The Unstuck Church Podcast with Tony Morgan

The Unstuck Church Podcast with Tony Morgan

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With THE UNSTUCK CHURCH PODCAST, we invite you into the real-time conversations our team is having about church leadership every week. Hosted by Tony Morgan, this podcast explores common challenges in ministry and practical steps for tackling them. It’s like getting to be a fly on the wall of our staff meetings. Tune in weekly for: * Insights, observations and trends for church leaders from Tony Morgan. * Benchmarks in church growth and health from The Unstuck Group’s work serving hundreds churches across North America each year. * Practical advice to help you lead your church towards sustained health. We think that after listening to The Unstuck Church Podcast, you’ll want to start these discussions with your own team at your next staff meeting. Add your thoughts to the conversation on social media using #unstuckchurch.


Insider-itis, Narcissism & Other Reasons Churches Don’t Reach More People - Episode 115
Oct 16 • 33 min
Many people are more familiar with what the church is against than what the Church is for. In this episode, Jeff joins Tony for a conversation about practical ideas leaders can implement to reframe how their churches think and behave, at the staff and…
Get Your Church Staff Unstuck - Episode 114
Oct 9 • 36 min
We’ve found many church staff teams operate in one of two extremes: They get along with each other but struggle to execute plans… or they are impressively productive but unhealthy and dysfunctional. The undercurrent is often that we church leaders can get…
Next Steps Engagement - Episode 113
Oct 2 • 20 min
Engaging Your Mission Field (Part 4). Churches drift towards an insider-focus over time—more attention is given to discipleship of Christ followers than to effective outreach and evangelism. How do you fight that tendency? In this episode, Tony and Amy…
First Steps Guest Engagement - Episode 112
Sep 25 • 18 min
Engaging Your Mission Field (Part 3). Churches drift towards an insider-focus over time—more attention is given to discipleship of Christ followers than to effective outreach and evangelism. How do you fight that tendency? Int this episode, Tony and Amy…
First-Time Guest Engagement - Episode 111
Sep 18 • 15 min
Engaging Your Mission Field (Part 2). Churches drift towards an insider-focus over time—more attention is given to discipleship of Christ followers than to effective outreach and evangelism. How do you fight that tendency? In this episode, Tony and Amy…
Pre-Guest Engagement - Episode 110
Sep 11 • 23 min
Engaging Your Mission Field (Part 1). Churches drift towards an insider-focus over time with more attention being given to discipleship of Christ followers than to effective outreach and evangelism. How do you fight that tendency? In this episode, Tony…
More Church Engagement Q&A - Episode 109
Sep 4 • 23 min
You had more questions about church engagement—so we are taking this week to answer them. From engagement strategies for pre-guest, empty-nesters, transient areas, online services and more, Tony and Amy share what they see working in the churches The…
Is Multisite on the Downslope? Episode 108
Aug 28 • 27 min
Recently, some high profile multisite churches made the decision to un-multisite. For a variety of reasons, their ministry strategy has shifted from “one church in many locations” to “multiple independent churches,” some even boldly downsizing one…
Social Media Best Practices for Churches - Episode 107
Aug 21 • 27 min
What’s the “win” for your church’s social media activity? If you don’t know, at best you’ll waste time and resources, and at worst you’ll do damage to your brand and the potential you have to engage people outside your church. In this episode, Tiffany…
Increasing Church Engagement - Episode 106
Aug 14 • 36 min
We find many pastors are confused about engagement. How do we increase it? Why do people show up, come back, plug in or leave? Recently, Tony, Amy and Sean hosted a live webinar for church leaders on the topic of engagement. In this episode, we’re sharing…
Sermon Series Planning - Episode 105
Aug 7 • 24 min
It’s one of the big responsibilities every pastor has—the planning process for message series. Few pastors tell us they have a great process. In this episode, Tony and Amy share one you can learn that reduces frustration and helps you become more…
New Guest Connection Strategies for the 21st Century - Episode 104
Jul 31 • 16 min
