rich_headshot_smallThanks so much for dropping by unSeminary … I hope that your able to find some resources that help you lead your church better in the coming days!

I’ve been involved in church leadership for over 20 years.  Early on I had the privilege of leading in one of the very first multisite churches in North America. I led the charge in helping The Meeting House in Toronto to become the leading multi-site church in Canada with over 4,500 people in 6 locations. (Today they are 17 locations with somewhere over 6,000 people attending.) In addition, I served on the leadership team of Connexus Community Church in Ontario, a North Point Community Church Strategic Partner.

For seven years I served as a part of the four-member Lead Team at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing communities of New Jersey. In my time with the church we grew from 1 campus to 6 … and our attendance grew to over 3,500 people. (That’s actual numbers not “Pastor Inflated Numbers!”) Drop by this link if you want to see a sample of me teaching at Liquid.  At Liquid I oversaw communications, weekend service programming, campus expansion, and special projects.

I have a dual vocational background that uniquely positions me for serving churches to multiply impact. While in the marketplace, I founded a dot-com with two partners in the late 90’s that worked to increase value for media firms and internet service providers.

I speak at conferences like Orange, WFX and various regional multisite church events. I’m a featured writer on Auxano’s Vision Room, ChurchLeaders.com and MinistryBriefing.

My first book, UNREASONABLE CHURCHES: 10 Churches Who Zagged When Others Zigged and Saw More Impact Because of It, is an Amazon bestseller in the Church Leadership category. It’s designed to help church leaders think a new thought and take new risks in impacting their community.

My latest book, Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church, has helped thousands of church leaders reach more people in their community. It was also the forerunner to Church Growth Flywheel Masterclass, a proven step-by-step system for helping your church reach more people than ever before by dramatically increasing the invite culture in your people!

I’m married to Christine and together we parent two wonderful teens, Haley and Hunter. Collectively we try to keep our dog, Rory, from chewing everything that lands on the floor.

twitter / skype / facebook: richbirch

So this is a place to collect some thoughts about local church and doin’ stuff right in local church. I really am not a “know it all” or “expert” but really just somebody who has made a lot of mistakes in leadership and is attempting to pass along some learning so you don’t have to pay the “stooopid tax”.

“. . . helped us get the big picture and then got dirty in the details of making it happen.”    – Bruxy Cavey, Teaching Pastor, The Meeting House

“ . . . ‘get-it’ factor on the kind of church we’re trying to become . . . has customized his approach to be tailor made to our setting. We’re so grateful for his investment in helping us expand our Kingdom-building capacity.”   – Jeff Lockyer, Lead Pastor, Southridge Community Church

“ . . . I LOVE Rich’s experience-driven insight and people-focused approach . . . couldn’t be a better fit for us as we seek advice and feedback in accomplishing what we feel God is putting before us.”    – Mike Leahy, Executive Director, Liquid Church

“… you have helped me bridge the gap between careful, strategic, logistical leadership and passionate love for Jesus and the people His forming.”    -Greg Hill, Executive Pastor, Living Faith Church

“Rich Birch has added so much value through his messages to and interactions with our students. His practical insights are super helpful for church leaders of any level!” – Andy Dykhouse, Nebraska Christian College

“We love Rich Birch! Rich recently spent a weekend with our team at Grace Central Coach where he provided invaluable coaching for our outreach strategy through the use of intentional outreach “Big Days.” He not only brought compelling research, but fantastic ideas that fit in our unique ministry context. Our team was challenged and we are taking practical next steps in our vision to share the Gospel with the Central Coast of California and the next generation, thanks to Rich. We can’t wait to have him out to Grace Central Coast again.” –  Tim Theule, Senior Pastor, Grace Central Coast

“Super practical, super helpful…it actually IS stuff I wished they would have taught in seminary.” – David Rice, Pastor

“The resources offered are very practical, applicable, relevant and innovative!” – Neal Mathers, Pastor

You are always introducing ideas and topics that are practical and timely. I always learn something and enjoy “meeting” all the people you bring to the podcast.” – Lisa Gaugler, Captial Area Church

“I sometimes wish I had gone to “unSeminary” rather than “Seminary”!” – Terry Embke, Pastor

Invaluable stuff if you are serious about growing your church. The resources are real world practical.” – Josh Schoon, Pastor

“I love unSeminary. The practical resources of ministry available here are essential to any church with the mission of making devoted Christ followers. From first time guests to discipleship to leadership and more, it’s all here and so helpful!” – Angie Hochstedler, Pastor

“A quick and easy way to glean some fresh perspectives on cutting edge ministry.” – George Cladis, Pastor

