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I'm Tony Morgan.

I’m the Founder and Lead Strategist of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, I served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). I’ve written several books, as well as articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and



With The Unstuck Church Podcast, I invite you into the real-time conversations our team is having about church leadership every week. We explore common challenges in ministry and practical steps for tackling them.

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In my latest book, The Unstuck Church, I unpack each phase of the typical church lifecycle and offer specific and strategic next steps a church can take to find its way to sustained health.

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I write for church leaders regularly—about ministry strategy, church health and growth, leadership development, staffing and various other topics.

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4 Themes I See in Complex Ministry Teams

+ Why Clarifying Roles is a Critical Issue for Church Health & Growth

I’ve spent a lot of time with a lot of church teams at this point, and I’ve noticed some common themes adding complexity to teams and ultimately getting them stuck. Tell me if you see any of these in your church:

1. Roles Overlap.

Every team will at times need to take on the other roles listed. Problems begin develop, though, when a team spends the majority of their team assuming a role that belongs to another team. Create an effective internal communications system to ensure the right people are being communicated to.

2. Leadership Vacuums Develop When a Team Doesn’t Embrace Their Role.

Organizations get out of whack when a team abdicates its responsibility and no one carries out that function. When that happens, people will try to fill the vacuum and it can pull the church in an unhealthy direction.

Lack of role clarity contributes to this. If a team member isn’t certain of their responsibilities, not only does something significant fall through the cracks, but it prevents someone else from being able to do their job well.

3. We “Do” Rather Than “Equip To Do.”

This is something that I see far too often. The comfortable place to live is in “doing” the work. It’s what we know. God’s design for the church is that those of us in leadership would equip God’s people to do the work of God. (See Ephesians 4:12)

When we don’t follow God’s design, we won’t experience God’s fruit.
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4. We Spend More Time Investing in Tasks Than People.

There needs to be a balance of both. We prioritize time and systems to complete the tasks. We also need to prioritize the time and systems to care for people with whom we have influence. This is where discipleship and leadership development happens (I actually wrote a post about this you should check out).

Truthfully, this is why #3 carries so much weight. We can’t execute every task and care for every person. We have to build teams that create room for both. Both are required for a healthy, growing ministry.

Defining role clarity as a priority creates systems that will help you lead your team to health, ultimately helping your team lead more people to Jesus.
Defining role clarity as a priority creates systems that will help you lead your team to health, ultimately helping your team lead more people to Jesus. Click To Tweet

If complexity is getting your staff team stuck check out the Staffing & Structure Review portion of the Unstuck Process. Through a variety of assessments, exercises, conversations and work sessions, we help you and your team develop a customized structure based on your church’s vision and strategy.

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In 2008, I started offering leadership coaching networks for pastors. A theme emerged again and again: Pastors felt stuck. That’s when I began developing a process to help them get unstuck. In 2009, I served 10 churches. Since building my team, we’ve begun serving 100s each year—ranging in size from under 100 in average attendance to 20,000+.

Our process helps you assess ministry health, create strategic plans, structure your staff to the strategy, and follow through on your action plans.