Many churches don’t have an intentional plan to identify, welcome and follow up with their new guests. And, if they do have a plan, it’s often too cumbersome for a new guest to engage. In this episode, Tony, Amy and Sean share the method we’ve seen some…
Getting Clear on Brand - Episode 103
Jul 24 • 22 min
A few decades ago, churches weren’t talking about design or brand or project management or technology. The bad news? Many churches are doing those things now, but overall our outcomes are not better. In this episode, Tony and Amy interview Kem Meyer,…
3 Reasons Why Your Church Isn’t Producing Spiritual Growth - Episode 102
Jul 17 • 21 min
Church growth vs. spiritual growth. Churches often operate like the two are mutually exclusive. The truth is, Jesus charged us both with reaching new people and helping them learn to be more like Him. We find unstuck churches are effective on both sides…
Making Disciples in a Culture of Busy - Episode 101
Jul 10 • 16 min
167 hours per week. That’s how much time people spend doing all the things that don’t happen at a weekend church service. If you’re interested in redeeming all that time to help people take next steps in their relationship with Christ, there’s one…
Managing Multisite Tensions - Episode 100
Jul 3 • 21 min
Tension. Your multisite church has some frustration bubbling below the surface if you hear team members asking questions like… Who do I (really) report to? Who made that decision? Why didn’t they ask me about that? Why can’t we do that? In this episode,…
Multisite Warning Signs - Episode 99
Jun 26 • 24 min
In this episode, Tony and Amy unpack 3 specific warning signs a church that thinks it’s using a multisite strategy is really doing… something else.
Developing Leaders for Small Groups - Episode 98
Jun 19 • 23 min
More leaders. Every pastor we talk to is hoping to find more of them. But how well are you multiplying the ones you have? Multiplication is the element of small groups strategy churches tend to leave out. But if you’re developing leaders through small…
Increasing First-Time Guests - Episode 97
Jun 12 • 26 min
What if your church’s back-door problem is actually a front-door problem? That’s the question Connexus Church in Barrie, ON (yep, Carey Nieuwhof’s church) found itself wrestling with several years ago. In this episode, Tony interviews lead pastor Jeff…
Culture Champion - Episode 96
Jun 5 • 26 min
It is the senior pastor’s responsibility to set the tone for their team and lead the church by example. When done right, not only do you shape the culture of the team, but of the entire church.
Leader of Leaders - Episode 95
May 29 • 27 min
It may sound obvious, but senior pastors need to be the primary leader of leaders in the church. Leadership requires evolution. You can’t be the same leader that you were a year ago and expect to keep your church moving forward.
Teaching - Episode 94
May 22 • 24 min
If you’re the senior pastor, you can’t delegate teaching, and you MUST delegate the things that get in the way of great teaching.
Vision-Casting - Episode 93
May 15 • 19 min
Leaders are often told they’re trying to do too much—and it’s usually true. But if you succeed at empowering and developing other leaders, where does that leave you? What are the things only the senior pastor can and should do? In this episode series,…
Pastoral Succession Real Talk - Episode 92
May 8 • 40 min
Tim Celek had only recently closed the door on his 40s, when he—with that visionary knack for forward-thinking—started a conversation with his board about succession planning. Over about a decade, Tim and his team at The Crossing did their research,…
Succession Planning with William Vanderbloemen - Episode 91
May 1 • 26 min
It’s all interim work. The sooner you can get your mind around that one point, the sooner you can be freed up to start thinking about what happens NEXT. In this episode, Tony sits down with William Vanderbloemen for a frank conversation about pastoral…
Church Engagement Report 2019 - Episode 90
Apr 24 • 18 min
What does “engagement” really mean? We recently surveyed 100s of church leaders to find out more about how they are actually defining and measuring engagement In this episode, Tony and Amy shared a few of the findings that jumped out at us—namely, the…
Church Mergers - Episode 89
Apr 17 • 10 min
It’s a dance. One church leads, the other has to follow. The data is telling us more than 40% of all multisite campuses today are the result of a church merger or the acquisition of a church building. How do you ensure a successful outcome?
