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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 Pastors.com. I’ve coached pastors for years, helping them walk navigate leadership, vision, strategy and action for their church.

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Each Wednesday, you can be a part of the conversations my team is having about getting churches unstuck.

We explore common challenges in ministry and practical steps for tackling them. It’s kind of like getting to be a fly on the wall of my staff’s weekly meetings. Subscribe to get the weekly podcast episode sent straight to your inbox, along with a conversation guide to help you navigate each topic with your team.

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PODCAST

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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BOOK

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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COACHING

A lot of pastors are telling me they feel overwhelmed by rapid change and the number of decisions that need to be made. My guess is you feel this way too. My team and I will help you grow your church’s impact as you grow the effectiveness of your own leadership.

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SPEAKING

Interested in having me speak to your group or at an event? I sometimes do that. Review my most popular talk topics and fill out a speaking request form.

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Featured Content

Church Boards Do Not Have to Be Dysfunctional

A few years back, I read High-Impact Church Boards: How to Develop Healthy, Intentional, and Empowered Church Leaders by T.J. Addington.

Church leadership boards need to read that book together.

I had a chance to catch up with T.J. to go a little deeper. Here’s my interview with him:

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“What worked at a prior stage in your church life may not work well now, so don’t be afraid to acknowledge needed changes. Healthy boards do not protect the status quo if there is a better practice.”

“I would argue that two defining characteristics of church cultures are bureaucracy and control. These are often fueled by a third characteristic: mistrust.”

“Even knowing the frailties of men and women — that ministry would be done imperfectly and sometimes poorly — Jesus trusted them, empowered by His Spirit, to represent Him well, to build the church, and to reach a broken world with the gospel. This is not a picture of control but of empowerment. If Jesus was willing to risk giving His ministry away, we must be willing to risk along with Him.”

“A core distinction between the roles of a church’s staff and its board is that day-to-day management falls to staff members or key volunteers, while governance — the establishment of policy and direction — falls to the church board.”

“A church does not only grow numerically, it changes — causing an ongoing need for governance systems to reflect its current size.”

“What you never find in the New Testament are competing boards or groups that exist to balance power or check leadership.”

With an aligned team and board, it’s much easier to lead your team to thrive in this new normal. But with the overwhelming amount of opinions, decisions and uncertainty, a lot of pastors are telling us they feel ill-equipped to lead in this season.

For the last 10 years, we’ve been providing pastors with an ally—coaching them as they lead churches towards a new vision for the future, with the ultimate goal of continually reaching new people and helping them take next steps towards Christ. And we’d love to partner with you as you navigate your next steps.

Too often ministry leaders find themselves without that kind of support in their corner. We want to be your ally—help you see what you can’t see, build new muscles and become a better leader to lead more people to Jesus. 

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We often find through our work that the governance of a church becomes a barrier to health—

and ultimately one of the key reasons why churches get stuck.

In times like these, a dysfunctional or broken governance model creates additional layers of complexity around clarifying mission/vision, decision-making, and leading change.

So, how should churches be governed biblically and effectively?

Join us on Thursday, December 17 at 1pm EST for a practical conversation to clarify the essential roles of the board and the staff team, and to help you position your church for healthy growth under aligned leadership.

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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.

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