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7 Early Warning Signs That Your Church Has A “Front Door” Problem

by Rich Birch: How do you know if you aren’t attracting enough people to your church? If your church has plateaued or is in decline, is the problem that you’re not attracting enough visitors or that you aren’t keeping those who are already attending? What signs will lead you to […]

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6 Ways to Increase Engagement in Your Church’s Weekend Services

by Rich Birch: How do you know that a church service is “successful”? What are the elements that tell you when things are working or not? It’s important that your team shares a clear understanding of what success looks like when it comes to designing weekend services. While there are […]

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8 Phases of Moving Guests from Anonymity to Community at Your Church

by Rich Birch: What is the process by which guests transition from unfamiliarity with your church to becoming raving fans? How do they move through those phases, and how are we helping them at every step along the way? Understanding how guests transition along the spectrum from stranger to advocate […]

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5 Follow-Ups for First Time Guests

by Tyler Smith: Creating an inviting and warm experience for first-time guests before, during, and after worship services and events is important. A primary goal for church staff and volunteers should be to help guests feel loved and welcomed throughout the week as well. So how does your church make certain […]

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How to Mail Automated Thank You Notes for Guest Followup

by Patrick Bradley: Did you know automated thank you notes were a thing? I’d heard rumor that there was a business that would print and mail them for you. I was not prepared for what I found out. Turns out, there’s a whole industry that has sprung up around doing […]

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How to Look Up Mobile Carriers so Your Church Software Works

by Patrick Bradley: Ever notice that your church management software asks for your people’s mobile number and their carrier? Here’s why they do that and how you can look up mobile carriers to get past the roadblock. Has this happened to you? You build your guest followup system in your […]

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10 Questions Church Leaders Should Be Asking (But Probably Aren’t)

by Rich Birch: Questions have a curious function in the life of a leader. A good question can often propel us forward more than a great answer. Our roles in leading our churches requires us to not only work in our ministry but to also take a step back and […]

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Want to Reach New People? These 10 Habits Set Your Church Back

by Tony Morgan: What is the first-time guest experience really like at your church? When my team at The Unstuck Group helps a church assess ministry health, one key step we take is to attend and review the church’s weekend experience through the lens of an outsider. That’s because once you […]

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All About Multisite // Robust Leadership Development Practices & Keeping Teams Aligned

by Rich Birch: Welcome back to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader […]

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4 Experiments to Run this Summer to Help Your Church This Fall

by Rich Birch: Church leaders in prevailing churches think of themselves more like scientists testing theories than bakers applying a prescribed recipe. Rather than looking for the “perfect” strategy for your church, it’s better to consider your practices as a series of experiments and then watch the results. While it’s […]