Multisite Q&A with Jim Tomberlin (Part 2) - Episode 88
Apr 10 • 18 min
Vision-Casting Multisite, Video vs Live Teaching, and 5 Key Factors for Success
Reliable Metrics for Church Health & Growth - Episode 87
Apr 3 • 15 min
If you haven’t been monitoring church health metrics closely, this episode digs into why you should start now. Tony and Amy share how tracking metrics related to the Front/Back Door, Leadership, Engagement & Culture can help you get a more accurate view…
What Church Growth Requires - Episode 86
Mar 27 • 18 min
How do we reach more people? In this episode, Tony and Amy discuss what it really means to think like a missionary in your own community, and how making that mindset shift will cause your team to view all of your church’s strategies in a different light.
Over-Programmed Church - Episode 85
Mar 20 • 16 min
The goal is to equip people to become more like Christ. So why do many churches spend so much time just keeping people busy? How do churches really make disciples? What do you do if your church is over-programmed? Tony and Amy tackle one of the most…
Communication Basics Tripping Churches Up - Episode 84
Mar 13 • 28 min
Jesus said, “Go and tell,” but he didn’t say that had to happen on a Sunday morning platform. Listen to this episode for a fresh perspective on your church’s communication strategies.
Multisite Q&A with Jim Tomberlin (Part 1) - Episode 83
Mar 6 • 17 min
Jim Tomberlin joins Tony on the show to discuss the history of the multisite movement, where it is today, bad reasons churches go multisite, the strategy differences between church planting and launching campuses, and more.
Church Staffing Pain Points (Part 2) - Episode 82
Feb 27 • 12 min
What staffing issues most commonly get churches stuck? Our data points clearly to five. In this episode, we cover the remaining indicators these issues are at play in your staff team (even if you haven’t been able to clearly define them yet) + practical…
Church Staffing Pain Points (Part 1) - Episode 81
Feb 20 • 19 min
What staffing issues most commonly get churches stuck? Our data points clearly to five. In this episode, indicators these issues are at play in your staff team (even if you haven’t been able to clearly define them yet) + practical recommendations for…
Mental Health - Episode 80
Feb 13 • 17 min
Depression. Loneliness. Anxiety. They’re becoming recurring health issues in our culture—even among church leaders. In this episode, Tony and Pastor Chris Hodges from Church of the Highlands discuss some practical facts and responses to mental health…
Blindspots: Is Your Church Protected? - Episode 79
Feb 6 • 21 min
Church leaders are often ignorant of the areas of the law that most pertain to them, both the protections and limitations the law creates. And that can lead to nightmare situations. In this episode, Tony invites attorneys Steven Goodspeed and Dustin…
4 Worst Practices for Connecting with New Guests - Episode 78
Jan 30 • 17 min
They’re just trying to decide whether or not to come back. And we hit ‘em with everything we’ve got. In this episode, Tony and Amy share 4 WORST practices for connecting with new guests that they commonly see when serving churches for The Unstuck Group.
