Had a chance last week to preview Tony Morgan’s Stuck in a Funk: How to Get Your Church Moving Forward. One of the most strategic thinkers I know, Tony started blogging at TonyMorganLive in April, 2005 (about two months before I launched StrategyCentral). He’s been turning out one great concept after another ever since.
Stuck in a Funk? is more than his latest great concept. Packed with key insights into the funk that has churches stuck, this book takes it far beyond diagnosis. My copy is now full of bookmarks and notes highlighting exercises and whiteboard discussions we’ll be having soon.
The four parts of Stuck in a Funk? focus on (1) why churches are stuck, (2) the out-of-date and out-of-touch environments, systems or tactics that underpin the stuckness, (3) the leadership changes that may be long overdue, and (4) the messages that are being conveyed Monday through Saturday. Leveraging the metaphor of a dated leisure suit, Morgan makes the point that while “the leisure suit went the way of the pet rock and the cassette player” and “disappeared because better ideas came along,” many churches are stuck in a time warp, still using systems and tactics that no longer fit the context.
While there’s great value in reading this book, the real potential is to read it with your leadership team. Making Stuck in a Funk? even more practical for teams are the Key Ideas and Discussion Questions that follow the conclusion of the book. Great stuff, this is a great resource for leaders who are ready to get out of a funk. I loved it and I think you will too!