the Church Revitalization Podcast

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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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How to Improve Your Worship Music

How to Improve Your Worship Music

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 149 Poor worship music during a Sunday morning service is difficult to overcome. While music and worship style are not the primary factor in determining if a guest returns or not, bad music is still likely to keep guests...

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Building A Healthy Leadership Development Process

Building A Healthy Leadership Development Process

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 148 Are leaders born or made? Yes! There are certainly people who are born with characteristics that allow them to rise to the top of organizations and perform at high levels. We also believe, though, that people with lesser...

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5 Warning Signs Your Church Needs Revitalization

5 Warning Signs Your Church Needs Revitalization

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 147 What are the early signals that your church needs revitalization? God designed your church to accomplish a specific purpose. Whenever a congregation begins to slow down in accomplishing that purpose, or starts to pursue...

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Overturning Roe: Three Responses the Church Must Take

Overturning Roe: Three Responses the Church Must Take

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 146 Friday, June 24, 2022 will be a date long remembered as the nearly 50-year precedent of upholding abortion as a constitutional right in the United States was overturned. 50 years. That’s a long time. So long, in fact,...

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Top 7 Reasons Pastors Consider Quitting

Top 7 Reasons Pastors Consider Quitting

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 145 It’s been well-documented that the tenure of pastors has been decreasing for some time now. A recent Barna study looked into some reasons that pastors consider quitting, and we think there are solutions to these issues. ...

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Ministering as a Couple

Ministering as a Couple

The Church Revitalization Podcast - Episode 144 By Pastors Matt & Heidi Messner If marriage isn’t difficult enough, try doing ministry together. Even if you both do not have a vocational ministry position, if your spouse is “in ministry” then you are highly...

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