4 Ways Ministries Embrace Mediocrity - Episode 77
Jan 23 • 15 min
In this episode, with a bit of sarcasm, Tony and Amy point to 4 strategies to employ if you want to embrace mediocrity in your ministry. Assuming that’s not actually what you want to do, they also share some practical next steps leaders can take to turn…
How Great Missions Turn Into Routine Jobs - Episode 76
Jan 16 • 29 min
Tony and Amy unpack what Tony meant when he said, “Great missions turn into routine jobs if they aren’t pursued by great teams.” Plus! Key characteristics The Unstuck Group looks for when adding staff members, as well as 3 tips for creating an environment…
Ready or Not for Multisite? (Revisited) - Episode 75
Jan 9 • 19 min
Based on experience working in and with many different multisite churches, Tony Morgan and Amy Anderson discuss indicators a church is NOT ready to go multisite, principles that set a healthy foundation for expansion, and key systems differences between…
Tony’s 2019 Resolutions for Churches - Episode 74
Jan 2 • 15 min
New year, new church? January finds our best intentions. In this episode, Tony Morgan shares 4 New Year’s Resolutions he hopes church leaders will make in 2019, along with one simple mindset shift that churches can adopt to stick with their resolutions…
How to End Mediocre Weekend Services (Revisited) - Episode 73
Dec 19, 2018 • 18 min
Today we’re revisiting content from our most downloaded episode of 2018. Tony and Amy shared the 3 most common issues they see plaguing weekend church services—the things most pastors don’t see that keep the overall experience from giving people a…
Developing More Strong Teachers - Episode 72
Dec 12, 2018 • 23 min
We almost never see a multisite church succeed with live-teaching at each campus—but it works at Community Christian Church. Tony interviews Tammy Melchein about how they’ve become a church that continually develops new, excellent teachers. Not leading…
5 Barriers to Engaging Volunteers - Episode 71
Dec 5, 2018 • 23 min
Every church could use more volunteers. Volunteers are crucial to the life of any church. But the truth is, we never seem to have enough for all of the needs that our church has. In this episode, Tony Morgan and Amy Anderson discuss the 5 Barriers to…
The 4 Things It Takes To Get Unstuck - Episode 70
Nov 28, 2018 • 20 min
Getting your church unstuck is possible. It’s a process that takes time but is effective. Our team is always working on perfecting that process and we have just made it even better. In this episode, Tony and Amy talk through our newly updated 4 Phase…
8 Politically Incorrect Thoughts About the Church - Episode 69
Nov 21, 2018 • 22 min
Our heart is always to help the church. But sometimes that means speaking the hard truths that keep us from getting unstuck. Recently, Tony published an article called 20 NEW Politically Incorrect Thoughts on Church in America. As you can imagine, it…
A Deeper Dive on Church Health Trends - Episode 68
Nov 14, 2018 • 30 min
A few trends jumped out at us from the Q4 2018 edition of The Unstuck Church Report. From increasing vs. decreasing weekly attendance, the relevance of church membership, and whether or not you should fire all of your part-time staffers… In this episode,…
Why Church Architecture Is Critical to Your Ministry Strategy with Mel McGowan - Episode 67 -
Nov 7, 2018 • 25 min
Your architecture is either helping or hindering your ministry. From the design to the people in charge of it all, there are ways to leverage your church building that actually help your church’s mission. Mel McGowan, Co-Founder of PlainJoe Studios and a…
Lance Witt on Balancing Health & Performance on Your Team - Episode 66
Oct 31, 2018 • 20 min
Do you ever feel like you have to choose between creating a healthy team culture and getting results? It doesn’t have to be that way. Lance Witt is the author of Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul. On this episode, Tony Morgan and Lance discuss how to…
4 Signs Your Church Is Inwardly Focused - Episode 65
Oct 24, 2018 • 26 min
Has the way you do church become more important than why you do church? It’s tempting to try to keep the people you already have happy. But the moment you stop focusing on reaching non-believers, you’ve become stuck. In this episode, we identify four…
Why Your Worship Leader Shouldn’t Lead the Creative Team - Episode 64
Oct 17, 2018 • 24 min
