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10 Ways Pastors Balance Life and Ministry in Their Schedules

10 Ways Pastors Balance Life and Ministry in Their Schedules

I’m addicted to seeking advice from older, wiser, spiritually-healthy pastors—those with godly attitudes and a long history of balance, healthy families, and personal fruit. Of the many questions I like to ask, this one is my favorite: “How do you build your ‘normal’...

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5 Things You Must Do Before You Plant a Church

5 Things You Must Do Before You Plant a Church

“I think I want to start a church one day. Where do I start? What should I be doing now?” This is a frequent question that comes from potential church planters. I think it's awesome that so many people are interested in church planting. It takes work, but it's worth...

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6 Steps to Building a Leadership Pipeline in Your Church

6 Steps to Building a Leadership Pipeline in Your Church

Leadership pipeline development in churches isn't a new fad or trend that only applies to multi-site or church planting contexts. A church's leadership pipeline cultivates the God-given spiritual gifts and abilities each person has. It requires a redesign or...

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9 Tips for Effective Church Technology

9 Tips for Effective Church Technology

I’ve spent the last 18 years supporting small business computer networks. Most things crossover well into effective church technology; however, special considerations do exist for church networks. Every entity is budget conscious when it comes to technology, but...

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5 Warning Signs of Narcissistic Leadership

5 Warning Signs of Narcissistic Leadership

I came across a quiz the other day that tested if you could identify if a quote was from Kanye West or Jean Ralphio Saperstein from Parks and Recreation. I only got six correct. How well can you identify narcissistic individuals? And what does that have to do with...

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4 Ways to Use Vision to Recruit Church Volunteers

4 Ways to Use Vision to Recruit Church Volunteers

Vision seems to be a popular word these days...and for good reason. Vision excites people and motivates them to get involved. Ever wonder how you can use vision to recruit church volunteers? Take a moment and consider these 4 ways to use vision to recruit church...

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10 Ways Privilege Hurts The Church

10 Ways Privilege Hurts The Church

Privilege hurts the church. It robs us of what God intended for us. It stands in stark contrast to the life of Jesus. In Philippians 2:5-11 we read a powerful example of how Jesus set aside his privilege(s) for you and I. ...who though he existed in the form of...

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7 Steps to Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church

7 Steps to Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church

The great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.” Despite his valiant efforts, little has changed over these many years. Becoming a multi-ethnic...

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5 Steps Towards Normalizing the Multi-Ethnic Church

5 Steps Towards Normalizing the Multi-Ethnic Church

We live in a large metropolitan area where there are churches of every kind within walking distance from most of our homes. Many of those are what we call "multi-ethnic". One that I will particularly focus on is near the heart of Dallas proper. Their stated mission,...

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The Need for Church Planting and Revitalization

The Need for Church Planting and Revitalization

The strategic emphasis in most denominational or network circles is on church planting. I suspect that few would disagree with this, as it builds up new church bodies, expands the impact in communities, and reaches larger amounts of individuals. After all some...

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Baptizing Your Church Through Revitalization

Baptizing Your Church Through Revitalization

Statisticians generally agree that church attendance in America is on the decline.  This issue remains challenging to understand, yet also carries just as many opinions on correcting it, as there are writers willing to confirm it. While views on church growth vary,...

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Are You Ready for Church Revitalization?

Are You Ready for Church Revitalization?

Revitalization: To give new life to; to give vitality or vigor. Reading this definition makes me tired! But...it also causes me to reflect on the churches we have served recently; churches that cry for someone to step in and give a hand in order to regain some margin;...

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Making an Impact Through Ministries to Women

Making an Impact Through Ministries to Women

The availability and variety of ministries to women that exist today are exponentially more than what I found when I was a new believer and getting more involved in church. Our church hosted women’s Bible studies, women's luncheons, and the majority of us worked...

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20 Things You Should Know About Your Pastor

20 Things You Should Know About Your Pastor

Pastors work hard to serve God's people. Many things they do or feel may go unnoticed. Or you may not even realize pastors have these thoughts. Here are 20 things you should know about your pastor. These are true about most pastors I know. I've followed each statement...

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What is a Leadership Pipeline?

What is a Leadership Pipeline?

When we use the term leadership pipeline, we need to define exactly what we mean if we value clarity. Otherwise, we may assume that we know and agree on what we're talking about when we don't. What is a leadership pipeline? A leadership pipeline is another term for...

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9 Obstacles to Effective Communication in the Church

9 Obstacles to Effective Communication in the Church

Few people know how to deliver effective communication in the church. With all the choices and options we have today, how does one know the best way to ensure the congregation gets the right information? If you struggle with this, you are not alone. You may have...

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Youth are the Future of the Church

Youth are the Future of the Church

Everywhere I go, I ask people when they came to faith and nearly everybody says before the age of 20. Why, then, do churches tend to focus on adult (or senior adult!) ministries and let ministry to kids fall to the wayside?

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3 Critical Tips for Aligning Church Staff

3 Critical Tips for Aligning Church Staff

Aligning church staff is a critical factor to having a successful ministry. When you successfully align your staff, the impact you make on the kingdom will increase substantially. The next time you prepare to hire a new staff member consider these tips for aligning...

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10 Warning Signs of a Church Plateau

10 Warning Signs of a Church Plateau

The warning light in my car came on. I couldn't believe it. You've felt that emotion too. That moment when you look down and see the warning light on. Really!? "Why did this have to happen to me today?" I asked myself. As I pulled out of the driveway with kids in...

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Turnaround Pastors and the Key to Transforming Your Church

Turnaround Pastors and the Key to Transforming Your Church

Today Baker Books is releasing Re:Vision: The Key to Transforming Your Church - a book written by me (Aubrey Malphurs) and Gordon Penfold. I would like to use this opportunity to share about the book so the Christian public in general and lead pastors and staff more...

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