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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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15 Characteristics of Healthy Church Leaders

A healthy church begins with healthy church leaders. It's easy to assume someone serving "in ministry" has things all together, but you and I both know this can certainly be far from the truth at times. Church leaders are human, which means they are fallible (*gasp!*)...

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5 Indicators That You Do Not Need A Church Consulting Firm

What are the indicators that you do not need a church consulting firm right now? We hear all sorts of talk about the newest tool a pastor of our church can use. Sometimes you'll read a blog post about the three, five, or seven best of whatever to fix a certain area of...

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How to Treat Veterans in Your Church

Veterans Day reminds us of the freedoms and privileges we have as a result of the sacrifices made by those in our armed forces. Veterans Day gives us a chance to honor veterans who served us and our country so faithfully. Veterans Day serves as a reminder of how just...

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10 Ways Pastors Balance Life and Ministry in Their Schedules

I’m addicted to seeking advice from older, wiser, spiritually-healthy pastors—those with godly attitudes and a long history of balance, healthy families, and personal fruit. Of the many questions I like to ask, this one is my favorite: “How do you build your ‘normal’...

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A Christian Response to the Umpqua Shooting

I’m angry... Angry that nine more lives were lost at Umpqua, because some deranged man was infatuated with death. Angry that many of these lives were snuffed out, because they were believers in Jesus. Angry that too many of the voices of influence in the public square...

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5 Things You Must Do Before You Plant a Church

“I think I want to start a church one day. Where do I start? What should I be doing now?” This is a frequent question that comes from potential church planters. I think it's awesome that so many people are interested in church planting. It takes work, but it's worth...

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15 Reasons Why Committed Christians Do Not Attend Church

From what I've been reading and hearing lately, there are many "good, solid, and faithful" Christian people who have decided not to attend church services any longer...or just need a break from that routine. Some suggest this means they are not Christians or they are...

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6 Steps to Building a Leadership Pipeline in Your Church

Leadership pipeline development in churches isn't a new fad or trend that only applies to multi-site or church planting contexts. A church's leadership pipeline cultivates the God-given spiritual gifts and abilities each person has. It requires a redesign or...

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7 Leadership Tips from Scripture

Scripture contains countless leadership lessons. God the Father is the ultimate demonstration of leadership. As God empowers the Son to will and to act according to the Father and deploys the Holy Spirit to comfort and lead us as the church, we find remarkable insight...

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8 Ways to Move From Vision Ambiguity to Vision Clarity

When you are looking to the future, you need to have a vision and know where you are going. Is your vision ambiguous? Do you need vision clarity? Take a minute to look at these eight ways to move from vision ambiguity to vision clarity in your church. 8 Ways to Move...

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9 Tips for Effective Church Technology

I’ve spent the last 18 years supporting small business computer networks. Most things crossover well into effective church technology; however, special considerations do exist for church networks. Every entity is budget conscious when it comes to technology, but...

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