January 2, 2018 Tony Morgan

Top 10 Posts of 2017

I always like to take a look back at the conversations we had throughout the year that really resonated with readers. From staffing, to money, to leadership to preaching, these were the top 10 articles of 2017 on my site.

1. Churches Can’t Trunk or Treat Their Way to Health

I saw dozens of churches promoting fall festivals, pumpkin patches and Trunk or Treat events. Maybe it’s time to rethink this strategy.

2. The Money Series: How Much Should You Spend on Staff?

It should be no surprise that the largest financial investment most churches make is on people, specifically the church staff budget. But how much should you spend?

3. Netflix, TED, and the Future of Preaching

With most churches preaching in decades-old formats, are pastors equipped for the direction of future preaching?

4.  The Church That Voted for a Slow Death

This church was on life support. The elders knew it. But their congregationally-led model didn’t allow them to make changes for growth.

5. The Limits of Friendship and How They’re Probably Impacting Your Church

We all need “best friends” in our lives, but it’s not possible to develop those relationships by sitting in rows in a service, a class or any other event.

5.  One Millennial’s Plea For Your to Fix Your Website

Young people are literally using your website to decide whether or not to come to your church. What does yours communicate to millennials? 

7. Why Mid-Size Churches Get Stuck: Not Prioritizing Children’s Ministry

Every investment in your children’s ministry is an investment in the future of your church. Here are three elements to a thriving children’s ministry.

8.  Why Mid-Size Churches Get Stuck: You Don’t Actually Need More Staff

You can see that the staff is stretched too thin. But you look at your staffing dollars and feel like you’re overspending. How can that be?

9.  10 Easy Steps to Split Your Church

There’s some funky stuff happening out there. Churches are innocently making decisions today that will likely be quite damaging in the long run. I’m confident that churches don’t try to sabotage their ministries on purpose. Let me give you some examples.

10. Understanding the 7 Phases of a Church’s Life Cycle | The Unstuck Church

Regardless of uniqueness, every church has the potential to go through a very similar life cycle. How can churches reach sustained health?

My team and I have some exciting things headed your way in 2018. We can’t wait to spend the new year helping more churches get unstuck. Happy New Year!

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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, theunstuckgroup.com. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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