November 2016

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We had a great experience going to the game; the outcome was just disappointing. It was like the Gators were trying to phone this one in. They didn’t look like themselves. It’s like they didn’t even get off the bus! I don’t mind losing if they leave it all on the field, but they just didn’t play up to their potential. Ever been a part of a team like that? A team that doesn’t play up to their potential? Here are some of the reasons why it happens.
We had a great experience going to the game; the outcome was just disappointing. It was like the Gators were trying to phone this one in. They didn’t look like themselves. It’s like they didn’t even get off the bus! I don’t mind losing if they leave it all on the field, but they just didn’t play up to their potential. Ever been a part of a team like that? A team that doesn’t play up to their potential? Here are some of the reasons why it happens.
30 Nov 2016

Why Teams Don’t Play Up to Their Potential

We had a great experience going to the game; the outcome was just disappointing. It was like the Gators were…

Whenever The Unstuck Group engages in a planning process with a church, one of the foundational conversations we engage is around who the church is primarily trying to reach. In the marketplace, this would be the primary customer. A business would design its products, services, marketing and entire brand experience with that customer in mind.

In the church, we’re not trying to sell anything, but it’s just as important to know who the primary person we're trying to reach is. With that primary person in mind, a church can design ministry strategy, environments and messaging.
Whenever The Unstuck Group engages in a planning process with a church, one of the foundational conversations we engage is around who the church is primarily trying to reach. In the marketplace, this would be the primary customer. A business would design its products, services, marketing and entire brand experience with that customer in mind. In the church, we’re not trying to sell anything, but it’s just as important to know who the primary person we're trying to reach is. With that primary person in mind, a church can design ministry strategy, environments and messaging.
29 Nov 2016

The Fallacy of Trying to Reach the De-churched

Whenever The Unstuck Group engages in a planning process with a church, one of the foundational conversations we engage is…

Unfortunately, the marketing worked and more and more families began to move into the neighborhood. With each home came new families who also wanted to enjoy the swimming pool. Before we knew it, our neighborhood had a problem. The pool was overcrowded and it was becoming a challenge for the members to enjoy it. In order to accommodate new families and their friends, something had to change.
Unfortunately, the marketing worked and more and more families began to move into the neighborhood. With each home came new families who also wanted to enjoy the swimming pool. Before we knew it, our neighborhood had a problem. The pool was overcrowded and it was becoming a challenge for the members to enjoy it. In order to accommodate new families and their friends, something had to change.
22 Nov 2016

We Fixed the Overcrowding Problem at Our Neighborhood Pool

Unfortunately, the marketing worked and more and more families began to move into the neighborhood. With each home came new…

It is no secret that people are attending church less frequently than ever before. Even faithful Christian families may only be there a couple weekends each month. The reason for this seems to be the same in every geographic region: Competition. Not competition with other churches but with other activities. Sunday used to be a protected day on our culture’s calendar. Now it is fair play for youth sports, lake days, work, and more.
It is no secret that people are attending church less frequently than ever before. Even faithful Christian families may only be there a couple weekends each month. The reason for this seems to be the same in every geographic region: Competition. Not competition with other churches but with other activities. Sunday used to be a protected day on our culture’s calendar. Now it is fair play for youth sports, lake days, work, and more.
21 Nov 2016

Why You Might Not Want People In Church Every Sunday – Panic at the Church (Part 5)

It is no secret that people are attending church less frequently than ever before. Even faithful Christian families may only…

In the 1970s the Mountainside Gospel Chapel started experiencing a slow but steady decline. The church continued to serve faithfully, but memberships dwindled over the next 40 years. Eventually, they found themselves left with only 29 members. Like many other small, older churches in North America, they had difficult decisions to make.
In the 1970s the Mountainside Gospel Chapel started experiencing a slow but steady decline. The church continued to serve faithfully, but memberships dwindled over the next 40 years. Eventually, they found themselves left with only 29 members. Like many other small, older churches in North America, they had difficult decisions to make.
20 Nov 2016

Unreasonable Established Church Gives Its Building to A Young Church

In the 1970s the Mountainside Gospel Chapel started experiencing a slow but steady decline. The church continued to serve faithfully,…

When you love a strategy more then you love the mission you’ve got the right recipe for a declining church. When the strategy stops working it’s not time to give up on the mission, it’s time to employ a new strategy. The mission of the Church is not to get a bunch of people in a big room at one time for a great show. The mission of the church is to help people meet Jesus. Don’t get those two things confused.
When you love a strategy more then you love the mission you’ve got the right recipe for a declining church. When the strategy stops working it’s not time to give up on the mission, it’s time to employ a new strategy. The mission of the Church is not to get a bunch of people in a big room at one time for a great show. The mission of the church is to help people meet Jesus. Don’t get those two things confused.
15 Nov 2016

