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Sep 16, 2020

We’re hearing uncertainty on the lips of church leaders at organizations of all sizes. They’re asking this question:

“Am I the right leader for our church going forward?”

In most cases, yes, you are. God gave you the role you have for a time like this.

But that questioning you feel might be a sign you need someone walking beside you.

Every good player has a coach. Even the best of the best have a trusted advisor who can pull back the curtain, encourage them, say the hard things and ultimately make them better.

Too often ministry leaders find themselves without that kind of support in their corner.

In this episode, Tony and Amy discuss why coaching is vital to helping you be the best leader you can be, and how it will help you lead a healthier church into the future.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode160.

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Sep 9, 2020

It's the catchphrase of stuck organizations... "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

But healthy, thriving churches and organizations tend to initiate changes before they need to.

And the leaders in those organizations are willing to step out in front and lead significant shifts other people may not be feeling the need to make.

Almost every organization has had to pivot in some way in recent months. From shifting to more digital/less analog, to redeploying team members with new measures for success, significant change has affected nearly all of us.

So what should we learn from those changes that will make us better in the future?

In this episode, Tony and Amy discuss the organizational pivots pastors are asking about, pivots they have been leading at The Unstuck Group, and insights from what we’ve learned along the way.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode159.

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Sep 2, 2020

The last stop before it ends.

If you wait until this phase to lead changes, the changes feel huge. You almost have to become a completely different church if you hope to ever return to sustained health as a ministry.

From our research with 15,000+ churches, more than 85% self-identified as being on the declining side of the typical church life cycle before this crisis began.

And more discouraging—17% landed in “life support,” the last stop before a church closes its doors permanently.

Those churches are most susceptible to closing during normal circumstances, but in situations like we're experiencing now? Things go bad even faster. 

In Part 3 of this conversation, Tony and Amy explore Life Support phase, sharing some of the warning signs to watch for and three options churches have when they find themselves here.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode158.

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Aug 26, 2020

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

Churches in this phase put very little focus on reaching new people for Jesus, and there’s a strong desire to “return to the good old days.” 

Decision-making gets bogged down in multiple committees and divisive church boards, making it almost impossible to implement ministry changes.

Financial decline leads to protecting turf, rather than investing in ministry initiatives to grow the church’s Kingdom impact.

Leaders tend to dwell on the problems, blaming those problems on things that are beyond their control (like a global pandemic, for example) rather than investing time and energy into solutions.

Any of that sound familiar?

In Part 2 of this conversation, Tony and Amy explore Preservation phase, and sharing some specific changes churches need to make—and that pastors need to personally lead—if they find themselves here during this season.

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Aug 19, 2020

Google “Covid Accelerating Change.” It’s happening everywhere—it’s rapidly changing the workplace, our habits, digitization, how we connect and much more.

Over the past few years, the Church has experienced a significant amount of change. And, like the rest of the world, the pandemic is accelerating these changes—falling in-person attendance, the use of online, fewer new people connecting, and more.

In this episode, Tony and Amy dive into pre- and post-pandemic data, the characteristics of maintenance phase and why these accelerating trends are a way to discern God’s direction for your ministry NOW.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode156.

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Aug 12, 2020

Following the leader. A merger is always more successful when each church is clear on who leads and who follows.

But for the church in the following role, deciding to merge with another ministry raises difficult questions related to governance, what happens to staff leaders and specific ministries, who has decision rights, and more.

In this episode, Tony wraps up a two-part series by interviewing Warren Bird, co-author of the book Better-Together: Making Church Mergers Work, to discuss how your church can successfully take the following church role in a healthy merger process—and see greater kingdom impact.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode155.

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Aug 5, 2020

Better together? Over the past decade, we've seen a trend in churches merging together for many different reasons... and it seems likely that this trend will only increase in a post-pandemic world.

On the positive side—healthy, mission-focused churches are benefitting:

  • Multisite: Ten years ago 30% of multisite campuses came by way of a merger; today it’s more than 40%.
  • Church Planting: In a recent survey we discovered that 20% of church planters found a permanent facility through a merger.
  • Pastor Succession:We are also seeing mergers as a pastor-succession and a pastor-search strategy.
  • Denominations and Networks: They're proactively encouraging church mergers as a growth strategy for their healthy churches and as a revitalization strategy for their struggling churches.
  • Racial Diversity: A small but growing number of church leaders are seeing mergers as a way of becoming more racially diverse.

In this episode, Tony Morgan interviews Jim Tomberlin, co-author of the book Better-Together: Making Church Mergers Work, for the beginning of a two part conversation on the emerging trend of healthy, mission-driven church mergers as an alternative to the old, failure-prone mergers of two declining churches. 

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode154.

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Jul 29, 2020

Paralyzed. Tired. Depressed. Sad. Questioning leadership capacity. Just some of the ways pastors are describing their state of mind right now.

