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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Are Your Leaders Interested or Committed?

I was reading some business blogs the other day and came across one in Entrepreneur magazine. The president of Fusion Logistics, Joe Judson, was waxing eloquent on one of the measures of success: Interest versus Commitment and it got my mind to spinning about some church leaders I've worked with. Many church leaders are interested […]

The Wrong Way and the Right Way to Network at Your Local Coffee Shop (or Wherever)

He finally took our advice and started spending time at the local coffee shop at the big box book store. Every Tuesday and every Thursday he was there from 9 to noon without fail, but after eight weeks he was pretty discouraged. He hadn't had a meaningful conversation with anyone, hadn't exchanged contact information with […]

Five Things You’re Doing that Won’t Grow Your Church

The church pastor was flummoxed. He had no idea why his church wasn't growing. He was doing lots of stuff right, but he just couldn't get any traction. So he called me. After a lengthy conversation, I helped him identify five things he was spending a lot of his time on that wasn't growing his […]

Pocket Numbers

Back in the days when I was involved in Toastmasters, I used to carry a "pocket speech" with me to every meeting. A pocket speech was a pre prepared three to five minute speech that I could present just in case the scheduled speaker didn't show up. Every member of our club was encouraged to […]

Top Five Blog Posts of 2014

2014 was a banner year for The Effective Church Group at 21st Century Strategies. We provided church leader training resources to over 44,000 church leaders this year including: Access to over 1500 blog posts on Over 200 training videos on Church-Talk Over 325 issues of Net Results magazine Worked in person with over 300 pastors and their […]

The Effective Church Board in Action

We often get questions about what kind of decisions an effective policy/accountability board is responsible for. Below are a couple of brief scenarios that demonstrate decision making processes a board should and should not engage in. (These are hypothetical examples that may or may not reflect issues facing your congregation.) The petty cash policy limits […]

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 […]