How We Help Churches

  • Answers to the toughest questions
    • Over 35 years consulting experience with hundreds of churches, thousands of church leaders
  • Encouragement in perplexing times
    • 24-7-365 coaching and training resources and services
  • Solutions to break through the daunting obstacles
    • Customized comprehensive consultations – no cookie-cutter agendas
  • Tools for every situation
    • Literally thousands of church growth and leadership resources – most of them free

Here’s how we grow churches . . .

Sometimes you need fresh, well-experienced eyes to separate the good opportunities from the best opportunities. Sometimes you need someone from the “outside” to say what you can’t. Sometimes you feel like you’re up against it and don’t know where to turn.

These are the times you need a consultant to come along side you to help you uncover the path to mission success.

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How do the best, the brightest, and most effective leaders spell success? C-O-A-C-H. A coach’s job is to help you reach your personal potential so that those you lead can reach theirs. The best coaches do more than encourage you, they have the training, experience, and creativity to inspire you to be your best self.

Coaching makes change possible even in impossible circumstances.

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It takes more than book smarts to navigate the ever changing world of “church” today. The Nones are the fastest growing “religious” segment in the US. And those raised in church are leaving faster than we can replace them. It’s never been easy to grow a church, but it’s more difficult now than in anytime in history.

The solution begins with solid training.

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For over thirty years, The Effective Church Group has been creating resources to help churches, leaders, and pastors be as effective as possible. And for over thirty years, we’ve been making the majority of those resources available for free. It’s not that we don’t need the money, but we believe the church is the most important work on this planet.

Take a look … help yourself.

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Your Partner In Ministry

Reaching your mission is the difference between success or failure, growth or decline. For over three decades the Effective Church Group has been helping thousands of church leaders and over 1000 churches find effective and faithful ways to reach their mission. With that experience, there’s virtually no problems we haven’t encountered and found ways to guide churches into mission critical success.

Whatever you’re facing – staff changes, space restrictions, attendance decline, aging members, conflict, outreach issues, time management, low church esteem – we’ve been there and done that. We’ll be there for you, too.

Our History

The Effective Church Group has been working with churches in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand for over three decades. Founded by Bill Easum in the 1980s, the Group has expanded with noted experts with hands-on experience in growing churches and coaching leaders to reach their potential. We’ve worked with churches from over 60 denominations including Non-Denominationals, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Disciples, Lutherans, American Baptist, Episcopalian, Seventh-day Adventists, and many more.


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Our Blog

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Three Common Contagious Church Viruses: Part 1

“The Church Doctor will see you now.” The church had a bit of grimace on her face, but she shuffled in and hopped up onto the paper-covered examination table.

“Tell me,” the doctor said. […]

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Don’t Start with the Bible

When I went to seminary, we were taught that the best, most authentic, relevant way to preach was to create an expository sermon. For the uninitiated that’s a sermon that starts with a scripture […]

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Reconnecting Missing Members

We hear it at probably 90 percent of the consultations we lead. Some good hearted person asks us if we’re going to make some recommendations on how the church can reconnect and reactivate formerly […]

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Role of the Senior Pastor: Staff Care

It’s August.

The last real vestiges of summer are upon us.

Do you know … has your staff taken some serious Rest & Reflection time off?

Part of your role as the senior pastor is to […]

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Tell ‘Em What To Do

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What’s the most important thing about your sermon?

Is it the scripture you start with?
The introduction that gets the congregation on board?
The stories they’ll remember for the rest of their lives?
The exposition of the deeper […]

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Know the Competition

In my community, there are a couple of new church starts kicking off. One’s in my denomination and another is in a denomination not too dissimilar to mine.

I’ve met both pastors. They’re younger […]