If you're leading in a local church in 2020, you're not only helping others navigate change—you’re also processing it yourself. 

But some pastors are also telling us they feel re-energized by the opportunity to do things they didn’t have permission to do before.

In this episode, Tony and Amy explore “The Change Cycle” we all go through, and then share some tips on how to lead yourself and others well in a rapidly changing world.

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Jul 22, 2020

The hard truth for outward-focused churches?

New people are probably not going to come to our physical locations to try out church—not for a long time.

In the last few months, the majority of churches shifted to holding services online, and recently, a lot of energy shifted to re-opening in-person services. But even if we take all the precautions and follow the federal and local guidelines... it's going to be a big challenge to get new people to check out our churches in-person going forward.

So, how will churches reach new people in a digital world? 

In this episode, Tony and Amy share a simple way to rethink your digital strategy so that it includes a focus on reaching NEW people.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode152.

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Jul 15, 2020

How do we DO this? That's the question we're hearing.

The shift from analog to digital ministry is one of the biggest ministry strategy shifts churches are having to make right now. 

We reported in our special edition of the Q2 2020 Unstuck Church Report, that 70% of larger churches told us they thinking about how their staffing structure may need to shift permanently to prepare for the new normal.

But when we talk to pastors personally, you’re all asking us the same thing: How do we do this?

And the hard part is, there aren’t really many examples out there. So as we’ve been helping churches process how to move forward, we’ve come back to a tried-and-true approach to evaluating and implementing any key ministry strategy shift.

In this episode, Tony and Amy walk you through 6 steps (and the right sequence of those steps!) to effectively lead your ministry through any major strategy shift, and particularly, from analog to digital.

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Jul 8, 2020

Annual reviews. Grading on a fuzzy 10-point scale. Infrequent 1-on-1 meetings... we've all be on the receiving end of an ineffective performance management system.

Is there a better way? Does performance management even belong on church staff teams?

Pastors frequently tell us they weren't taught the skills to lead an organization in seminary. When teams are small, it’s easy to lead the staff and keep everyone on the same page. But as a team gets larger, pastors do need new tools to keep the team aligned, productive and growing in their skills and abilities.

In Part 2 of this series on staff leadership issues, Tony and Amy discuss the best system and practices we've seen in churches that effectively manage performance and execute at a high level—and spoiler alert! It's actually very simple.

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Jul 1, 2020

Frustration, silos, turf wars and inaction... There might just be a fuzzy decison-making process in your organization. The good news? These are all solvable problems with clear decision rights.

In moments of crisis, it's wholly appropriate for the leader to make more decisions. But now it's time to start shifting to a more collaborative approach to leadership—or you're going to limit the impact that your organization can have in the months and the years going forward.

In Part 1 of a two-part series on staff leadership issues, Tony and Amy discuss this issue of “who gets to make what decisions,” which we find is a challenge with almost every church we coach.

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Jun 26, 2020

We're back from our brief podcast hiatus! And we've got lots of NEW data and stories to share.

We recently partnered with Blackbaud for a special edition of our quarterly research report, The Unstuck Church Report. More than 550 churches shared with us how they're continuing to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

There was some good news:

  • Churches seem to be finding themselves in a better financial position than they previously anticipated.
  • Online engagement remains strong compared to pre-pandemic in-person attendance.
  • And, though most churches have not re-opened for in person services, many are planning on reopening their buildings for weekend services soon.

But there were also a number of things we found alarming, particularly as we consider the long-term ramifications of what we're experiencing right now.

In this episode, Tony and Amy discuss the findings of the survey—along with anecdotal findings from our work helping 50+ churches navigate ministry strategy in the last couple of months—and we share our take on what all of it is telling us about what's coming and how we should be preparing.

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May 27, 2020

Alignment within your church won't happen on accident.

You have to maintain it on an ongoing basis, but if your alignment doesn't lead to clearer ministry priorities and more focused action from your team, it's unlikely you'll see the results you're praying for. 
 
In this final and third episode in our Strategic Alignment Pyramid series, Tony and Amy dive into the Action level of the pyramid with a conversation about how organizational goals align to ministry and individual priorities for healthy, strategic action.

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May 20, 2020

Busy—Everyone’s working hard, but the work isn’t organized. It’s not focused. And honestly—the church isn’t seeing the results you are hoping to see.

Sound familiar? Common symptoms of unclear vision, goals and strategies.

In Part 2 of our series about the Strategic Alignment Pyramid, we examine how it’s possible for your church to do the work of God without doing the work God called you to do—and how to clarify the Directional levels of the pyramid that must be revisited and changed as seasons change.

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May 13, 2020

Times of crisis shine a spotlight on issues like lack of vision clarity and team misalignment.

If you sense the future for your church feels unclear and that your team is not pulling in the same direction, you’re not alone.