Your worship leader is great. That doesn’t mean he or she should lead your Creative Team. Music is obviously creative, but often times your worship leader isn’t equipped or able to lead more than music. In this episode, Tony and Amy talk about who should…
These Are Killing Your Church - Episode 63
Oct 10, 2018 • 23 min
Are events killing your church? Events have the potential to be helpful for people to take their next steps toward Jesus, but it’s rare that they actually work. In this episode, Tony & Amy discuss 6 questions to ask when planning events as well as 5 ways…
2 Common Barriers to Effective Church Leadership - Episode 62
Oct 3, 2018 • 27 min
We’ve found 12 common issues that routinely cause churches to get stuck. In this episode, we cover two important ones that have something in common: leadership. If we’re not structuring our churches in a way that sets leaders up for success then our…
Why Church Communications Is Stuck in 2004 - Episode 61
Sep 26, 2018 • 24 min
What’s one thing we almost never see a church doing well? Content strategy. And that’s just one reason why church communications is stuck in 2004. In this episode, Tony & Amy interview The Unstuck Group’s Communications Director, Tiffany Deluccia, about…
Andy Stanley on Rethinking a Text-Based Faith - Episode 60
Sep 19, 2018 • 18 min
Andy Stanley wants us to rethink how we read the Bible. In this episode, Tony Morgan asks Andy to weigh in on why a “Mix & Match Theology” is so prevalent in our churches, why Jesus’ one command makes our faith generationally transferrable, and how we go…
Stuck Staff Structures - Episode 59
Sep 12, 2018 • 20 min
In this week’s episode, Tony interviews Amy on the most common structure challenges she sees getting churches stuck and some practical ways you can pivot to get healthy. Check out the show notes for more resources on this topic, links from this episode…
Tony Morgan on 20 Years In Ministry - Bonus Episode
Sep 10, 2018 • 14 min
20 years of ministry. Tony Morgan left his job in city management to enter full-time ministry as a pastor at Granger Community Church. In this week’s bonus episode, Tony shares the story of how he got started in ministry, the people who encouraged him,…
Rogue Ministries - Episode 58
Sep 5, 2018 • 20 min
Rogue ministries. We all know the signs. Ministries in our church that are fundraising on the side or creating separate branding. Leaders who think their ministry is more important than the others in the church. What went wrong and how do we fix it? Find…
Become a Church That Gets Stuff Done - Episode 57
Aug 29, 2018 • 25 min
Sunday’s always coming. You’ve heard it said. You may have said it yourself, frustrated with the lack of progress your team makes on the ministry’s plans. But is it just that? Or is it that another meeting’s always coming? Or that key members of the team…
Carey Nieuwhof: The Cynicism Problem & Antidote - Episode 56
Aug 28, 2018 • 25 min
We get into ministry full of hope. But something happens that we don’t see coming: We become cynical leaders. We let ourselves project past failures onto the future. In this bonus episode, Tony Morgan interviews Carey Nieuwhof about leadership setbacks,…
Thom Rainer on How to Become a Welcoming Church - Episode 55
Aug 22, 2018 • 18 min
Friendly, but not welcoming. That’s how Lifeway CEO Thom Rainer describes the situation at a lot of churches. In this episode, Tony and Thom discuss common barriers preventing churches from becoming welcoming, why small churches have a welcoming…
5 Ways to Help the Driver Drive | The Unstuck Church Podcast | Episode 54
Aug 15, 2018 • 15 min
How do you adjust to whoever is leading your team? Do you refuse to change your leadership style or do you lean into what that leader has for you? In this episode, Tony Morgan and Amy Anderson switch places as Tony interviews Amy about what it’s like to…
When the Lead Pastor Sits in the Driver’s Seat | Episode 53
Aug 8, 2018 • 16 min
Do you have a driver in the driver’s seat? In Episode 47, Tony Morgan and Amy Anderson described the 4 types of leaders they often see on church staff teams. This week they take a deeper look into what it means to have someone wired as a “driver” serving…
6 Ways to Solve Your Communication Problems | Episode 52
Aug 1, 2018 • 20 min
Whenever our team at The Unstuck Group is working with a church, they almost always mention their problems with internal communication. Over the years we have found that if you think you’re having a communication issue, it’s probably just masking a…
The Greatest Hits - Episode 51
Jul 25, 2018 • 19 min
