July 1, 2013 Tony Morgan

Stop Doing that Event!: 10 Signs that It’s Time to Eliminate an All-Church Event

You may assume based on my previous writing that I’m not a big fan of events. If so, you would be right. Generally speaking, I think events are killing the church.

That said, I do believe there’s a place for events if they’re done right. Here’s a chart to help you consider what distinguishes a healthy event from an unhealthy one.

Healthy Events

If you haven’t in the past, now would be a good time to list every event your church offers in a given calendar year. Then, as a team, assess whether or not it’s healthy.

Use this as an opportunity to either get the unhealthy events in the healthy column. Or, if that’s not possible, maybe it’s time you stopped offering the unhealthy events.

Whatever you do, don’t continue scheduling the event because you’ve always done it. That’s one of the reasons why events are killing the church.

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Tony Morgan

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.

Comments (10)

  1. Love the list, Tony. It leads leaders to intentionality and purpose rather than contentment and setting our speed to leadership ‘cruise.’ I’d love to see what would happen if the Church used this list as a filter for all there events at least once every year or two.

  2. Scott Cassel

    Brilliant list, thank you for posting it. I’ll be referring to it in the next staff meeting!

    • Tony M.

      I love it when I hear folks are engaging conversations like this with their staff team. Best encouragement I could receive. Thanks!

  3. Tony Morgan

    Tony, any chance you’ve got that two column chart in a text form? I’d sure like to extract some stuff from it for a blind friend, and as a graphic, it doesn’t exist to him.

  4. David Hooper

    Love it. The one possible exception to this is our ‘Legendary Volunteers Celebration’ where the Staff serve dinner to all the volunteers, and it’s almost completely insider focused. Now I’m going to copy down that list.

  5. Michael Moore

    Tony, I love it!! This list is spot on and so strategic!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

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