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Though I primarily work with churches, I do have the opportunity from time to time to provide consulting and coaching to business leaders. It struck me recently that the healthy businesses I serve practice many Biblical principles. At the same time, many stuck churches I engage with are unwilling to embrace these same Biblical principles.
Though I primarily work with churches, I do have the opportunity from time to time to provide consulting and coaching to business leaders. It struck me recently that the healthy businesses I serve practice many Biblical principles. At the same time, many stuck churches I engage with are unwilling to embrace these same Biblical principles.
14 Nov 2017

Pruning: Biblical Practices that Healthy Businesses Embrace and Stuck Churches Avoid

Though I primarily work with churches, I do have the opportunity from time to time to provide consulting and coaching…

Culture is constantly changing. As it shifts, churches feel the tug to change. The leadership often knows they need to make some adjustments, but many times they don't follow through because, let's face it, change is hard. But when change is rejected, churches fall behind. Here’s a short list of things churches can do to develop greater agility:
Culture is constantly changing. As it shifts, churches feel the tug to change. The leadership often knows they need to make some adjustments, but many times they don't follow through because, let's face it, change is hard. But when change is rejected, churches fall behind. Here’s a short list of things churches can do to develop greater agility:
03 Jul 2017

The Agile Church: 5 Ways to Lead Through Change

Culture is constantly changing. As it shifts, churches feel the tug to change. The leadership often knows they need to…

Is your church everything you once dreamed it would be? Every church has a compelling purpose, even if it’s been lost, derailed or delayed. We’re unpacking the stories of change at some great churches and sharing key steps to help you make make 3 BIG shifts around vision, leadership, and your discipleship pathway.
Is your church everything you once dreamed it would be? Every church has a compelling purpose, even if it’s been lost, derailed or delayed. We’re unpacking the stories of change at some great churches and sharing key steps to help you make make 3 BIG shifts around vision, leadership, and your discipleship pathway.
10 Jan 2017

3 Shifts for Healthy & Growing Churches in 2017

Is your church everything you once dreamed it would be? Every church has a compelling purpose, even if it’s been…

While most pastors are preparing for Christmas Eve services, wise pastors know there’s another big day right around the corner: January 1, 2017. The start of a new year in which to make new changes, build new ministries, and ultimately reach new people. I’d venture to bet there’s a list of changes you’ve wanted to make at your church for a while. This challenge is not for the complacent or comfortable. It's a 15-day journey to kickstart the ministry year you've been dreaming about, and it’s completely free.
While most pastors are preparing for Christmas Eve services, wise pastors know there’s another big day right around the corner: January 1, 2017. The start of a new year in which to make new changes, build new ministries, and ultimately reach new people. I’d venture to bet there’s a list of changes you’ve wanted to make at your church for a while. This challenge is not for the complacent or comfortable. It's a 15-day journey to kickstart the ministry year you've been dreaming about, and it’s completely free.
13 Dec 2016

Inviting You to Take The Unstuck Change Challenge

While most pastors are preparing for Christmas Eve services, wise pastors know there’s another big day right around the corner:…

Whenever The Unstuck Group engages in a planning process with a church, one of the foundational conversations we engage is around who the church is primarily trying to reach. In the marketplace, this would be the primary customer. A business would design its products, services, marketing and entire brand experience with that customer in mind.

In the church, we’re not trying to sell anything, but it’s just as important to know who the primary person we're trying to reach is. With that primary person in mind, a church can design ministry strategy, environments and messaging.
Whenever The Unstuck Group engages in a planning process with a church, one of the foundational conversations we engage is around who the church is primarily trying to reach. In the marketplace, this would be the primary customer. A business would design its products, services, marketing and entire brand experience with that customer in mind. In the church, we’re not trying to sell anything, but it’s just as important to know who the primary person we're trying to reach is. With that primary person in mind, a church can design ministry strategy, environments and messaging.
29 Nov 2016

The Fallacy of Trying to Reach the De-churched

Whenever The Unstuck Group engages in a planning process with a church, one of the foundational conversations we engage is…

“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…

Whenever I walk into a church facing attendance decline, a common theme emerges. The leaders are concerned that people are attending services less frequently. They’ll explain that regulars used to show up every week, but now they’re attending only once or twice a month. Rather than panic about attendance patterns; let me offer these proactive next steps you could take to encourage people to show up more often.
Whenever I walk into a church facing attendance decline, a common theme emerges. The leaders are concerned that people are attending services less frequently. They’ll explain that regulars used to show up every week, but now they’re attending only once or twice a month. Rather than panic about attendance patterns; let me offer these proactive next steps you could take to encourage people to show up more often.
08 Nov 2016

Panic at the Church: Dealing with Less Frequent Attendance Patterns

Whenever I walk into a church facing attendance decline, a common theme emerges. The leaders are concerned that people are…

In this episode of The Leadership Unstuck Podcast, I talk to Gabe Kolstad, Lead Pastor of Westside Community Church in Beaverton, Oregon about the creative process and how to make church services less predictable. Then, Ryan Stigile and Amy Anderson join me to talk about why churches tend to get stuck in a rut, how to walk through the creative process and who to involve, as well as some practical ways to successfully move beyond the routine and add life to your weekend services.
In this episode of The Leadership Unstuck Podcast, I talk to Gabe Kolstad, Lead Pastor of Westside Community Church in Beaverton, Oregon about the creative process and how to make church services less predictable. Then, Ryan Stigile and Amy Anderson join me to talk about why churches tend to get stuck in a rut, how to walk through the creative process and who to involve, as well as some practical ways to successfully move beyond the routine and add life to your weekend services.
25 Oct 2016

The Leadership Unstuck Podcast: Are Your Services Too Predictable?

In this episode of The Leadership Unstuck Podcast, I talk to Gabe Kolstad, Lead Pastor of Westside Community Church in…

Churches don’t change. In fact most churches avoid changing at all cost, even if it means not growing. It’s so bad that I’ve seen churches choose to close their doors over choosing to change. Here are six common reasons I’ve observed why churches choose not to change. One of these might be why your church won’t change.
Churches don’t change. In fact most churches avoid changing at all cost, even if it means not growing. It’s so bad that I’ve seen churches choose to close their doors over choosing to change. Here are six common reasons I’ve observed why churches choose not to change. One of these might be why your church won’t change.
06 Oct 2016

Why Churches Don’t Change

Churches don’t change. In fact most churches avoid changing at all cost, even if it means not growing. It’s so…