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7 Vision Failures Holding Churches Back

7 Vision Failures Holding Churches Back

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 94 Have you worked on vision in your church, but you’re not really seeing the positive effects that you expected?  Vision can be tough, and it doesn’t come easy for many, so you’re not alone if you’re struggling. ...

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How Do I Know If My Church Is Revitalized?

How Do I Know If My Church Is Revitalized?

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 93 Since the primary ministry of The Malphurs Group is church revitalization, there is a good chance that you’re reading this today while in the process of revitalization in your church.  If that’s the case, you may be...

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How to Leverage the Summer for Growth

How to Leverage the Summer for Growth

5 Ways You Can Experience Summer Church Growth Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 92 Has your church ever experienced a summer slump? Of course it has. Nearly every church sees a dip in attendance over the summer, and it can make you want to shrug your shoulders...

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A Pre-Revitalization Checklist

A Pre-Revitalization Checklist

Any church revitalization should start with a church revitalization checklist. Preparation is key. One of the reasons for the high safety record of airlines is that pilots and mechanics carefully work through a preflight checklist. In other words, they stop before...

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Keeping Your Church From a Slow Death

Keeping Your Church From a Slow Death

Left to itself, the universe tends towards chaos. This is the fundamental truth behind the Second Law of Thermodynamics. A rolling ball will lose its energy until it stops. A rubber band will break or snap back rather than be infinitely stretched. And a church that...

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What Difference Does Emotional Intelligence Make?

What Difference Does Emotional Intelligence Make?

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 87 Why write a book or offer a course on emotional intelligence? Is it really that important to the church and its leaders? Following are fourteen reasons why every Christian in general and leaders, in particular, should...

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Church Strategic Planning: How to Create a Planning Rhythm

Church Strategic Planning: How to Create a Planning Rhythm

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 85 At its core, good church strategic planning is not an event—it is a process of continuous improvement. Most churches fail to make plans. Or, at best, they will put ideas on paper but fail to follow through. The tyranny of the...

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Cultivate Individual Evangelism

Cultivate Individual Evangelism

3 Ways Your Church Can Cultivate Creative Individual Evangelism Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 82 In our Strategic Planning work with churches, we always start at the same place, the Great Commission.  It is the central mission of the Church for all time....

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11 Church Hospitality Tips to Serve Guests

11 Church Hospitality Tips to Serve Guests

The way you treat guests is a reflection of your practical theology. It's true. One of the Bible's deepest values is hospitality, and so if your church is aiming to be Biblical... your church must value hospitality, too! "No one greeted me." "The church was...

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The Power & Pitfalls of Metrics

The Power & Pitfalls of Metrics

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 77 We all want our churches to be healthy. We want them to bear fruit and be strong enough to hold out hope in a world that is seemingly turning against Christianity. But how healthy is your church? We all swap stories and look...

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Stop Training Your Leaders

Stop Training Your Leaders

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 76 You read that right. Stop training your leaders if you want to see better staff and volunteer performance. This sounds almost unbiblical but it has been proven in multiple business studies over multiple decades.  In this...

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Church Revitalization is not Church Growth

Church Revitalization is not Church Growth

Contrary to what some believe, church revitalization is not the same as church growth. Yes, the church may (and should) grow under your leadership during a revitalization endeavor; however, the numerical growth of a church does not mean it is revitalized or healthy....

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Nine Vital Components of Church Revitalization

Nine Vital Components of Church Revitalization

Church revitalization carries both challenges and joys.  Revitalizing a declining or plateaued church challenges the congregation, provides opportunity for change and evaluation, and will inevitably cause some growing pains in the process.  When looking to...

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A Theology of Hospitality: Say No to Bad Coffee

A Theology of Hospitality: Say No to Bad Coffee

Good coffee matters, and so does your theology of hospitality. A few years ago, I was put in charge of making the coffee at my church for a small group event in the summer. I’m the master of making coffee in my own home with my own coffee pot. I’ve got the...

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Four Challenges Hispanic Churches Face

Four Challenges Hispanic Churches Face

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 75 Spanish is the second most spoken native language in the world. While English is more widespread because it’s often a second language, the Spanish language spreads across multiple continents. Moreover, hispanic communities in...

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Church Leaders Are the Problem

Church Leaders Are the Problem

More than 80% of churches are plateaued or in decline, and church leaders are the problem. That’s harsh, but it’s the truth. We often hear a lot of the same questions: How can my church grow?How can we reach millennials?How can we do better at discipleship?How can we...

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Reinventing the Church in Europe

Reinventing the Church in Europe

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 74 Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will return, the...

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Make Church Fun Again

Make Church Fun Again

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 72 Many would agree that, overall, 2020 was not fun.  Most would even agree that they’re pretty worn out even joking about how rough 2020 was in every facet of life.  But, what if we saw the trials and struggles of...

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The Best Presence

The Best Presence

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 69 I had circled the date on my calendar for over a year. It was a huge landmark for my career. It took every ounce of my influence and effort and hustle to make it a reality.  It was something I could hang my hat on....

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