50 episodes of The Unstuck Church Podcast, in the books. We’re taking a look back at the 5 most downloaded episodes to date, and Tony and Amy share a few new thoughts on those most popular topics. - 3 Roles a Senior Pastor Can’t Delegate - Episode 16 -…
Put Your Money Where Your Crowd Is | Episode 50
Jul 18, 2018 • 16 min
When planning your annual budget, it can be easy to want to give all of your ministry areas the same amount of funding. However, like Tony points out in this week’s episode, “life isn’t fair.” When planning your budget, you need to strategically plan…
4 Barriers to Engaging Your Volunteers | Episode 49
Jul 11, 2018 • 16 min
The Bible teaches church leaders that they must equip God’s people to do His work. A church that is not properly engaging with it’s volunteers is a church not walking in it’s full God-given calling. In this episode, Tony Morgan and Amy Anderson discuss…
How to Increase Your Leadership Capacity | Episode 48
Jul 5, 2018 • 16 min
While it’s not something we like to admit, at some point we have to face the facts: God did not create everyone to be a leader. And for those of us who are leaders, we are gifted to lead in various capacities. However, God gives us opportunities to grow…
Who’s Missing on Your Leadership Team? | Episode 47
Jun 27, 2018 • 21 min
There’s a common gap. We see it on too many church leadership teams. It results in lack of follow-through, lack of role clarity, and a “Sunday’s always coming” mode of operation. In this episode, Tony and Amy highlight why church leadership should be a…
Trends in Growing and Declining Churches – Part II | Episode 46
Jun 19, 2018 • 16 min
Two weeks ago, Tony and Amy started a conversation on some unexpected findings related to ministry leadership in growing and declining churches from The Unstuck Group’s latest research. As promised, they are back with more to share. While the results may…
5 Ways to Impress Your Church’s First-Time Guests | Episode 45
Jun 13, 2018 • 17 min
In this week’s episode, Tony interviews Amy about the most common “misses” she sees when churches welcome first-time guests. Whether it’s a crowded bulletin or a lengthy message, these issues typically have easy (and inexpensive) solutions.
Trends in Growing & Declining Churches - Episode 44
Jun 6, 2018 • 14 min
Data from 200 churches of all different sizes. What did it show? A few surprising trends related to growth and decline. In this episode, Tony and Amy dig into some fascinating findings from The Unstuck Group’s most recent edition of The Unstuck Church…
Five Common Mistakes When Hiring Campus Pastors - Episode 43
May 30, 2018 • 16 min
Sometimes leading a multisite church can lead to being “multi-stuck”. However, having equipped campus pastors can help prevent this. In this episode, Tony and Amy discuss the five major mistakes that lead pastors can make when hiring a campus…
Core Issues We’re Seeing in Stuck Churches - Episode 42
May 23, 2018 • 26 min
We see them again and again: The same core issues getting churches stuck. But we don’t think it has to be that way. Church leaders who make themselves aware of the pitfalls can avoid them. In this episode—recorded live on Facebook—Tony and Amy discussed…
5 Practices to Multiply Leaders in the Church - Episode 41
May 16, 2018 • 18 min
A Leadership Conversation with Dave Ferguson The research showed it: Only 4% of growing churches are multiplying/reproducing churches. Why is that? All churches have leadership potential sitting in their services but a culture of discipling leaders is…
How to Lead When You’re Not In Charge - Episode 40
May 9, 2018 • 15 min
What if Andy Stanley were your boss? When we sit lower on the org chart than a great leader—or even a not-so-great leader—it’s easy to feel stuck on the sidelines waiting to be given more authority. In this episode, Tony talks with Clay Scroggins, lead…
Show Me the Money - Episode 39
May 2, 2018 • 17 min
No one gets into ministry for the money. But does that mean church leaders should be paid less? In this episode, Tony and Amy share a biblical foundation for paying staff well, how to practically make it possible, and some simple ways to evaluate how much…
The Systems Lid to Growth
Apr 25, 2018 • 15 min
When churches don’t have systems in place, even the smallest decisions rise all the way to the top for senior leadership to decide. And this might work for a while—but not if you want your church to grow. Leaders are problem-solvers, and…
Which Comes First: More Staff or More Growth?
