#26. Getting Unstuck — Is Your Church Healthy, Growing, or Declining?

Our Urban Voices

May 10 2022 • 35 mins

Tony Morgan, Founder of the Unstuck Group breaks down some fundamentals of a thriving church for this season of ministry. Evangelism, making disciples, growing deeper in faith — the mission of the church remains the same. But, do more activities really mean more disciples? And, what about virtual services after the pandemic? Tony Morgan challenges listeners to consider whether their congregation is declining and what to do about it. What You’ll Learn:What thriving churches look like during this season About the lingering impacts of the covid pandemic on local congregations What an effective discipleship strategy looks like About the Guest: Tony Morgan is Founder of the Unstuck Group which has served more than 500 churches since 2009. As the Lead Strategist, Tony works with church leaders, helping them to refocus on discipleship and impact their community in their unique context. It is a role that grew from his time as a pastor. After sharing his experiences, he was eventually asked to come along side leaders of other congregations. There are numerous resources available on the Unstuck Group website: articles, whitepapers and The Unstuck Church Podcast which has thousands of listeners each month. Tony has authored several books, including The Unstuck Church. Scripture Related to Episode:https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+28%3A19-20%2CLuke+24%3A44-48&version=ESV (Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 24:44-48; Mission of the Church) Links Related to Episode:https://theunstuckgroup.com/ (The Unstuck Group) https://theunstuckgroup.com/landing-page/unstuck-church-book/ (Book, The Unstuck Church) https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Morgan/e/B002BMDB6A/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 (Tony Morgan, Author) https://theunstuckgroup.com/content-types/podcast/ (The Unstuck Church Podcast) Show Notes:01:22 - Tony Morgan, Family and Ministry 03:11 - Free Resources for Churches 06:05 - Need for Translators 07:22 - How the Unstuck Group Started 08:22 - Is There a Right Way to Do a Healthy Church? 09:45 - 4 Steps to Help a Church's Mission 11:25 - Right Sized Strategies 13:57 - What Churches Need to Change Post Covid 14:55 - 4 Differences between Growing and Declining Churches 17:44 - Giving Ministry Away 20:37 - Post Covid Pastor Burn Out 23:08 - Same Mission, Different Methodologies 24:11 - Virtual, Hybrid or Corporate Worship 25:41 - Managing Digital Ministry 28:32 - Are More Church Programs Really Better? 29:33 - Recipe for Discipleship 30:52 - How Many are Too Many Church Programs 31:51 - What Really Works for Discipleship and Spiritual Formation 33:20 - Multisite Churches – a Double Edged Sword