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.


Spending Time Mentoring Staff

Spending time mentoring staff is one of the most important thing a pastor can do. When I suggest to a person I’m coaching that he or she needs to spend more time mentoring or training their staff they usually ask, “What does that look like”? Here’s my response. First, you should see yourself as the […]

All Good Things Must Come To An End

Many of you know for the past two decades I have been obsessed with offshore Billfishing. It’s impossible to give justice to an description of the feeling one gets when a 400 lb. Blue Marlin is coming toward your bait. You see the fin, then the bill, then the crash as the Blue attacks the […]

Christ Centered Pastors Don’t Make Disciples Or Care For People

That’s right, you read it correctly - Christ-centered pastors don’t make disciples nor do they take care of people.   Instead, they do what Jesus did.... they equip others to make disciples and to care for people. These pastors would rather equip ten people to make disciples than to make disciples themselves. Disciple-making and caring for […]

How To Effectively Lead A Staff

This article is a follow up to the previous article on Staff Management. Learning how to lead a staff is one of the most important aspects of a pastor’s life if that pastor wants to be an effective leader. Every study shows that the vast majority of churches grow based on their leader and how […]

Management Skills

They didn't teach me management skills in seminary.  Wish they had because as the leader of a church I needed them badly and it's a shame I had to learn them on my own.  So I thought i would pass on some pointers. Point Number One:  If you can't measure it, it will not succeed.  […]

One Of The Best Books Of The Last Five Years

A book every pastor with a staff or going to have a staff should read -"Fairness Is Overrated" by Tim Stevens.. Over the past two years I've waded through dozens of books and only a handful have pushed my buttons as much as this one. This book is so cool and to the point I'm […]

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 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 […]