In this episode, we kick off a series about a tool—the Strategic Alignment Pyramid—that can help you learn how to reinvent your ministry methods in a way that will unify your entire team around a clear mission and the right priorities.

In Part 1, Tony and Amy discuss the things that stay the same even in times of rapid change—the foundational layers. They need to be defined, but they don’t ever really change. 

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May 6, 2020

Overwhelming and confusing—the words pastors have been using when they talk to us about measuring online engagement.

It feels like everyone has been talking about what to measure for the last few weeks, and somehow, it's not getting clearer.

Here's our take: Churches should give the most attention to tracking things that help them make decisions and lead to wins with the bigger picture ministry goals.

Not sure how to do that?

In this episode, Tony and Amy interview Tiffany Deluccia, The Unstuck Group’s director of sales and marketing, to shed some light on how to reframe—and simplify—the wins for measuring engagement.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode144.

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Apr 29, 2020

There’s a lot of change happening in our world right now, and likely a lot more to come.

As leaders, we have to be ready to change our ministry strategy, while holding true to our responsibilities as leaders.

In this episode, Tony Morgan and Amy Anderson are diving into the 4 roles a senior pastor can't delegate (ever), and why you need to bring them back into focus TODAY, given what our churches have experienced during recent weeks. 

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Apr 22, 2020

What can you do TODAY? 

Many pastors are asking us, “When do you think we’ll be able to reopen our churches?” But that’s the wrong question. The question we need to be asking is, “How must the church change for a new normal?”

It will be too easy to go back to doing church the way we’ve always done church when we're safe to gather again. But if we do, we will have missed the opportunity of capitalizing on what God’s teaching us during this interruption. And—this present crisis is accelerating trends related to attendance, giving and engagement we saw emerging before it started. 

In this episode, Tony and Amy share seven shifts we think pastors will need to begin leading now for their churches to thrive in the future.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode142.

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Apr 15, 2020

Response-Mode. That's where churches have been for the last several weeks.

We surveyed more than 500 churches—ranging from under 100 in attendance to more than 20,000—between April 2 and 6. Generally, the data shows that larger churches were better prepared for this crisis than smaller churches. That’s probably not a surprise.

However, it’s encouraging to see how quickly churches of all sizes have responded. Based on the survey, it looks like the vast majority of churches have settled into a new way of doing church.

In this episode, Tony and Amy share some of the data from our survey, as well as their insights into what it's telling us about how we prepare for the future. 

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Apr 8, 2020

Money. If it was a challenging topic for church leaders before, it feels all-out tricky right now.

The coronavirus crisis quickly brought many financial challenges to churches, and talking about and managing money has gotten increasingly difficult.

In this episode, Tony and Amy host a conversation with Rick Holliday from North Point Ministries (Alpharetta, GA), David Vaughan from Whitewater Crossing Church (Cleves, OH) and Scott Moore from Eastridge Church (Covington, GA)—three church leaders who are navigating this crisis in their local churches.

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Apr 1, 2020

First ever. How often do we get the chance to do something in a way it's never been done before?

There's no doubt this Easter season will be the first time in our history so many churches will gather online for their celebrations. We have a great opportunity to share the message of Jesus, but is there a risk to relying on the ways we've always done Easter in a moment when nothing is as usual?

In this episode, Tony and Amy, share a conversation on how we need to reimagine Easter in our communication, planning and programming.

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Mar 25, 2020

You've managed your initial response to the coronavirus crisis. You've canceled church services, moved online, deployed virtual small groups, started working remotely, ramped up communication via email and social media... You're figuring out how to manage the day-to-day.

The crisis is still escalating. "Back to normal" is just a wish. Easter is a few weeks away.

Have you caught your breath yet? We haven't. 

But still...

Leaders can't help but look for opportunities in the midst of trials. We sense God's doing something incredible that we're only beginning to see. We believe the Church will shine in this season, and will emerge healthier and stronger.

So if you're a leader already toying with what your church's next steps should be, even if it's too early to start taking them—Dream with us.

In this episode, Tony and Amy dig into opportunities we see for churches for immediate, near-term and longer-term change. 

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Mar 18, 2020

Will you redeem the time? While events around the world have brought on growing fear and anxiety, the Church stands on the edge of an incredible opportunity to bring hope.

If your church won’t be holding weekend services or other large gatherings in the coming weeks, your team actually may have more time on their hand than ever before.

How will you redeem the time for good?

In this episode, Tony and Amy are exploring how pastors respond effectively in crisis to both communicate hope AND identify opportunities to do things you've ever before had the opportunity to do.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode137.

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Mar 13, 2020

Needless to say, a lot has changed in our world in the last 48 hours.

While the world around us pauses and isolates to try to combat the spread of the coronavirus, I believe the opportunity has never been greater for the church to shine. And because of that, I think you and your church are uniquely positioned to impact your community. 

Even though worship gatherings will likely pause at your church, the time has never been more appropriate for you and your ministry team to be the church

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