Ryan Stigile

Ryan Stigile

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Is it possible that in our attempts to connect with guests, we actually push people away by feeling corporate and transactional? Don't get me wrong. I'm all for following up personally with as many people as possible. But the way we go about it sets the tone for our relationships with them. Simply asking for contact info and sending some one-way scripted messages (even on a phone call) is far from making a connection.
Is it possible that in our attempts to connect with guests, we actually push people away by feeling corporate and transactional? Don't get me wrong. I'm all for following up personally with as many people as possible. But the way we go about it sets the tone for our relationships with them. Simply asking for contact info and sending some one-way scripted messages (even on a phone call) is far from making a connection.
20 Dec 2016

Beyond the Mug: Connecting with Guests Coming In Your Front Door

Is it possible that in our attempts to connect with guests, we actually push people away by feeling corporate and…

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…

“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…

I’ve noticed a common trait among many pastors and leaders. I’m no exception. Every one of us wants to be right.
We don’t want to waste others' time making up for our mistakes. We’d rather not disappoint our staff, elders, and congregation. And we certainly don’t want to send our churches racing toward the wrong target. So when it comes to setting vision, we often take our time to ensure it is bold enough but not unreasonable. When it comes to clarifying our strategy, we consider every option and then create a few more, all in hopes of not missing the “right” answer.
I’ve noticed a common trait among many pastors and leaders. I’m no exception. Every one of us wants to be right. We don’t want to waste others' time making up for our mistakes. We’d rather not disappoint our staff, elders, and congregation. And we certainly don’t want to send our churches racing toward the wrong target. So when it comes to setting vision, we often take our time to ensure it is bold enough but not unreasonable. When it comes to clarifying our strategy, we consider every option and then create a few more, all in hopes of not missing the “right” answer.
04 Oct 2016

Why I’d Rather Be Wrong Than Wait To Be Right

I’ve noticed a common trait among many pastors and leaders. I’m no exception. Every one of us wants to be…