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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Curing Congregational Low Self-Esteem

Many churches I work with suffer from low self-esteem and a sense of hopelessness. There are many reasons for this malaise, often because the congregation has come to believe their circumstances are insurmountable (they’re not, but that’s a post for another time). I’m working on a recommendation report from a consultation with a church that […]

Communion Instructions Example

Click Image to Play Video This is one of the best guest-friendly introductions to communion I’ve seen. Notice that Pastor Ted tells the congregation virtually every detail for how to receive communion. It’s also a good example of a lightened version of the Lutheran Liturgy for the Eucharist. Exceptional Practices of Note: Virtually nothing is […]

To Tech or Not to Tech? That’s Not Even a Question Anymore

The latest blog post by Bill Easum sparked a number of lively conversations on both our LinkedIn and Facebook accounts. I started to reply there, but as my response grew it seemed more appropriate to bring it here to the public forum. The responses mostly included assertions that the church has become too focused or […]

Only Four Things Grow a Church 2014 Tour

Have your attempts to grow your church been frustrated? Getting discouraged trying to get your leadership team on board? Need to make just the right decision before moving forward? Both of us, Bill Tenny-Brittian and Bill Easum, will be criss-crossing the US in 2014 to share the only four things that grow churches. At the […]

Shift Happens 2014

The culture keeps on marching … and unfortunately, the North American Church seems to fall further and further behind. I regularly begin church training exercises by showing the Shift Happens YouTube video that was initially uploaded back in 2008. The response to the video by the average layperson is typically shock … especially for those […]

Preaching to the New Target

Let’s be honest. Most of us pastor-types were taught to preach primarily to a Modern, well-churched or well-church-experienced audience. The target of our preaching was essentially “one of us.” I hear some of you howling in protest. “I was taught how to preach evangelistically!” Yeah, so was I … but those preaching methods presumed that […]

A Smooth as Glass Restart

Not every church is going to make it. Some need to restart. Here’s a model for getting started from Central Christian Church is Texas.

Leadership Lessons from the Movie Enders Game

I saw Enders Game on its opening day and fell in love with the movie. Not because I love sci-fi over all other movie genres (I do). Not because Harrison Ford is my favorite swashbuckling actor (he is). And not even because I thought it had a great plot, great writing, great acting, and great […]

Changing a Congregation’s Ethos … Not an Overnight Job (But Doable)

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book 21st Century Strategies for Church Growth. Too many church members, indeed too many churches, carry an attitude of entitlement rather than commitment. They act as if they’ve paid their admission price and now the rest of the church has to coddle and cow-tow to their every whim. […]

Classic Worship Leaders and Worship Bands

Music isn’t a part of worship for today’s generations – it is the primary act of worship. Whereas classic worship services break up songs with other worship tools, such as responsive readings, prayers, etc., successful alternative worship services produce music “sets,” similar to a concert with one song leading directly into another for a sustained […]