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Six Burning Revitalization Questions

Six Burning Revitalization Questions

In “Burning Revitalization Questions,” Scott and A.J. take turns posing three hot-button questions each, sparking lively discussions and sharing their unfiltered hot takes.

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Is Pastoral Care the Primary Role of the Pastor?

Is Pastoral Care the Primary Role of the Pastor?

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 196 The following article is published as Appendix C in Dr. Malphurs Book, Being Leaders. God has allowed me not only to teach leadership at Dallas Seminary, but to minister in numerous churches and denominations as a...

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Breaking Down Rick Warren and The SBC

Breaking Down Rick Warren and The SBC

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 195 It’s been said that any publicity is good publicity, but when it comes to the Church, nothing could be further from the truth. The Southern Baptist Convention has had quite a year. I’m sure most involved parties would...

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Who Has the Power in the Church?

Who Has the Power in the Church?

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 194 Originally published in the book Leading Leaders by Dr. Aubrey Malphurs Church leadership boards as well as others in the church must be aware of individual and corporate power and the roles that each plays in church...

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Building Consensus for Change

Building Consensus for Change

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 193 It’s a frustrating position to be in, thinking you’re the only one that wants to see positive change in your church. That might really be the case, or it may just be that nobody has yet dared broach the topic. It might...

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Five Ways to Disciple Men

Five Ways to Disciple Men

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 192 Discipling men is hard. I’ve not yet worked with the church that said, “We don’t really have a women’s ministry, but we have a huge men’s ministry!” But I have heard about many great women’s ministries. Usually the men’s...

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Anatomy of a Bad Sermon

Anatomy of a Bad Sermon

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 191 Not every job requires you to prepare a 25+ minute, fully-researched, professional presentation every single week. In fact, some people go their entire careers and never have to get in front of a crowd of people and...

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Five Volunteer Recruitment Tactics

Five Volunteer Recruitment Tactics

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 190 How many times have you said, “We don’t have enough volunteers” in the last year? I’m going to guess you’ve said it, or at least thought that, at least once a month for as long as you can remember! This is among the most...

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Breaking Free From Sunday Morning Apathy

Breaking Free From Sunday Morning Apathy

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 188 Have you ever looked around your worship center on a Sunday morning, and people aren’t singing along? Or noticed people scrolling their phones during your sermon? Or–the absolute worst–seeing someone start to doze off...

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Moving to One Service: 5 Things You Need to Know

Moving to One Service: 5 Things You Need to Know

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 187 It is, unfortunately, a reality for many churches that you have to consider dropping a Sunday worship service because of attendance decline. If your church is in the opposite situation and thinking about launching a...

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The Leader as Spiritual Mentor

The Leader as Spiritual Mentor

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 184 Church leaders serve various functions within the church, but there are certain capabilities or competencies that are essential to leaders at any level and of any function. We call these core competencies. Regardless of...

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The Dark Side of Leadership: 5 Emotional Disorders

The Dark Side of Leadership: 5 Emotional Disorders

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 183 Being elevated to a leadership position does not make anyone immune to being emotionally unhealthy. Likewise, leadership promotions should not be taken as an affirmation of a clean bill of emotional health. If so, we’d...

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What Kind of Evangelical Are You?

What Kind of Evangelical Are You?

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 182 In this episode, Scott and I explore the diverse landscape of American evangelicalism by taking a quiz based on an article by Mere Orthodoxy called "The Six Way Fracturing of Evangelicalism." Of the six categories...

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Five Things You Need to Know About Moving to Two Services

Five Things You Need to Know About Moving to Two Services

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 181 Being part of a growing church is a lot of fun. For many in ministry, this isn’t your experience. But by God’s grace, as your church pursues revitalization, you’ll have to deal with growing pains. One of the most common...

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Five Sermon Series Ideas for Revitalizing Churches

Five Sermon Series Ideas for Revitalizing Churches

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 180 A common question that we as Malphurs Group Guides get from pastors that we work with is “Do you have any suggestions for sermon topics that will help with revitalization?” Generally, the answer is to preach through the...

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What’s Happening at Asbury University?

What’s Happening at Asbury University?

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 178 What does “revival” even mean? Is that what is happening at Asbury University? Subscribe below to never miss an episode. Last week, what would have been a typical chapel service at Asbury...

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Get Things Done: How to Design an Action Plan That Works

Get Things Done: How to Design an Action Plan That Works

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 177 AAAAAAAND ACTION!  If I had to choose one word that defines a church that thrives over a church that dies, it would be “action.” Dying churches are stagnant, and thriving churches are full of life. The difference is...

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How Good Is an A.I. Sermon?

How Good Is an A.I. Sermon?

How Artificial Intelligence Will Shape the Church The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 176 The news has been filled with stories of the amazing things that artificial intelligence (AI) can do. In recent months, we’ve seen everything from digital images to whole...

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Five Lies Churches Tell Themselves

Five Lies Churches Tell Themselves

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 175 Honesty is always the best policy, and not just in our interactions with others. We need to be honest with ourselves. We certainly understand the motivations behind the list you’ll find below. Human nature often leads us...

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