Large Church Gatherings Are a Strategy, Not the Mission – Panic at the Church (Part 4)

When you love a strategy more then you love the mission you’ve got the right recipe for a declining church.…

“Our customer is the problem. That’s why we’re not making any money.”
Sounds like a surefire way to run a business, doesn’t it? Organizations like that don’t keep their doors open for long. Yet it’s the very mindset holding many church leaders back.
“Our customer is the problem. That’s why we’re not making any money.” Sounds like a surefire way to run a business, doesn’t it? Organizations like that don’t keep their doors open for long. Yet it’s the very mindset holding many church leaders back.
14 Nov 2016

Church Attendance Decline? There’s a Problem with Your Product. – Panic at the Church (Part 3)

“Our customer is the problem. That’s why we’re not making any money.” Sounds like a surefire way to run a…

Earlier this week, I introduced a new series on the church attendance panic we’re currently seeing in many churches. As we continue the conversation, I caught up with Bryan Collier, Lead Pastor of The Orchard in Tupelo, Mississippi, to get his thoughts on attendance, societal shifts, and his church's mission.
Earlier this week, I introduced a new series on the church attendance panic we’re currently seeing in many churches. As we continue the conversation, I caught up with Bryan Collier, Lead Pastor of The Orchard in Tupelo, Mississippi, to get his thoughts on attendance, societal shifts, and his church's mission.
10 Nov 2016

How One Church Leans In to Less Frequent Attendance – Panic at the Church (Part 2)

Earlier this week, I introduced a new series on the church attendance panic we’re currently seeing in many churches. As…

A fundraiser is easy. You give what someone asks you to give out of emotion, inspiration or pressure. A spiritual journey, on the other hand, is never easy.  

The Bible does not mention fundraising at all, which means God never promised He will bless it. At INJOY Stewardship Solutions, we try to stop churches from doing fundraisers and instead take people on spiritual journeys.
A fundraiser is easy. You give what someone asks you to give out of emotion, inspiration or pressure. A spiritual journey, on the other hand, is never easy. The Bible does not mention fundraising at all, which means God never promised He will bless it. At INJOY Stewardship Solutions, we try to stop churches from doing fundraisers and instead take people on spiritual journeys.
09 Nov 2016

Can People Meet Jesus During A Capital Campaign?

A fundraiser is easy. You give what someone asks you to give out of emotion, inspiration or pressure. A spiritual…

Whenever I walk into a church facing attendance decline, a common theme emerges. The leaders are concerned that people are attending services less frequently. They’ll explain that regulars used to show up every week, but now they’re attending only once or twice a month. Rather than panic about attendance patterns; let me offer these proactive next steps you could take to encourage people to show up more often.
Whenever I walk into a church facing attendance decline, a common theme emerges. The leaders are concerned that people are attending services less frequently. They’ll explain that regulars used to show up every week, but now they’re attending only once or twice a month. Rather than panic about attendance patterns; let me offer these proactive next steps you could take to encourage people to show up more often.
08 Nov 2016

Panic at the Church: Dealing with Less Frequent Attendance Patterns

Whenever I walk into a church facing attendance decline, a common theme emerges. The leaders are concerned that people are…

Pastors need a healthier scorecard for ministry. A few years ago, our team set out to help pastors get a clearer understanding of the health of their churches. We believed access to a better scorecard for ministry would show them where they were making an impact and where their churches might be stuck. What resulted was the development of Vital Signs. When you can honestly and accurately acknowledge unhealthy areas of your ministry, you can address them to move forward. That’s what this eBook is all about; bringing your leaders together around reality so you can improve it.
Pastors need a healthier scorecard for ministry. A few years ago, our team set out to help pastors get a clearer understanding of the health of their churches. We believed access to a better scorecard for ministry would show them where they were making an impact and where their churches might be stuck. What resulted was the development of Vital Signs. When you can honestly and accurately acknowledge unhealthy areas of your ministry, you can address them to move forward. That’s what this eBook is all about; bringing your leaders together around reality so you can improve it.
06 Nov 2016

Why Church Health Matters and 14 Ways to Measure It

Pastors need a healthier scorecard for ministry. A few years ago, our team set out to help pastors get a…