Growing Strategies

I'll be honest: this is one of the hardest topics for me to address. There are times when a church has entered what I call the Life Support season of the church life cycle. In other words, they’re near death. The doors of the church are about ready to close. Take a look at these 4 characteristics so you know the warning signs.
I'll be honest: this is one of the hardest topics for me to address. There are times when a church has entered what I call the Life Support season of the church life cycle. In other words, they’re near death. The doors of the church are about ready to close. Take a look at these 4 characteristics so you know the warning signs.
06 Sep 2017

4 Characteristics of a Church on Life Support | The Unstuck Church

I’ll be honest: this is one of the hardest topics for me to address. There are times when a church…

You have probably heard it said, “A camel is just a horse designed by a committee.”  That is pretty funny once you get up close to a camel and are aware of all its oddities. Some of the churches we work with at The Unstuck Group also have their own oddities, what we refer to as “stuckness,” due in part to their large amount of boards and/or committees.
You have probably heard it said, “A camel is just a horse designed by a committee.”  That is pretty funny once you get up close to a camel and are aware of all its oddities. Some of the churches we work with at The Unstuck Group also have their own oddities, what we refer to as “stuckness,” due in part to their large amount of boards and/or committees.
05 Sep 2017

Why Mid-Size Churches Get Stuck: Committee Overload

You have probably heard it said, “A camel is just a horse designed by a committee.”  That is pretty funny…

A few weeks ago we hosted a private webinar for folks who pre-ordered their copies of The Unstuck Church. The group that participated sent in questions ahead of time, and we thought a few of them might be good ones to answer for blog readers as well. Here were a few of those questions and how we answered them:
A few weeks ago we hosted a private webinar for folks who pre-ordered their copies of The Unstuck Church. The group that participated sent in questions ahead of time, and we thought a few of them might be good ones to answer for blog readers as well. Here were a few of those questions and how we answered them:
29 Jun 2017

The Unstuck Church: Reader Questions Answered

A few weeks ago we hosted a private webinar for folks who pre-ordered their copies of The Unstuck Church. The…

Most pastors of small churches want to reach and impact more people over time. Adding a second service at the right time and for the right reasons can help them in that effort. However, church leaders and congregants in smaller congregations often raise passionate objections whenever this topic is considered.
Most pastors of small churches want to reach and impact more people over time. Adding a second service at the right time and for the right reasons can help them in that effort. However, church leaders and congregants in smaller congregations often raise passionate objections whenever this topic is considered.
21 Jun 2017

Why Small Churches Get Stuck: They’re Unwilling to Move to Two Services

Most pastors of small churches want to reach and impact more people over time. Adding a second service at the…

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.
24 Apr 2017

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…

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 Apr 2017

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…

When churches are small, relationships drive everything. Relationships are the reason people show up to events. But that dynamic is different in large churches. If the goal is to encourage relationships that foster spiritual growth, bigger events actually make it more challenging. So how should large churches define what is a "win" for their events?
When churches are small, relationships drive everything. Relationships are the reason people show up to events. But that dynamic is different in large churches. If the goal is to encourage relationships that foster spiritual growth, bigger events actually make it more challenging. So how should large churches define what is a "win" for their events?
04 Apr 2017

When Large Churches Get Stuck: Prioritizing Relationships Over Events

When churches are small, relationships drive everything. Relationships are the reason people show up to events. But that dynamic is…

If we’re going to build a framework that helps move people toward maturity and Christ-likeness, we’ve got to think clearly about identifying steps where progress can be measured. Can you imagine what would happen in the church if it were to be intentional about moving people through a purposeful pathway? First off, we would need to have one. And secondly, it would need to work. But if those things were true, we could turn the world upside down in a single generation. These 5 questions will help you consider how to improve your discipleship process.
If we’re going to build a framework that helps move people toward maturity and Christ-likeness, we’ve got to think clearly about identifying steps where progress can be measured. Can you imagine what would happen in the church if it were to be intentional about moving people through a purposeful pathway? First off, we would need to have one. And secondly, it would need to work. But if those things were true, we could turn the world upside down in a single generation. These 5 questions will help you consider how to improve your discipleship process.
26 Feb 2017

5 Questions for a Better Discipleship Path – Defining a Simple, Effective Discipleship Process (Part 2)

If we’re going to build a framework that helps move people toward maturity and Christ-likeness, we’ve got to think clearly…