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Now displaying: January, 2020
Jan 29, 2020

Team dysfunction. You feel it when you're in it, but can you see it coming? Can you be intentional about the culture you're building so the team stays focused on both relationships and results?

Churches can be clear on mission, vision and how they believe God has called them to operate, and yet... Something can still be broken.

That brokenness often falls into one of two extremes: Either the team is high-performing, but there's interpersonal and leadership dysfunction. Or, the team is relationally healthy, but there's a significant execution gap.

Even in between those extremes, many churches would still say they don’t feel like they’re winning in both areas.

In this episode, Lance Witt joins Tony and Amy to unpack the foundational aspects of intentionally building a high impact team and why it matters so much. 

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/episode130.

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Jan 22, 2020

Taboo. When personal evangelism seems taboo, it's no surprise that invitations to new guests have decreased in many churches.

In 2019 research, Barna Group found that nearly half of practicing Christian millennials felt it is wrong to share their faith.

But what if there were a way to train and equip people to have a better understanding of why and how to talk about church?

In this episode, Tony talks with Michael Lukaszewski, founder of Church Fuel, for a conversation on how to put a spotlight on invitation in your church—including practical ways to get started.

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/episode129.

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Jan 15, 2020

What if all of your ministry planning was aimed at the wrong objectives? 

It’s important to regularly check in on your church’s movement in the typical life cycle so you can develop ministry plans that help you continue up the slope towards sustained health—

or reverse the decline that has already begun.

In this last episode of our ministry planning series, Tony and Amy review the typical life cycle of a church, some characteristics of each phase, and how this knowledge can blow up assumptions and help you make ministry plans that actually lead towards ministry health and growth.

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/episode128.

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Jan 8, 2020

Repetition—It's the key to building strong muscles. It takes repetition to see stronger results. That's because it's the key to getting better at execution, too.

Good planning helps us make the right investment in the right ministry at the right time.

And organizational planning tends to be a new muscle for church leaders to develop. That is, the staff, the pastor and the senior leadership team have to embrace some new disciplines in order to become better stewards of the resources God has given them. 

This is why we encourage pastors and leaders all the time to actually set up a rhythm for planning. 

In this episode, Tony and Amy share an effective ministry planning rhythm we see WORKING in hundreds of churches across the country.

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/episode127.

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Jan 1, 2020

Possibilities. With the turning of the calendar, there’s often a renewed sense of hope and a dream of what could be.

We all tend to believe this is the year things will be different. Too often, though, leaders hold onto this hope without a plan to achieve it.

In this episode, Tony and Amy explain why hope is not a strategy for your church and explore some practical ways that you can create a plan for greater ministry impact. 

- Why Christians should be the best planners in the world based on what we see in Scripture, and why the old debate of "planning" vs. "relying on the Holy Spirit" is a false dichotomy, and really, just bad theology

- 4 questions you need to answer in any effective planning process, and why we bring in an outside facilitator to help our team plan

- The "sweet spot" number of people to involve in your planning team, plus why the larger a church grows the smaller its planning teams tend to be

- What happens when you involve too many people in planning for the future (Hint: The extroverts get more extroverted, and the introverts get more introverted.)

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/episode126.

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