September 2016

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Last week, we introduced the first episode of The Leadership Unstuck Podcast where we discussed the importance of determining the kind of person your church is trying to reach. In this episode I talk to Jerry Sweat, Lead Pastor of Beach Church in Jacksonville Beach, Florida about how to lead change effectively.
Last week, we introduced the first episode of The Leadership Unstuck Podcast where we discussed the importance of determining the kind of person your church is trying to reach. In this episode I talk to Jerry Sweat, Lead Pastor of Beach Church in Jacksonville Beach, Florida about how to lead change effectively.
27 Sep 2016

The Leadership Unstuck Podcast: Do You Have What It Takes to Lead Change?

Last week, we introduced the first episode of The Leadership Unstuck Podcast where we discussed the importance of determining the…

In this episode, you will discover why many churches never determine the exact person they are trying to reach; practical next steps your team can take to help determine your primary customer; and how to be intentional about reaching new people instead of becoming internally focused.
In this episode, you will discover why many churches never determine the exact person they are trying to reach; practical next steps your team can take to help determine your primary customer; and how to be intentional about reaching new people instead of becoming internally focused.
19 Sep 2016

The Leadership Unstuck Podcast: Do You Know Your Customer?

In this episode, you will discover why many churches never determine the exact person they are trying to reach; practical…

When I look back at my own personal journey, I am often reminded how confused people are about the defining moment of a capital campaign.

Many pastors think it is the public launch of the campaign sermon series.  This is a significant moment. But, it is not the defining moment.  What about the Commitment Event at the conclusion of the message series?  This is when people bring their pledges or intentions for the church’s future as a measurable expression of what God has done in their hearts.  That is also a very significant moment. But, it is not the defining moment.
When I look back at my own personal journey, I am often reminded how confused people are about the defining moment of a capital campaign. Many pastors think it is the public launch of the campaign sermon series. This is a significant moment. But, it is not the defining moment. What about the Commitment Event at the conclusion of the message series? This is when people bring their pledges or intentions for the church’s future as a measurable expression of what God has done in their hearts. That is also a very significant moment. But, it is not the defining moment.
14 Sep 2016

The Defining Moment Of A Capital Campaign

When I look back at my own personal journey, I am often reminded how confused people are about the defining…

I can’t believe I’m writing this article. I had always assumed that Christ-followers would always model a healthy work ethic, especially if they’re paid to engage ministry. My assumption is challenged, though, by a growing culture of laziness infecting many of our church staff teams.
I can’t believe I’m writing this article. I had always assumed that Christ-followers would always model a healthy work ethic, especially if they’re paid to engage ministry. My assumption is challenged, though, by a growing culture of laziness infecting many of our church staff teams.
13 Sep 2016

Lazy Staff Syndrome

I can’t believe I’m writing this article. I had always assumed that Christ-followers would always model a healthy work ethic,…

If you joined us for the Small Groups Strategies webinar this summer, you heard me mention the tremendous results Mike Bellanti and Northbrook Church in Richfield, WI have had by cutting programming and putting their energy into small groups. Mike was not available to be with us on that webinar panel, so I asked him to join me for a short interview to tell their story.
If you joined us for the Small Groups Strategies webinar this summer, you heard me mention the tremendous results Mike Bellanti and Northbrook Church in Richfield, WI have had by cutting programming and putting their energy into small groups. Mike was not available to be with us on that webinar panel, so I asked him to join me for a short interview to tell their story.
08 Sep 2016

How Northbrook Church Cut Programs and Saw Small Groups Thrive

If you joined us for the Small Groups Strategies webinar this summer, you heard me mention the tremendous results Mike…

As church leaders, we can offer a thousand different options to our congregation, but it doesn’t mean we should. That even applies to small groups. A lot of churches look to groups to solve a discipleship plan void, but they don’t take the time to think through the implications of making them work.

Here are three reasons to think about possibly eliminating your small groups.
As church leaders, we can offer a thousand different options to our congregation, but it doesn’t mean we should. That even applies to small groups. A lot of churches look to groups to solve a discipleship plan void, but they don’t take the time to think through the implications of making them work. Here are three reasons to think about possibly eliminating your small groups.
07 Sep 2016

3 Reasons Why Your Church Should Stop Offering Small Groups

As church leaders, we can offer a thousand different options to our congregation, but it doesn’t mean we should. That…

When someone uses their gifts of wisdom and teaching, we’re bound to hear an “Amen.” People will line up to express gratitude for their having brought biblical truth and life application.

When someone uses their gift of prayer, we wait expectantly on God to respond.

When someone uses their gifts of mercy and serving, we’re quick to recognize the selfless act of compassion for others.

When someone uses their gift of evangelism, we celebrate with them when someone hears the Gospel message and accepts Christ.

But when someone uses their gifts of leadership and administration, some people are bound to oppose it.
When someone uses their gifts of wisdom and teaching, we’re bound to hear an “Amen.” People will line up to express gratitude for their having brought biblical truth and life application. When someone uses their gift of prayer, we wait expectantly on God to respond. When someone uses their gifts of mercy and serving, we’re quick to recognize the selfless act of compassion for others. When someone uses their gift of evangelism, we celebrate with them when someone hears the Gospel message and accepts Christ. But when someone uses their gifts of leadership and administration, some people are bound to oppose it.
06 Sep 2016

A Rant About Leadership and Planning

When someone uses their gifts of wisdom and teaching, we’re bound to hear an “Amen.” People will line up to…

I am really excited to share this news. Later this month, I’m starting a new podcast to help churches get unstuck.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know this isn’t the first time I’ve started a church leadership podcast. But, this is the first time I’m starting it with my team at The Unstuck Group, and we’ve got some ideas I think you’re going to enjoy and value.
I am really excited to share this news. Later this month, I’m starting a new podcast to help churches get unstuck. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know this isn’t the first time I’ve started a church leadership podcast. But, this is the first time I’m starting it with my team at The Unstuck Group, and we’ve got some ideas I think you’re going to enjoy and value.
05 Sep 2016

Coming Soon – My New Podcast

I am really excited to share this news. Later this month, I’m starting a new podcast to help churches get…