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Jan 8, 2018

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 structure your church for growth. 

Dec 27, 2017

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.

Dec 18, 2017

Meeting dread—It's real. Tony and Amy share principles for meetings that work (aka: meetings that don't waste time and money and actually help create positive action), and a quick formula to self-assess your organization's meeting track record.

Dec 11, 2017

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.

Dec 4, 2017

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.

Nov 24, 2017

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 experience during the Christmas season.

Nov 20, 2017

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.

Nov 13, 2017

Did you earn an A in Pastor Math Class? Ok, so that's not be a real seminary course, but every pastor we meet knows the material. Whether you lean towards measuring everything, or eschewing numbers in favor of stories, there is one number you simply cannot ignore -- and it's probably not what you think.

Nov 6, 2017

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 everything else.

Oct 23, 2017

Many churches have figured out how to gather a crowd of people for worship on Sunday but helping them take next steps toward Christ is a whole different challenge. This episode helps you understand the “why” behind leadership development.


Sep 11, 2017

God's vision is bigger than just your church. This episode will challenge you to build a relationship with your city by loving and serving your community.

Aug 14, 2017

What words would you use to describe your current multisite strategy? Healthy? Replicable? Growing? Effective? Or is it Confusing? Unsustainable? Stagnant?

Are you looking to launch or expand your multisite strategy? Check out this episode to learn more. 

Jul 10, 2017

Does your team spend more time talking about ideas than doing them? Instead of chasing rabbits, maybe it's time to start doing what you say you are going to do.

This episode addresses why many church teams struggle with follow-through and provides tools and next steps for making ideas happen.

Jun 12, 2017

Is your church all talk and no action? Most teams don't experience a lack of inspiring meetings. Perhaps it's time to buckle down and start following through on your plans. 

This episode looks at some of the challenges churches face when executing plans and provides practical next steps for making decisions and taking action.

May 22, 2017

Does choosing a new shade of paint for the lobby require approvals from three different committees at your church? Maybe it's time to start asking if your current structure is the best way to make decisions.

This episode addresses challenges that both staff-led and congregation-led churches face and provides clear roles for effective lay leadership boards.

May 16, 2017

Is your church growing? Healthy? Diminishing? There are 7 stages in a typical church's life cycle that range from the hopeful, optimistic days of launch, to the stagnating last stages of life support.

This episode unpacks each phase of the church lifecycle, and offers specific and strategic next steps you can take to find your way to sustained health . . . and finally become unstuck.


Apr 17, 2017

What if our volunteers find somewhere better to serve? Are we offering them enough opportunities? Why does it seem like they are just not interested anymore? A scarcity mentality can get your church stuck.

Everyone is competing for people's time. Instead of only focusing on how volunteers can fill spots in your church, what would happen if you empowered them to impact the world with their gifts and abilities everyday?


Mar 20, 2017

Magnetic. Inspiring. Charismatic. Visionary. God-given personality gifts or problems waiting to happen? 

Big personalities are attractive, and bad things happen when a church is built more on the big personality of the pastor than Jesus. But actually... that's true of any personality type.

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When Big Personalities Lead Big Churches

Feb 13, 2017

Toxic? Empowering? Fear-Driven? Collaborative? The team culture you have is the one you built. But that doesn't mean your impression of it is accurate. What if you're the last to know your church staff culture is not what you thought?

In Season 1, Episode 6 of The Leadership Unstuck Podcast, Tony, Ryan and Amy talk about span of care, healthy pace of life in ministry and other practical steps to grow a healthy team... because most lead pastors aren't thinking about staff health.

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7 Questions that Measure Team Culture

Measuring the Health of Your Senior Leadership Team

Take Time Off: 4 Guidelines for Establishing Healthy Pace of Life for Staff

7 Warning Signs Your Church Has Ministry Silos

5 Dysfunctions of a Team Resources


Jan 23, 2017

Church + effective planning? The two words aren't often found together. Are you making these mistakes in your planning process?

In Season 1, Episode 5 of Tony Morgan's Leadership Unstuck Podcast, Tony talks to Shayne O'Brien, Lead Pastor of RockPointe Church in Leander, Texas about how to avoid some of the mistakes churches make in their planning process.

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The 4 Phase Planning Process for Church Leaders

How to Stick to Your Strategic Plan

Why the Key to Flexibility In Leadership Is Planning 

Developing a Theology of Planning

Dec 6, 2016

They're bloated. Over-programmed. Hard to navigate. Why do churches become so complex over time?

In Season 1, Episode 4 of Tony Morgan's Leadership Unstuck Podcast, Tony talks to Joe Dobbins, Lead Pastor of Twin Rivers Worship Center in St. Louis, MO about why churches tend to become so complex over time and how to de-program and reduce complexity.

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Staff Meetings Unstuck: Reducing Complexity with a Discipleship Path

Holiday Food Personality Quiz

Complexity: Why Do Churches Become Over Programmed?

Complexity: What Ministry Programs Do We Stop?

Complexity: Streamlining the Ministry Event Calendar

Complexity: How to Bury a Ministry Program

5 Common Myths Program Driven Churches Believe About Effectiveness 








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Oct 24, 2016

Predictable church services create sleepy, unengaged attendees.

In Season 1, Episode 3 of Tony Morgan's Leadership Unstuck Podcast, Tony talks to Gabe Kolstad, Lead Pastor of Westside Community Church in Beaverton, Oregon about the creative process and how to make church services less predictable.

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Predictable: It Feels Like I Am Attending the Same Worship Service Every Sunday

Predictable: 9 Reasons Your Church Services Are Stuck in a Rut

Predictable: 4 Biases to Promote Creativity and Make Services More Engaging

10 Keys to Leading Creative People

Why Creativity Matters in the Church

Top 2 Creativity Crushers



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Sep 13, 2016

Tradition is powerful. How do you lead a church in a new direction when the motivation for change is low (or nonexistent)?

In Season 1, Episode 2 of Tony Morgan's Leadership Unstuck Podcast, Tony talks to Jerry Sweat, Lead Pastor of Beach Church in Jacksonville, Florida about what it takes to lead change. 

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Leading Change: The Cycle to Expect

Do You Have What It Takes To Lead Change?

Sacred Cow Tipping

Where Your Sacred Cows Come From: Sacred Cow Tipping (Part 2)

Why a Leader Often Needs to Be Mean

4 Ways to Navigate Change in Ministry

Beach Church Website  



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Sep 12, 2016

Trying to reach everyone? That strategy rarely reaches anyone effectively.

In Season 1, Episode 1 of Tony Morgan’s Leadership Unstuck Podcast, Tony talks to Ty Bean, Senior Pastor of Cowboy Junction Church in Hobbs, New Mexico about why churches should pinpoint the exact kind of person they are trying to reach. 

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4 Reasons Why Churches Become Insider-Focused

Churches Do Not Want To Reach New Customers

Do You Know Your Customer?: 5 Felt Needs for Reaching Professionals Outside the Faith

Who Is Your customer?

Why People Like Starbucks More Than Your Church

6 Ways We Ignore Unchurched Guests on Easter 

10 Symptoms of an Inwardly-Focused Church 


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