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.

 

The Times They Are A Changing

Throughout history, especially the last 200 years, everything has constantly and consistently changed. No one would deny that. However, today, it’s not just that things are changing; it’s that nothing is the same as it was just a few years ago. We aren’t living in changing times; we are living in a time of radical […]

How To Interview An Executive Pastor Candidate

A growing trend among churches mid to large is the role of Executive Pastor. We’ve found that many pastors, who the flair for the flare for creativity, often lack organizational, administrative skills, and oversight skills. They like to spark ideas and ministries, motivate people to action, and then move on to something else- thus the […]

The Small Church

I begin with a disclaimer - I don’t believe the size of a church has any merit in the Kingdom. Neither do I believe a small church (under 200 in worship) or a large church has any advantages over the other. They both are called of God to perform the same mission....to carry out Christ’s […]

Dispelling The Three Big Small Group Myths

Over the years I’ve noticed three huge myths about small groups. These three myths are so pervasive and powerful they have caused churches to avoid initiating small group systems. And when a church fails in its attempt at developing small groups that multiply, most likely the culprit is one of these three myths. That’s why […]

Retaining First Time Guests

Getting people in the door the first time isn’t easy these days, but getting them to return a second and third time is even more difficult. However, you can do a few things that greatly raise the return rate. The following is a seven step response to first time guests. Step One: Immediately following their […]

Leading a Church Staff Effectively

I was on a coaching call the other day talking with a pastor of a church of around 500 in worship. This was the largest church he had ever led and he was frustrated with what he considered to be an ineffective staff. So I asked him to describe the problem. Here’s what he said. […]

Growing Churches and Growing Disciples: Part Two

This is the second presentation I did at Boston    

Five Books For The 21st Century

I’ve always been a voracious reader. So, I encourage pastors to read a minimum of ten books a month. I was glad to read a blog from Rick Warren’s titled “To Be A Great Leader You Absolutely Must Be A Reader.” You can see the article here However, I remember when I was a pastor […]

A Post Modern Resurrection Story

In one of the congregations I worked in last year I ran across a story that had become legendary in that congregation. It seems as if the pastor had told the story many times so the detailed authenticity of the story is suspect. However, I have learned that some of the most profound truths are […]

How To Develop Sermon Series That Grab Attention

I’m constantly being asked about the importance of sermon series and how’s the best way to go about doing them. The questions are all over the map, ranging from pastors in their first year to seasoned veterans who realize we are no longer in the 1950s. So I thought I would share a few quick […]