Ministry Health and Growth

Articles on healthy church growth.

Most churches start, grow, thrive, decline and eventually end. But I believe God’s plan for our churches is that they grow in maturity towards a peak of sustained health. How can you avoid getting stuck in one of these phases and succeed in experiencing sustained health?
Most churches start, grow, thrive, decline and eventually end. But I believe God’s plan for our churches is that they grow in maturity towards a peak of sustained health. How can you avoid getting stuck in one of these phases and succeed in experiencing sustained health?
10 Nov 2020

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

Most churches start, grow, thrive, decline and eventually end. But I believe God’s plan for our churches is that they…

This week, we're diving into Life Support phase. This one is no fun to talk about, in general, but we have actually had the privilege to walk with some churches through a turn around of this magnitude and have seen how God can work even when the prospect looks bleak.
This week, we're diving into Life Support phase. This one is no fun to talk about, in general, but we have actually had the privilege to walk with some churches through a turn around of this magnitude and have seen how God can work even when the prospect looks bleak.
02 Sep 2020

Accelerating Change: Life Support Phase – Episode 158 | The Unstuck Church Podcast

This week, we’re diving into Life Support phase. This one is no fun to talk about, in general, but we…

Keep people from leaving. That's the priority focus of churches in the Preservation phase of the typical church lifecycle. In today's episode, we're sharing some specific changes churches in the Preservation phase need to make to make steps towards health in this season.
Keep people from leaving. That's the priority focus of churches in the Preservation phase of the typical church lifecycle. In today's episode, we're sharing some specific changes churches in the Preservation phase need to make to make steps towards health in this season.
26 Aug 2020

Accelerating Change: Preservation Phase – Episode 157 | The Unstuck Church Podcast

Keep people from leaving. That’s the priority focus of churches in the Preservation phase of the typical church lifecycle. In…

The preservation phase is a challenging season for churches. The signs of decline and lack of health become obvious, but the pain typically isn’t bad enough to foster a desire for change. Wondering if your church is stuck here? Here are some of the characteristics of churches in the preservation phase.
The preservation phase is a challenging season for churches. The signs of decline and lack of health become obvious, but the pain typically isn’t bad enough to foster a desire for change. Wondering if your church is stuck here? Here are some of the characteristics of churches in the preservation phase.
25 Aug 2020

6 Signals a Church Must Change to Survive | The Unstuck Church

The preservation phase is a challenging season for churches. The signs of decline and lack of health become obvious, but…

Now that churches are settling into the new normal, my suspicion is that the pandemic will only accelerate what we were already seeing before. Amy and I are starting part 1 of a 3-part conversation about all three of phases on the right side of the lifecycle. And in this episode, we're highlighting how the change we're experiencing affects those in Maintenance Phase.
Now that churches are settling into the new normal, my suspicion is that the pandemic will only accelerate what we were already seeing before. Amy and I are starting part 1 of a 3-part conversation about all three of phases on the right side of the lifecycle. And in this episode, we're highlighting how the change we're experiencing affects those in Maintenance Phase.
19 Aug 2020

Accelerating Change: Maintenance Phase – Episode 156 | The Unstuck Church Podcast

Now that churches are settling into the new normal, my suspicion is that the pandemic will only accelerate what we…

So often we see churches that are busy. Everyone's working hard, but the work isn't organized. It's not focused. So in this episode, we help you take a fresh look at how you think about the direction you're headed.
So often we see churches that are busy. Everyone's working hard, but the work isn't organized. It's not focused. So in this episode, we help you take a fresh look at how you think about the direction you're headed.
20 May 2020

Building Alignment: Direction – Episode 146 | The Unstuck Church Podcast

So often we see churches that are busy. Everyone’s working hard, but the work isn’t organized. It’s not focused. So…

Last week I wrote an article on why I think this interruption is going to strengthen the church’s mission—but that it's ultimately going to force churches to embrace a new normal. I asked Amy to join me for a conversation to dig a little deeper into each of those shifts.
Last week I wrote an article on why I think this interruption is going to strengthen the church’s mission—but that it's ultimately going to force churches to embrace a new normal. I asked Amy to join me for a conversation to dig a little deeper into each of those shifts.
22 Apr 2020

7 Shifts Churches Need to Make Because of the Coronavirus – Episode 142 | The Unstuck Church Podcast

Last week I wrote an article on why I think this interruption is going to strengthen the church’s mission—but that…