native. She and her husband serve at Christ Fellowship Miami. They love and champion the local church and have been in vocational ministry for 12 years.
Claire is the Administrative Assistant supporting our Sales and Marketing teams. Claire served in ministry at a church in Louisiana for over 12 years alongside her husband Zachary. They launched and led their own mobile campus for five years and she fulfilled various positions as the pastor’s wife.
She loves to help people take the next step in their personal development and is passionate about cultivating emotional health within leaders. Claire is currently pursuing her degree in Organizational Psychology and has a love for distance running. She and Zachary moved their family of six children from Louisiana to Franklin, TN in 2019 to start a creative company.
Jenny has over 24 years of accounting experience with churches, nonprofits and for-profit businesses. She has a degree in accounting from the University of Houston. As a former church staffer and church planter’s wife, she is passionate about the local church. Jenny is on the board of All for HIM Ministries, a ministry that serves the homeless in the downtown area of Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband, Chris, and her two daughters.
Melissa is a Copy Editor for the Unstuck Group. She has a master’s degree in English Literature from Clemson University and taught composition for several years in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and three boys. When she’s not writing, reading, or editing, Melissa enjoys cooking and eating delicious food. She’s active in her local church and passionate about music and children’s ministry.