The word "team" means different things to different people, and the size of your church will largely determine the group of people that come to mind when you hear the word. If you are leading a small church, your team may be a few leaders that you hold close or maybe...
If your church is going to be healthy, you’re going to have to do a few, fundament things well–which means you’ll have to end some ministries. Here is how to end ministries without it ending your ministry.
Most churches have been doing the same things over and over for a long time and never really think about how effective the ministry is. Here are 3 filters you can apply to assess the effectiveness of your church’s ministries.
The solution to declining attendance is developing a clear pathway for making and maturing disciples in your church that isn’t motivated by program growth but by spiritual growth.
Having a first-rate experience for newcomers should never be about becoming the coolest church in your town. It should always be about evangelism. This article gives you practical tips for improving your guest experience.
Your website is the 21st-century front door of your church. Here are 8 elements to consider when evaluating your website through the eyes of a guest.
In this week’s Church Revitalization Podcast, we interviewed Jason Daye from Outreach, Inc. Jason shares how valuable it is to leverage the seasons of the year to ensure that our congregations are making a consistent impact in the community.
Here’s a three-step process your church can follow to eliminate unhealthy values from your church culture.
What we often see is a disconnect between what the church said it values and what the church actually values.
Your church will never be able to be fully healthy if you do not operate out of a clearly defined mission. Aubrey Malphurs puts it this way: "You'll never do ministry that matters until you clearly articulate what matters." That's the heart of mission: understanding...
Everything starts and ends with mission. We must re-frame the conversation about mission and explore the role that mission can play in helping your church. Here’s a hint, it’s a vital role.
Guiding a church from being unhealthy to being healthy is never about giving them “tips and tricks” and taking on lots of new strategies; it’s about discovering the small number of actual solutions to their unique challenges and dysfunctions. This is why it’s important to assess your church’s health.
You’ve decided you're ready to engage in a revitalization process in your church either on your own or with an experienced, outside guide. You’ve decided on who will be a part of the team to go through the process. Ready to start? No! Don’t...
When The Malphurs Group works with a church in our Strategic Envisioning process, we guide the church through a revitalization team selection process. We want to share what we’ve learned through our years of working with churches through this process. Here are three principles for selecting members of your Revitalization Team.
Congregations must “count the cost,” and assess its readiness to change (especially if there is question) before beginning a church revitalization process.
Not everyone has the "right stuff." We often tell our children that they can be anything they want to be, but this isn't entirely true. It's a nice sentiment, but it's just false. At this point in life, my chances of being a professional football player are nil. Why?...
Declining churches often feel that they would be growing, if it weren’t for that one church down the road, but it’s time to stop blaming other churches and seeing them as competition.
The world is full of darkness. The endless news of violence, tragedy, and pain is enough to make a person never want to leave their house. We know that the world has been dark since the fall of mankind, but the darkness in our age feels even darker and more oppressive. Here are six practical things your church can do to thrive in a post-Christian world.
Out of our work and research from speaking with hundreds of churches over the last twenty years, we developed this list of “13 Deadly Sins of a Dying Church.” Our goal isn’t to critique or put down pastors and other Christian leaders but to motivate you to action.
Churches are great at filling the calendar. Most churches have no shortage of programs, events, and fellowships. Yet most churches somehow struggle to do the one thing Jesus commissioned us to do: make disciples.
When your church focuses on filling the calendar with programs over creating a streamlined Discipleship Pathway, the people in your church will never be held accountable to grow.
Here are three steps to building a discipleship pathway.
The actual values of your church determine most of the decisions you make. The problem is that what you actually value may not line-up with the statements on your website or bulletin.
Everyone wants to be healthy. At least we think we do. Then we learn what being a healthy church requires. These common characteristics of a healthy church could be applied to almost any ministry or organization. 1) They are led well. Pastors committed to...
It seems like every month someone new is announcing a new consulting group. How do you navigate the complexity? How can you be sure you have chosen the right partner? We created this list of tips you should know before hiring a church consultant.
There are a lot of well-meaning people who will try and tell you that your church can grow through the summer. Maybe your church shouldn’t try to go hard and grow through the summer (at least in terms of attendance). But maybe, instead of trying to avoid it, your church could leverage the summer slump.