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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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How to Use Systems Thinking to Reach Your Vision

How to Use Systems Thinking to Reach Your Vision

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 174 More churches articulate a vision than reach one. In fact, the number of churches that actually make progress towards their goals are small. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by obstacles to change, the tyranny of the urgent,...

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Expecting Revitalization: Showing Love

Expecting Revitalization: Showing Love

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 171 “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” -John 15:13 Relatively speaking, few have done that or been put in the position to have to make that choice. Of course our Savior did that...

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Expecting Revitalization: Creating a Culture of Joy

Expecting Revitalization: Creating a Culture of Joy

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 170 This past weekend, I had the opportunity to be on-site with a church that I started working with three years ago, Cape Carteret Baptist Church. They’ve occasionally made it into the anecdotes on this podcast, and I...

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Advent: Peace

Advent: Peace

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 169 *This week's episode of the podcast was written and recorded prior to the passing of Dr. Aubrey Malphurs. You can read a statement from our TMG team here. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of...

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Remembering Dr. Malphurs and Continuing His Legacy

Remembering Dr. Malphurs and Continuing His Legacy

The board of directors and leadership of The Malphurs Group announced today that its founder, Dr. Aubrey Malphurs, has died at the age of 78. Aubrey Milton Malphurs was born on February 20, 1944, and was raised in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Malphurs attended Dallas...

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Expecting Revitalization: Reason for Hope

Expecting Revitalization: Reason for Hope

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 168 Advent, at its heart, is a season of expectation. When we celebrate Advent, we remember the fulfillment of God’s promises in the birth of Jesus–but we also embrace the sense of expectation for Christ’s imminent Return....

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New Data: Religious Trends in America

New Data: Religious Trends in America

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 166 It’s not news that the Church is declining in the United States and that fewer people are identifying as Christian, but Pew Research recently released the findings of a study showing the trendline of Christian decline...

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Four Common Barriers to Strategy Implementation

Four Common Barriers to Strategy Implementation

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 164 Making plans is fun. Following through is hard. Most churches fail before they even begin the implementation journey because they did not account for the barriers. It’s like starting a road trip with a car full of kids...

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How Pastors Can Leverage Their Public Trust

How Pastors Can Leverage Their Public Trust

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 163 Is that chart as surprising to you as it was to me? We’re definitely not imaging that the United States is less Christian-centric than it was 50 years ago. Or even 10 years ago. Many countries around the world have felt...

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Four Skills You Didn’t Learn in Seminary

Four Skills You Didn’t Learn in Seminary

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 162 Seminary is a wonderful place to learn how to preach a sermon and study Scripture. Undoubtedly, these are critical skills for successful ministry. But historically, seminaries are less useful for learning leadership...

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Six Biblical Signs of a Revitalized Church

Six Biblical Signs of a Revitalized Church

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 161 A revitalized church is a powerful force.  Before a church is revitalized, its life dwindles, and death looms. These churches have a fading view of a once bright past, and it gives way to robotic monotony, apathy,...

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How to Start a Church Podcast

How to Start a Church Podcast

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 160 Does the world really need another podcast? It seems like everyone has a podcast these days–including The Malphurs Group! While starting a podcast isn’t for everyone, there is still plenty of room in the so-called...

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How to Hire Good Church Staff

How to Hire Good Church Staff

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 159 Finding the right candidate for a church staff opening is difficult. Whether you’re trying to find a new senior pastor or a part-time children’s ministry director, the cost of hiring the wrong person is steep. But most...

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Sunday School vs Small Groups

Sunday School vs Small Groups

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 158 It’s the heavyweight title fight of church discipleship ministries. Perhaps second only to church “worship wars” between traditional and contemporary music, the battle between Sunday School and Small Groups has been...

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5 Dysfunctional Habits of Unhealthy Church Boards

5 Dysfunctional Habits of Unhealthy Church Boards

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 157 The church rises and falls on the quality of leadership at the top.  A large number of churches I’ve worked with over the years have been congregationally-led. They have myriad committees–finance, personnel, the...

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The Problem of Too Many Ministries

The Problem of Too Many Ministries

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 155 Church doesn’t need to be complicated, but sometimes it ends up that way. Having a few primary ministries that are well thought out and intential can be much more successful than a large menu of options. We refer to the...

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Three Common Reasons Churches Contact a Consultant

Three Common Reasons Churches Contact a Consultant

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 154 The Malphurs Group Ministry has been in existence for over 20 years, beginning back in the 1990’s when Dr. Malphurs began consulting with churches who would contact him after reading one of his many books on church...

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What Every Pastor Should Know Every Week

What Every Pastor Should Know Every Week

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 153 If you’re a pastor, you’re a leader. Every leader has to make decisions, and good decisions are made from good information. There are helpful things that every pastor should know every week. We call that collection of...

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Why Millennials Are Leaving Their Faith & How to Fix It

Why Millennials Are Leaving Their Faith & How to Fix It

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 152 Millennials are the most religiously unaffiliated generation in American history. But they're not atheists or agnostics. A study by Barna Group found that 74% of Millennials believe God exists, and almost half say they...

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How to Break Free from the Status Quo

How to Break Free from the Status Quo

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 150 Pastors who desire to lead their churches through the change process are constantly sensitive to the various windows of opportunity; they develop “opportunity eyes”. The leaders of change must be proactive; they must act...

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