The average age of the congregation was 62 years old. The budget had been red for a while; the church was only a few years away from being cashless. They were on life support. The elders knew it, and that’s why they called The Unstuck Group. But their leadership model didn’t allow them to make changes for growth…
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Why are the majority of small churches in America congregationally-led instead of being led by pastors and ministry staff? Here’s a short history lesson and some thoughts on if congregationally-led churches can experience sustained health.
Back in the spring, I had the opportunity to facilitate a strategic planning retreat with the leadership team from Sun Valley Community Church. Sun Valley is a church with 6,000 people gathering in five locations in the Phoenix area. Many times, I don’t get the opportunity to see the vision move from the planning charts to reality. But here are 5 thoughts on leadership that came to mind after I heard this update.
This week I’m a keynote speaker at the Leadership Institute 2017, a United Methodist gathering…
Vision causes excitement. People will rally around “what can be” pretty easily. However, vision has to become more than just words; it must generate something deeper than an emotional moment. When vision casting isn’t followed by vision execution, it probably means the the vision is stuck in death valley.
Too many churches move into a community to reach the people who are there and then operate like a fortress to keep the community out. But what are some practical ways we can serve our community? How can we move beyond building a church to building a city?
Does everyone seem to be an unsolicited advice giver in your church? I mean, how often do you hear, “Can I just give you a small suggestion?” I’m sure everyone means well, but hearing this every week doesn’t do my heart well. After many years of receiving unsolicited suggestions, I’ve decided on a new approach. And it seems to be working.
Pastor, I believe we are on the cusp of some incredible breakthroughs in the world. God chose you to be one of the builders. We need you more now than ever.
Going multisite has the potential to be an effective strategy for your church. But how do you know it’s right for you? How can you be sure your church is ready? What can you put in place to make sure the strategy is healthy? In this episode of The Leadership Unstuck Podcast, I cover some of the most common challenges churches face when launching additional campuses and how you can avoid becoming multistuck.
Churches can learn a lot from businesses. It’s true. For many years, I have worked with my team to help churches get unstuck. But, I periodically have had the chance to serve businesses as well. And there’s one thing that is consistent with every business I’ve served:
Churches experience terribly painful moments: scandal, loss, division, family tragedy. These identify just a few of the rough waters that church leaders must traverse. As I work with more and more churches, I’m realizing two things. First, painful moments are unavoidable. No church is immune. And second, a church cannot heal from something it doesn’t acknowledge. Responding well in these moments is the difference between getting stuck or moving forward together.