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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The Six Most Powerful Accountability Words

"That won't happen again, will it?" There shouldn't be question mark at the end of that question because it's not really a question. It's a statement that should actually end with a period. In fact, it's a statement that says much, much more than just those six little words. I first heard those words from a […]

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 […]

Sample Staff Meeting Agenda

Just a few hours ago, we posted a sample board meeting agenda and within just a few minutes started receiving requests: "What would an effective staff meeting agenda look like?' The primary difference between a board meeting and a staff meeting is that the staff is leading the programs and ministries of the church. They're […]

Sample Church Board Meeting Agenda

Every so often we get asked, "What would an effective board [or council or session or vestry] meeting look like?" As you look at the agenda, remember that a board's top priority is to hold the pastor accountable for mission alignment and vision achievement. It is NOT a board's job to manage anything. However, to hold […]

Understanding the Role of Your Pastor

The "golden years" of the church, for many key leaders in churches across the US, were the 1950s. Back then "everyone" went to church - and if someone didn't go to church, they knew they should! Back then, the pastor didn't get caught up with trying to reach one generation or another. Everyone "liked" the […]

Better Than a Secret Handshake – SIGNS!

I was looking for the storefront church on Sunday morning. My GPS said I was at the right address, but nothing jumped out and said, "Hey You! Come join us for worship." I finally parked and walked down the sidewalk. I finally found the church right where it should be - but the stenciled church […]

Five Secrets to Getting Volunteers to Perform

The Easter egg hunt should have been a huge success. Over 250 kids showed up and there were young parents by the bushel. But the pastor was beside himself. "It's not that we have trouble getting people to volunteer. We had over twenty people say they'd be here to help – but only seven showed up. […]

Are You Making These Five Hospitality Mistakes?

They had a problem. A BIG problem. Over nine out of ten first-time visitors who walked through the door never returned. It was like their visitors walked in, took a quick look around, maybe even "kicked the tires" and hung out for worship, but once they left the building their sentiments were, "Cross that church off […]

What Every Pastor Should Know About Church Growth

"I just didn't think it would happen to me." Those words played hide-n-seek in my head while I listened to his all-too-common story. Kenneth's first call to a church had started pretty well. He'd heeded the advice of his seminary professors and spent his first year just "loving on" his congregation and getting to know […]

Four Reasons Why Some Churches See First-Time Visitors Almost Every Week

The pastor was on vacation and I was invited to be the guest preacher. Before the service while I was being briefed by the worship leader, I noticed a significant hubub at the back of the church. A young couple had come in and they were nearly mobbed by one wellwisher after another. The music […]