Bill Easum

Bill EasumBill Easum is the Founder and President of 21st Century Strategies. Bill has a thirty year track record of growing congregations in two denominations. His last church, which he pastored for twenty-four years, grew to the largest United Methodist Church in South Texas. He has personally worked in over 700 congregations, some of which are the largest in the nation, and has taught hundreds of thousands of leaders. He's the author/co-author of more than 25 books including Preaching for Church Transformation, Sacred Cows Make Gourmet Burgers, and Unfreezing Moves. Bill lives in Corpus Christi and fishes in Central America whenever he can.

 

Bad Information for a Young Pastor

Jim was right out of seminary and into his third year as pastor of his first church. He had worked hard all three years, but the church didn't grow. In fact, if anything, it was smaller than when he arrived. His frustration level was high. I ran into Jim at a seminar I was doing […]

Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog

The vast majority of dying churches I know get their priorities mixed up. Every church has a primary priority and secondary priorities. The primary priority of any church should be effectively growing the Kingdom, and it can’t be doing that if it totally dies. Secondary priorities can be any kind of mission they choose. However, many […]

The Biggest Lesson I Ever Learned

One of the best things about getting older is the lessons learned along the way.  Let me share the biggest lesson I learned.  It's so simple but it's what makes life exciting and productive.  Here it is: "The more you risk, the greater the possible return." I'm convinced that the main reason so many churches are […]

Turning a Church Around

I will  never forget that day.  It was my first Sunday at a church that only five years earlier ran 249 in worship.  But as I stood to teach I was greeted by only 37 people.  You read that correctly.  In five years the church declined from 249 to 37 people. I later found out […]

Why Are so Many Churches Mean-Spirited?

A pastor I'm coaching asked me “Why are there so many dysfunctional, mean-spirited people in the church?” His question is well founded. There are more dysfunctional churches in the U.S. than there are healthy churches. I would guess the percentage of unhealthy churches approaches 60% of all churches. And the smaller the church is, the […]

Charleston: Another Reason to Believe in Christ

On Sunday, we witnessed a glowing example of what faith in Christ can do to a person, family, and city. Following the killing of nine people in the Mother Emmanuel AME Church, including the pastor, Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press” did an interview with the family of the slain Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. The […]

Team Model for Hiring

A Team Concept for Hiring One of the most crucial responsibilities of a senior pastor of a church with one hundred and fifty people or more in worship is the discovery, recruitment, coaching, and empowerment of a diverse, talented staff who are all pursuing the same goal. As a church grows larger, this responsibility becomes more […]

The Ten Most Influential Churches of the Past Century

My friend Elmer Towns just finished a book: The Ten Most Influential Churches of the Past Century. In the book, he gives a thorough examination of the contribution of each church. As always, his research and analysis of what makes a church historically influential is impeccable. And you may be surprised at which churches are in […]

Spark: Igniting a Culture of Multiplication

Reading Spark, by Todd Wilson, filled my eyes with tears. Where was this book when I restarted my church? What a difference it might have made. Folks, this is the first book of 2015 that will go on my classics list. The author addressed both the problem and the solution when it comes to developing a […]

Is Church a Verb or Noun?

Is the word “church” a noun or a verb? How you answer this question explains whether you understand the Gospel or have totally missed its point. So let’s start by asking a question –“Which image best portrays a church?” Which one did you pick? By the conversations of most Christians it would appear to be […]