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Nov 11, 2020

The demands and expectations for leading ministry seem to be surging. 

We're all changing how we do ministry, serve people in our communities, and care for the sick. 

The workload has grown exponentially, and none of us can do it all. You, and the people on your team, are only human.

In last week's episode, we talked about how pastors can stay emotionally healthy as they are under greater pressure and being criticized more than ever. The order of these two episodes matter—you need to listen to Episode 167 first.

In this second part, we're talking about how what your team needs from you as their leader has changed, and how pastors can help their teams stay healthy in a turbulent season.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download a copy of The Unstuck Church Report, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode168.

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Nov 4, 2020

You're under greater pressure than ever… and being criticized more than ever… how do pastors stay emotionally healthy right now?

Pastors are telling us they feel like they just can't make a right call. It doesn't matter which decision they're making—they've got people criticizing them from every angle. 

It’s been an exhausting year, and it’s likely you’re running on reserves. We hope this episode helps you take a deep breath.

Amy Anderson interviews Lance Witt on some shifts in your mindset and some practical adjustments in your schedule and habits that will help you take the reins again on the care of your own soul and become the healthy leader God wants you to be. 

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download a copy of The Unstuck Church Report, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode167.

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Oct 28, 2020

What if we had to rethink the importance of getting new people to a building or a program... for the long haul?

As part of a recent Unstuck Masterclass, Tony had the opportunity to interview Nona Jones and Jeff Brodie on the shift that's happening from engaging new people with in-person services to engaging them online.

Nona serves as the head of Facebook's faith-based partnerships, and Jeff is the lead pastor at Connexus Church in Barrie, Ontario. 

Nona summed up the situation we all found ourselves in back in the spring... and if we're honest... the pull most churches are feeling strongly right now:

"Somewhere along the line of the history of the Church, we've come to define church as a place you go or a program you watch, and because of that, people have been slow to adapt to anything other than strategies that get people to a building. When you think about how social technology has been used thus far, it has predominantly been for marketing to get people to the building."

Nona and Jeff each brought their unique perspectives as innovative leaders in local churches on how we can shift to engage and reach people in a digital culture.

So in this episode, we're sharing portions of Tony's interviews with each of them that we think will give you some practical handles for doing so at your church as well.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download a copy of The Unstuck Church Report, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode166.

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Oct 21, 2020

Approximately 1 staff person for every 18 people showing up for in-person church attendance...

Approximately 1 staff person in dedicated roles responsible for digital ministry strategy for every 1,273 online viewers...

We found some interesting—and some alarming—data points in our most recent survey on the state of digital ministry strategy. In collaboration with Blackbaud, we completed another survey in late September, and more than 260 churches participated with good representation across the church size spectrum. 

The questions focused on how churches are adapting to digital ministry strategies, particularly in the areas of weekend services, online viewing patterns, staffing, outreach, etc.

We found some significant differences from the trends churches were reporting back in the early part of the year.

In this episode, Tony and Amy dig into what the data is showing us about where churches stand today in regards to their digital strategies, how they reach new people, and how they staff and structure for ministry.

For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download a copy of The Unstuck Church Report, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode165.

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Oct 14, 2020

 

We need to acknowledge it: An in-person Christmas experience may not be a draw this year.

Most people who are not connected with a church will probably not want to go to an in-person experience, wearing masks, socially distanced in an unfamiliar place, surrounded by an unfamiliar crowd of people.

 

The opportunity we have this year is to equip our attendees to bring church to their families instead of bringing their families to church.

Christmas has always been the holiday when people are a little more open to faith and open to church. What could we create online that would reach people outside the faith? If you don’t start with this question, you’ll default to doing what churches have always done, which is to put the team’s best energy into designing an in-person experience and using the leftover energy to figure out how to put that experience on-line.

In this episode, Tony and Amy are joined by Sean Bublitz to help you figure out where to start and what to consider.

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/episode164.

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Oct 7, 2020

"Are there any examples we can follow??"

That's the question we keep getting from pastors. You're realizing you need a digital strategy. You're getting lots of inspiration. But you'd really like to see what this looks like in practice.

So in this episode, Tony and Amy share best practices and stories from real churches around the country who are implementing a digital engagement strategy effectively.

You'll find some practical things you can implement right away, as well as clarity around the longer-term picture of where your church needs to make pivots.

Before you listen, note that this is Part 3 of this series on The New Front Door, so if you haven't yet, go back and listen to the first part (Episode 161) on the three strategies churches need for connecting new people to faith and church, and the second part (Episode 162) on how churches build a digital engagement strategy.

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/episode163.

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Sep 30, 2020

Having a digital strategy isn’t the win.

Helping become disciples of Jesus—and then disciple makers—is the win. But the need for a digital strategy to help you do that isn’t going away anytime soon.

The good news is that if you do the hard work of clarifying the big and small next steps for each part of the faith journey continuum, it gets easier to design strategies that work and monitor ministry health.

In this episode, Tony and Amy share a practical framework—and real-world examples—for helping people take steps digitally in their faith journey.

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/episode162.

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Sep 23, 2020

What is the FRONT DOOR of the church now?

The COVID-19 pandemic moved churches online—but that shift wasn’t really our choice. And what has been revealed through all of this is a huge gap that churches have around their ministry strategies to reach people who are outside the faith and outside the church.

While some churches are already returning to pre-pandemic attendance levels, most mid-size and larger churches are realizing that’s still many months away.

And reaching new people?

How do you reach new guests when most people are staying home most of the time?

The need for a digital strategy isn’t going away anytime soon.

In this episode, Tony and Amy share three critical strategies churches need to engage to open up the new front door of their 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/episode161.

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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.

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/episode157.

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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.

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/episode153.

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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.

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/episode151.

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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.

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/episode150.

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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.

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/episode149.

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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.

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/episode148.

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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. 

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/episode145.

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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.

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