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The Unstuck Church (7 Lifecycles Of The Church) :: Tony Morgan

Our Guest Today: Tony Morgan is the founder and lead strategist of The Unstuck Group. He’s a consultant, leadership coach and writer who helps churches get unstuck and have a bigger impact. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church(Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church(Granger, IN). He has authored several books on leadership and ministry strategy. His newest book, The Unstuck Church (released in May 2017), unpacks the life-cycle of a typical church, identifies characteristics of each phase, and provides practical next steps a church can take to move towards sustained health. Tony has also written several articles on staffing, technology, strategic planning and leadership published by organizations like the Willow Creek Association, Outreach Magazine, Catalyst and Tony and his wife, Emily, live near Atlanta, Georgia with their four children — Kayla, Jacob, Abby and Brooke. You can read a more extensive bio and his blog and work online at

A Few Key Ideas:

  • Churches need action plans
  • The New Testament church is the “body”
  • Tony said, “We should always ________ before we build”
  • What is the stewardship principle that we’re required to live out?
  • Tony talks about how strategy connects to heart change
  • Tony introduces us to the 7 Lifecycles of the church
  • Different approaches of the Life cycles in churches that have planted vs churches that need revitalization
  • Tony talks about why many churches are closing their doors today
  • The whirlwind that exists in the church and how to address it

Links/Resources Mentioned (some items mentioned directly or indirectly through prior research):

The Unstuck Church Bell Curve (explained on the podcast)

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About Our Host:

Christopher J. Harris, a native of Palatka, Fla., is currently Executive Pastor of Crossover Church of Tampa, Fla. He is also the Director of Administration & Vision Implementation overseeing the day to day operations of the Atlanta Headquarters office for Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. He’s served at ministries in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Chicago,IL. He’s an author and blogger and most recently wrote a book titled, Temporary Assignments. He’s an alumnus of Florida State University, University of South Carolina, special studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and doctoral work at Nova Southeastern University. Harris currently resides in Florida with his wife Dr Carmen J Harris and their children.

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Thank You’s:

My family for their commitment to the vision to inspire wisdom in others and release me to endeavors like this. To my Producer, Kevin Scullion. To Tony Morgan and The Unstuck Church Group (Tammy Kelley and Tiffany Deluccia). (Note: Want your name listed here? Leave a review of this podcast and you may find your name listed here…)