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.

 

An Inside Look At What’s Killing The Average Church

I just finished watching an episode of the new TV show Public Morals. The show is about the gangster world of the 1960’s in New York and how all the cops were on the take. Now before saying anymore I want to quickly add that I don't recommend this show to anyone. But, There was […]

Is Your Church Kingdom Minded Or Church Minded?

The other day I was talking with a pastor about me possibly coaching him. In the course of the conversation I mentioned the need for churches to be more Kingdom minded than church minded and it went totally over his head. You could see in his eyes that he had no concept about what it […]

A New But Old Metric

I just finished a book called “Gaining By Losing” by Greear. The premise is basically the more people you send or give away for whatever reason the more likely the church is to thrive because that is God’s plan for all churches as seen in the Acts of the Apostles. In a nutshell God is […]

Long Pastoral Tenures Are Best

History has shown that Long-term pastoral tenures are better than short-term tenures because they produce more effective churches. By long-term we mean 20+ years. Yet, the average pastoral tenure is between four and five years. So what needs to happen so that we have more long-term tenures of over 20+ years? Bloom Where You’re Planted […]

Why Large Churches Are More Effective Than Small Churches

If you have an aversion to large churches, then this article isn’t for you. But if you are open to the possibility that large churches may be better than small churches, then read on. I’m aware some may think all I’m interested in is BIG, but nothing could be farther from the truth. I’m a […]

For Church Planters Eyes Only

Over the years I’ve noticed something about church plants that might be helpful to you. Somewhere around 125-200 in worship many semi-successful church planters lose their focus on outreach and bringing more people to Christ and the church stalls out. I’ve noticed several reasons for this loss of focus on outreach and evangelism. I share […]

Exponential West 2015

Hey folks, I'm going to be at Exponential West, the largest gathering of church planters in the world, and I'd love to see you there.  It's that good and its not just for planters.  For example. I'm doing a Pre-Conference on Giving New Life To A Stuck Church, and then I will do two workshops, […]

On Not Being Nice for the Sake of the Gospel

The following is one of our most asked-for blog posts.  It was written two decades ago, but it is still as relevant today as it was then. Throughout all my consulting ministry, I have seen a disturbing pattern: most established churches are held hostage by one or two bullies. Either one individual or a small group […]

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 […]