Apr 19, 2018 • 15 min
A lot of the time, the churches we work with aren’t truly stuck—just stalled. Why? They’ve failed to properly staff their critical growth engines. Every growth engine and priority ministry in your church needs a leader and champion—paid or…
Split Your Church in 5 Simple Steps
Apr 11, 2018 • 15 min
No one sets out to pastor a church that splits, but leaders operate in ways that ultimately take their churches there. Can church splits be avoided? In this episode, Tony and Amy discuss five things church leaders do that set the stage for irreconcilable…
Holding Onto How We Do Church
Apr 4, 2018 • 15 min
We all have this tendency—to hang on tightly to current methods and hope for different results. In churches, it can happen just as often in “contemporary” circles as “traditional.” What indicates that how you do church has become a sacred cow? In this…
How to Decide It’s Time to Fire
Mar 28, 2018 • 16 min
It’s ultimately a matter of stewardship—but churches rarely fire people. Even Tony’s young son asked the question one time: Why is that? In this episode, Tony and Amy discuss some basic principles every pastor needs to understand, and why performance and…
Breaking Barriers: Reaching 2,000 & Beyond (Part 2)
Mar 21, 2018 • 34 min
Growth barriers. Every church hits them. How do you respond when what was working no longer is? In a recent webinar, Tony Morgan hosted a conversation with leaders from several very large churches about breaking barriers. In the second part of this…
Breaking Barriers: Reaching 2,000 & Beyond (Part 1)
Mar 14, 2018 • 25 min
Growth barriers. Every church hits them. How do you respond when what was working no longer is? In a recent webinar, Tony Morgan hosted a conversation about breaking barriers with leaders from several very large churches. In this first part, you’ll learn…
7 Frustrating Symptoms of Doing Ministry Without a Strategy
Mar 7, 2018 • 16 min
Church splits. Ministry silos. Lack of giving. Doing ministry without a strategy can create serious pain. In this episode, Tony and Amy share why not having a plan is the same as having a plan to do nothing, and they highlight some of the most common—and…
Leaders See Stuckness First
Feb 26, 2018 • 15 min
You sense it—even when others don’t. True leaders have a gift from God to see what the congregation and even lay leaders haven’t seen yet. In this episode, Tony and Amy talk about the gift and responsibility pastors have to lead change for the health of…
Your Church Has Broken Systems
Feb 19, 2018 • 18 min
Every church has them—ineffective systems. Why? Partly because systems must constantly be evaluated and edited for results. In this episode, Tony and Amy share how to differentiate a systems problem from a people problem, the most common clogged systems…
How to End Mediocre Weekend Experiences
Feb 12, 2018 • 18 min
Unstuck churches never stop looking to improve their weekend experiences. Tony and Amy discuss why it’s important to consistently provide compelling and memorable services every single week.
You Don’t See What You Don’t See
Feb 5, 2018 • 18 min
Greater impact sometimes requires an outside perspective. Tony and Amy share why so many churches get comfortable with the familiar and how it keeps them from making the necessary changes for growth.
7 Trends To Keep An Eye On
Jan 29, 2018 • 15 min
Based on our recent data, there is plenty of room for optimism for today’s church! Attendance and baptisms are increasing and many churches are expanding to multiple services and locations. Although these are all positive indicators, there are still some…
The Discipleship “Funnel of Doom”
Jan 14, 2018 • 15 min
Teaching is just one way to help people take their next steps toward Christ. But churches have a tendency to get stuck in a cycle of teach-promote-teach-promote: Each next step we invite people to take is another teaching environment. In this episode,…
Church Structure: Optimizing For Growth
Jan 8, 2018 • 16 min
Our mission is simple—What church doesn’t want to grow by helping more people meet Jesus? But structuring a team for growth doesn’t necessarily come naturally to most church leaders. In this episode, Tony and Amy share 3 key areas you need to optimize to…
Pruning! 3 Ministry Areas to Tackle
Dec 27, 2017 • 16 min
It’s nobody’s favorite activity. But unfocused churches have competing events, programs and ministries that pull them in all different directions. Tony and Amy discuss three areas that both healthy and unhealthy churches need to prune.
