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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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Clarity Drives Ministry

Clarity Drives Ministry

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 68 Want to see greater clarity in your ministry, a more productive staff, and an increased impact?  Communicate clearly. Lack of clarity in communication to ministry leaders delays effective church ministry.  As Donald Miller...

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Is Your Church Healthy?

Is Your Church Healthy?

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 67 “Is your church healthy?” is not intended to be a rhetorical question.  Every church leader should constantly be asking it of their ministry.  Some say “no”, but most say “yes.”  When asked why they think their...

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Building Your Schedule to Build Your Church

Building Your Schedule to Build Your Church

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 66 An uncomfortable truth about leadership is that our churches and organizations are an exact reflection of how we lead them. If you’re dissatisfied with the results you’re getting, look inward before blaming external factors....

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Three Creative Christmas Outreach Ideas

Three Creative Christmas Outreach Ideas

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 65 Looking for some pandemic-proof ways to reach your community this Christmas Season? Look no further. We've put together three "out-of-the-box" ideas that your church could do without a big expense or need for tons of...

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Why Your Church Isn’t Developing Leaders

Why Your Church Isn’t Developing Leaders

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 64 Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from Building Leaders: Blueprints for Developing Leadership at Every Level of Your Church by Aubrey Malphurs and Will Mancini. To purchase the book, click here. Many authors use the term...

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Future-Proof Church Metrics

Future-Proof Church Metrics

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 63 Our Guide team here at TMG has noticed a recurrence in the conversations we have with pastors over the last several months.  In the first few minutes of nearly every meeting with a new church contact, we’ll inevitably...

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There Is Only One Winning Campaign

There Is Only One Winning Campaign

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 62 In 2009 I entered the political world with a run for elected office and won. I spent the next five years in a whirlwind of government meetings, travel, legislation, political campaigns, writing, and strategy to win support...

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Bailing on Bad Polity – Part 2

Bailing on Bad Polity – Part 2

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 61 Unhealthy leadership structures will cost you dearly. I know this truth from personal experience, and chances are, you do too. If you’re fortunate enough to only experienced healthy church leadership, understand that your...

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Bailing on Bad Polity – Part 1

Bailing on Bad Polity – Part 1

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 60 Have you ever left a church leadership meeting and wanted to quit church altogether? Dysfunctional leadership is a common problem. In fact, for every church with a healthy leadership structure, there are likely dozens with...

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To Hire or Not to Hire

To Hire or Not to Hire

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 59 The unique challenges of the Covid pandemic highlighted how churches must reallocate personnel dollars in the future. As more ministry shifts online, churches will need to beef-up their digital ministry staffing....

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Building a Better Budget

Building a Better Budget

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 58 Budgeting your church's finances is rarely anyone's favorite thing to do, but it takes money to do ministry. Many people think that money is a "necessary evil" in the church, but money in and of itself is neither good nor...

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Foundations of First Impressions

Foundations of First Impressions

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 57 Making a good first impression never goes out of style. But seasons change, and so should the way we work at connecting with people. Our guest this week was Greg Atkinson, founder of the First Impressions Conference, running...

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Overcoming Stalled Leadership

Overcoming Stalled Leadership

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 56 Too many pastors find themselves discouraged, and their ministry doesn't match what they thought it would be when they started their ministry. In this episode, we explore critical steps you can take to jumpstart your calling...

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Growing Your Groups Ministry Despite the Pandemic

Growing Your Groups Ministry Despite the Pandemic

When the Covid crisis hit, every church made the pivot to online everything: online worship, online groups, online prayer. And while online services have primarily hit their stride (if your online worship is tanking, read this), small group ministries have struggled...

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Planning Now For 2021

Planning Now For 2021

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 54 Too many churches have responded to what 2020 has thrown at them with paralyzation. Deer in headlights come to mind. In the line of sight of a threat, no action. It's certain death! Those headlights are masking a four-ton...

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A Time For Choosing Vision Instead Of Egypt

A Time For Choosing Vision Instead Of Egypt

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 53 The Lord never wastes time.  He may take up time, more than we would wish for, but He is always moving forward with His vision for His people and His Church.  The last 40 years of Moses’ life were spent living out God’s...

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Overcoming Ministry Fatigue

Overcoming Ministry Fatigue

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 52 Pastors are struggling with exhaustion, frustration, and overwhelm. It feels like you are fighting a battle you cannot win, and for every two steps you take forward, 2020 knocks you back three steps. Recent news stories have...

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Five Ways to Boost Your Online Engagement

Five Ways to Boost Your Online Engagement

Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 51 In this episode of the podcast, we're sharing the webinar we presented on boosting online engagement. You can watch the video of the full webinar on YouTube, stream the podcast audio below, or subscribe. March 15, 2020 was...

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Decluttering Your Ministry Garage

Decluttering Your Ministry Garage

The greatest barrier to making disciples is a lack of intentionality in our ministry. Given time, churches accumulate ministries and programs. It's inevitable. Pastor John from thirty years ago started the gospel quartet. They perform once a year on a Sunday and at...

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