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Ministry Goals: Five Winning Characteristics

Your church will never go where you are not intentionally leading it. If you want to lose twenty pounds, but never go on a diet or exercise, it will not happen. If you want to retire with a nest egg, but never save and invest, it will not happen. Churches often say...

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Do You Have a Leadership Pipeline to Nowhere?

"Leadership Pipeline" remains a popular buzzword in business and ministry, and for good reason.  We do need to be developing leaders at all levels of our organizations.  Active, growing, thriving organization cultivate leaders in order to fill new positions, replace...

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Leave It Better Than You Found It

There’s something genuinely disappointing about being out in nature—on a beach, in the woods, above tree line on the way to the top of a mountain—and discovering that someone had left behind a bottle, wrapper, container, cigarette butt or the like. You many not feel...

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10 Ways to Burn Out Your Team

A church's most valuable asset is its leadership; so you must be careful not to burn out your team. In our collective decades of ministry and consulting experience, we have seen again and again how churches that lack healthy leadership eventually struggle. To be...

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How Preaching Can Change Lives

Those of us who are regularly teaching and/or preaching in our churches do so to encourage life change on the part of the people who sit under our ministries. And as we are preaching or teaching life changing principles from God's word, our desire is that these truths...

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10 Ways to Maximize Fall Church Attendance

Back to school, back to church. Throughout the country, churches of all sizes and denominations often experience a bump in fall church attendance. Congregations inexorably benefit from people wanting to get back into the rhythm of "normal" life after the irratic pace...

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5 Myths About Leadership Accountability

Churches without leadership accountability have a one-way ticket to organizational implosion. This isn't an overstatement. It's the truth. When pastors in leadership lack effective accountability, eventually the ministry will fail. This doesn't always mean a moral...

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9 Reasons People Are Not Coming To Your Church

“Why aren’t more people coming to worship with my church?” To some extent, I think every pastor and servant leader in the church has asked this question at one time or another. It is natural. You want to make a greater impact. But everyone experiences a lull at some...

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10 VBS Ideas to Infuse Strategic Thinking Into Your Church

As a kid, I have very few memories more vivid than of spending a week in Vacation Bible School. I would attend two weeks: one at my church and one at my best friend’s church. I remember the week at my friend’s church the most because it was different. As a part of...

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10 Deadly Church Planting Mistakes

There is a never-ending need for new churches to be planted. From sea to shining sea, there is no community in America where we can hang a “mission accomplished” banner and stop planting churches. Wherever God is calling you to plant a church is a place where a church...

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10 Signs You Are on the Fast Track to Burnout

I was sitting with an old seminary classmate recently, listening to a typical litany of “pastoral struggles”—the staff member who probably shouldn’t have been hired in the first place, the disgruntled board member with an agenda, church growth pains, the humbling...

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4 Things To Do If You Are A Noob On Church Staff

First days. We've all lived them. Sometimes, we’ve just survived them. First days of a new school year. First days in a new town. First days of a new relationship. First days on a new job. Some look forward to first days -- embracing the clean slate and fresh...

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6 Top Books from 2015

2015 proved to be a great year full of ministry, family, teaching, and writing. My book Re:Vision was published towards end of 2014 and then Developing a Vision for Ministry was released in 2015. Needless to say, I have been occupied with research and writing (in...

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A Good First Impression Starts with Clarity

We've all had the experience of being a first time guest at a church. Hopefully it was good, but maybe it wasn't. Just like with any first impression, you should aim to make a good first impression of your church, even in the little things.  A good first impression...

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5 Ways to Turn Pessimism into Optimism

It’s reported that Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” So how do you turn pessimism into optimism? You likely battle one or the other. So which are you? Are you a...

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10 Vision Deficiencies Plaguing Pastors and Churches 

Vision matters for anyone in ministry. Vision motivates you and your church to action and effectiveness. Vision clarifies what matters most by captivating people towards a yet unseen future. But oftentimes there are vision deficiencies plaguing pastors and churches....

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Top Blog Posts from The Malphurs Group in 2015

We hope you had a great 2015 and eagerly look forward to what God has in store for you, your family, and your ministry as you impact the world for Christ in 2016 and beyond. As we enter a new year, we compiled a list of some of the top blog posts from the navigators...

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4 Keys of Forgiveness

Most, if not all, of us have been wronged at some point in our lives. Whether it’s being hurt as a child, disappointed as an adolescent, or wronged as an adult. Perhaps a boyfriend or girlfriend dumped you as a teenager. Or you’ve been wrongfully accused of something...

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11 Steps for Developing Strong Church Leaders

Pastor Bill Hybels once said that Christ’s church is the hope of the world, and leadership is the hope of the church. In light of this, we discover that the reason so many churches are struggling in North America and beyond results from poor or nonexistent leadership....

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14 Ways to Better Understand Your Community

One of the best ways to reach your community is to take the time to understand your community and what makes it unique. In Acts 1:8, Luke writes that we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us, and therefore we are to be witnesses to our communities...

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