Bad Meetings
Dec 18, 2017 • 20 min
Meeting dread—It’s real. Tony and Amy share principles for meetings that work (aka: meetings that don’t waste time and money), and a quick formula to self-assess your organization’s meeting track record.
4 Shifts to Revitalize a Church
Dec 11, 2017 • 17 min
Plateaued. Declining. Stuck. Church revitalization isn’t easy. In this episode, Tony and Amy share four shifts your church can make now to lead it towards growth and health in the future.
Should You Un-Multisite?
Dec 4, 2017 • 12 min
We’re seeing a new trend: Churches that were one church in multiple locations are shifting to multiple churches in multiple locations. Is multisite still a great way to grow? Tony and Amy discuss this un-multisiting trend.
Christmas Is the New Easter?
Nov 24, 2017 • 16 min
Our culture still embraces Christmas. Churches decorate, plan and hold extra services. But are we really connecting with the people who only come to church during the most wonderful time of the year? Tony and Amy review “the wins” every church can…
Marriott and Church Makeovers
Nov 20, 2017 • 14 min
It’s a simple fact: Before people become Christ followers, they are consumers. Do our sacred spaces create a barrier to sharing the gospel? Tony and Amy discuss what churches could learn from Marriott about serving people through your church facilities.
Pastor Math 101
Nov 13, 2017 • 16 min
We get it, numbers represent people. Every church focuses on attendance and giving, this episode shares one number that you can’t afford to overlook.
3 Roles a Senior Pastor Can’t Delegate
Nov 6, 2017 • 12 min
In the weeds. That’s where many senior pastors live. It’s not usually a pride issue — more a question of role clarity. Tony and Amy discuss the three roles only the senior pastor can do for a church, and why you should give yourself permission to delegate…
Are You Developing Leaders?
Oct 23, 2017 • 25 min
Helping People Take Next Steps Toward Christ
Is Your Church Building The City?
Sep 11, 2017 • 29 min
Loving and Serving Your Community
Is Your Multisite Strategy Working?
Aug 14, 2017 • 21 min
Clarifying and Refining Your Multisite Strategy
Church Staff Teams Don’t Follow-Through (Part 1)
Jul 10, 2017 • 19 min
Is Your Team Confusing Conversation With Action?
Church Staff Teams Don’t Follow-Through (Part 2)
Jun 12, 2017 • 21 min
How To Start Taking Action On Your Plans
Staff vs Congregational Leadership
May 22, 2017 • 23 min
Is Your Structure Limiting Healthy Growth?
7 Phases in the Life of a Church
May 16, 2017 • 23 min
Churches Grow, Thrive, Decline & Die - But Why?
Do You Lead with a Scarcity Mentality?
Apr 17, 2017 • 16 min
Holding Volunteers Too Tightly Can Stunt the Right Kind of Growth
Is That Church Built on a Big Personality or Jesus?
Mar 20, 2017 • 17 min
Healthy Boundaries For Our Gifts And Personalities
Why Staff Health Is A Blind Spot for Most Lead Pastors
Feb 13, 2017 • 28 min
Do I Really Have A Healthy Team?
How To Fix Your Church’s Planning Problems
Jan 23, 2017 • 27 min
Mistakes Leaders Make When Planning
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Practical Next Steps For Reducing Complexity
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Practical Next Steps For Improving The Creative Process
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Practical Next Steps for Church Leaders in Seasons of Change
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Practical Next Steps to Help Churches Determine Their Primary Customer