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.

 

Packaging Experience

Over the past five years I’ve seen a tremendous shift in my ministry. Ten years ago the bulk of my ministry consisted of local church consultations and workshops. Occasionally I would be asked to coach a pastor following a consultation. Today, almost one-half of my ministry is coaching pastors either before, after, or totally absent […]

The Ability To Focus

One of the things I’ve had to do over and over in my coaching of pastors is to remind them to focus on the major issues we’ve talked about instead of getting distracted time and time again. Pastors appear to be extremely vulnerable to distractions due to their high desire to please people. Often pastors […]

Following Jesus Into The Mission Field

Those who follow my writing know I believe we are living in a pivotal period of history in which everything that will be is being separated from everything that was. In such a traumatic period all of the rules of the game of life are called into question. Christianity and the Scriptures are the result […]

Christmas Ideas

It’s not too early to begin thinking about what you’re going to do to capitalize on the pagan holiday known as Christmas. Yes, you heard me correctly- Christmas is a pagan holiday. But contrary to what you might think, being a pagan holiday makes it an even more valuable evangelism tool than you think. Meeting […]

The Difficulty of Making a Dream Come True

Over the 25 years I’ve been a consultant and coach I’ve noticed that one of the hardest actions facing a pastor is taking a dream and turning it into reality. Most pastors enter ministry dreaming about making a difference in people’s lives or changing the world or simply being part of a thriving church. The […]

The Three Most Important Rooms In A Church

I tell churches all the time that the three most important rooms in a church building are the Worship Center, Restrooms, and Nursery. Most churches don't understand the importance of these rooms. How do I know this? By simply looking at the way most churches take care of these three rooms. In far too many […]

Have a “To Be” List

Everyone has a "to do" list.  Some folks are slaves to it; others make one up and then quickly abandon it. And some  are paranoid if they aren't able to mark off every item by the end of the day. Well, that's all and good but in the end it may or may not have […]

Questions for Church Planters

 Getting a head start on your church plant is critical.  How you approach the first yeas will usually determine the ultimate outcome. How many honest spiritual conversations have you had with thoroughly unchurched people in the past 90 days? How many unchurched people have you personally brought to Christ (not just to a worship service) […]

Five Things Matter Most in the Emerging World

Few people will argue we have entered a totally new world for since 9/11. The new world had been dawning since the 1960’s but not we are fully into a new world. So what will it take to flourish in this kind of world? What are the down and dirty, quick references of which we […]

Hiring and Firing Staff

Today, I had a conversation with one of the church planters I’m coaching. During the coaching call he asked me, “What are some of the ways to help staff be more productive?” I made several suggestions and then I said to him, “That is not the most important question on this subject. The more important […]