Bill Tenny-Brittian

Bill Tenny-BrittianDr. Bill Tenny-Brittian is the Managing Partner for 21st Century Strategies. The pastor of churches from coast to coast, he's led and helped hundreds of churches and thousands of leaders through the growing pains of growth. He's Editor in Chief of Net Results Magazine and the author of several books including Hitchhikers' Guide to Evangelism, Prayer for People Who Can't Sit Still, and co-author with Bill Easum of Effective Staffing for Vital Churches. He lives in Missouri with Dr. Kris Tenny-Brittian.

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4 Ways Your Greeters Make Guests Feel Welcome

When it comes to first-time visitors, you may be surprised to learn that perhaps the most influential person your guests will meet isn't your worship leader. It's not the choir director, Christian education leader, or the board chair. It's not even your pastor. Believe it or not, probably the most influential person your first-timers meet is your church greeter. […]

Put an End to Zombie Ministries

No, I'm not talking about pulling your support from Zombie Runs (though hopefully you have better things to do with your church's resources). I'm talking about those ministries that probably got started years and years ago but have failed to bear sufficient fruit (but keep on going and going and going anyway). The children's moment […]

Five Secrets to Getting Out of the Office

There's an old saying that goes "Pastor, you can't be faithful to the Great Commission if you're stuck inside your office" (okay, so it's not that old of a saying). But the truth is there nonetheless. We've found that pastors of turnaround churches (and larger growing churches as well) spend less time in their office and more time […]

The Top Staff Positions for Churches Reaching Young Adults

A client recently posed a staffing question and asked me to address it. "Why should the first hired staff positions be (1) a Worship Leader for a non-traditional style worship service; and (2) a Children’s Director?" The answer is as simple as it should be self-evident. Without a steady influx of young families to the […]

Four Things that Keep People Out of Your Church

I suspect no church intentionally goes about barring their doors to keep new people out, but given the poor first-time visitor numbers in most churches, it sometimes seems like that might be the case. A healthy, growing church should be seeing enough first-time visitors each week that they make up 3 percent or more of […]

Holding a Congregation Accountable

I recently received a note with a question that I'm sure most pastors have asked themselves at one time or another. I'm afraid there are many answers to the "why" question. The congregation is paying the pastor's salary - so they're the boss (or at least they think and act like they are) The congregation is an […]

Sermon Prep When Time is Limited

One of the recommendations we make to pastors with churches under 200 is "Learn to do sermon and worship prep in less than two hours each week so you can spend the vast majority of your time reaching people for Jesus Christ." It's not a popular recommendation. Homiletics professors faint. Long-time pastors just shake their heads. […]

Easter Sunday Follow-Up Full Court Press

This year Easter happens to coincide with the wrapping up March Madness, the final two will be decided on Easter Saturday and the finals are played on Easter Monday. That leaves Easter Sunday as a quiet, leisurely day for sports fans ... but not so much for the world of church. Once again, it's likely […]

Asking Advice? Lookin’ Good!

We don't normally do this, but since the Harvard Business Review "Daily Stat" blog has been broken for over three months, instead of just posting a link, we're reproducing a GREAT mini-post here. Asking for Advice Makes You Seem More Competent Most people assume that asking for advice will make others think poorly of them. […]

How to Undermine Church Leadership in One Easy Step

The church had done all the hard work of building a solid foundation. They identified their mission, vision, and values and they developed both membership and leadership covenants. It looked like they were ready to move to the next steps of growth. Enter the Nominating Committee. There were several leadership positions that needed to be filled, but […]