“unSeminary provides practical insights and resources for “doing church” with excellence and impact.” – Leann Carrick, First Baptist Olathe

“I love the friction that you bring to my mind and spirit with healthy, authentic conversations that challenge me. Also, the practical aspects of what/how other churches do their thing.” – Stefan Hall, Pastor

“We are constantly searching for great examples of real-world-in-the-trenches-practitioners from church-world to put in front of our students, as well as pastors in our region. Rich never disappoints. His heart for the Church, and his heart to raise the next generation of those who are going to serve her is contagious. ” – Dave Miller, Nebraska Christian College

“Rich helped our leadership team move from “an idea and a passion” to “a vision and a strategy”. His enthusiasm for the mission of the church is infectious. I appreciated his practical wisdom and insight from his own experience which helped us understand both our challenges and our potential. His approach brought clarification to our calling as a church and allowed our whole team to “buy in” to how we are going to pursue it.” – Andrew Gordon, Lead Pastor, Compass Community Church

“It was wonderful to have Rich speak at EvFree Fullerton. One 78 year old man was deeply touched by how Rich laid out the life stages that a church can go through. That man wants to keep our church fresh and alive for years to come.” – David Fletcher, Executive Pastor, EvFree Fullerton

“I pastor a church in Hawaii for the past 16 years and wish I had your resource back then. It would have saved me a lot of mistakes! Your equipping resources are some of the best I’ve found! You’re a great communicator!” – Dave Barr, New Hope Church

“Rich led us recently at a fall staff-day launch. I loved how one of our staff described him – ‘That guy is disarrogant and unpresumptive!’ Rich’s creative, engaging and insightful teaching, including some really oddball statistics (including stuff about driving cars!) helped us think through cultural trends that are impacting the Church.” – Terry Smith, Executive Director, Canadian Baptist Ministries

“We recently had Rich help us think about our ministry and multi-site model. Rich attended our campuses and hung out with our staff. This was one of the most beneficial things that we have done for the ministries of our church. Rich provided an invaluable outside perspective on what we are doing right and what we need to improve on. It seems like there are no ministry topics or problems in ministry that Rich doesn’t have wise, creative solutions for.” – Bobby Herrington,  Lead Pastor of Ministry Operations, Mercy Hill Church

“Rich was an immediate asset to our church when we were transitioning to a multi-site model. He walked us through strategy, philosophy and decision making. He helped us design a game plan and a roadmap to become a multi-site church that will eventually lead to several additional campuses.
Rich had instant chemistry with our team. He added value and was a breath of fresh air every time we met. I highly recommend Rich to any church wanting to become multi-site or needing to develop better strategies in growing a healthy church.” – Travis Spencer, Lead Pastor, The Fields Church, Mattoon, IL

“Applying and implementing many of the practical tools and strategies that come out of unSeminary has been a game a changer for our church. There’s a lot of good content out there but Rich has a way of making it doable in our church.” – Ron Baker, Lead Pastor, Forest City North Church

“Rich is the real deal. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable about all things related to growing and multiplying churches, but he is able to communicate with excellence and passion. His energy and enthusiasm for seeing churches reach and disciple more people seems inexhaustible and is absolutely contagious. I can’t wait to see the fruit that grows out of the investment he made into our leaders!” – Len Denbraber, Assistant Superintendent, BC & Yukon District, Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

“Rich is intuitive, kind and insightful. We loved spending time learning from him and his broad exposure to the corner of “Church World” we are trying to live in. He provided practical and actionable insights that we are moving on immediately, and a 60,000 foot perspective on the church, culture, and trends that were simply gold.” – Chris Figaretti, Lead Pastor, The Vineyard, Wheeling, WV

21 Comments

  1. Hi Rich,
    I just read your article about sound volume, and I “dare you” 🙂 to do a Google search and read about gender differences in hearing. Note that all the men who agree with you are men.

    I’ve gone to rock and roll churches since 1972, big and small, and the volume keeps getting louder as worship leaders and sound guys get more deaf, especially to the bass wavelengths, which drown out singing. Foam earplugs do nothing because these wavelengths penetrate human tissues and can be heard from the inside of the eardrum.

    God our exalted Creator made our ears as part of His genius design, as a delicate instrument. Blasting people is not loving, and I think it hurts Him if His sheep are hurting. It says to people with good hearing, “Go away,” and we do.

    M Renfrew

  2. Hey Rich,
    Just found out about unSeminary from Carey Nieuwhof daily email. Just checking it out. Why “unSeminary”? Just curious.

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