The Church Revitalization Podcast

The Church Revitalization Podcast

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Actionable Content for Successful Church Revitalization


49: Inspecting Your Church’s Foundations Post-Covid
Aug 6 • 39 min
Churches believe that the key to growth is implementing new strategies, but what if your ministry is built on a rotten foundation? In this episode, learn the two foundational tests every church must pass to be healthy and successful. To download the free…
48: How Covid Exposed the Church
Jul 30 • 24 min
Covid-19 did not create problems for the Church, it merely exposed them and accelerated the consequences. In this episode, Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu detail the shortcomings that Covid exposed in the Church and how your church can overcome them. Read the…
47: How to Raise Your Leadership Ceiling
Jul 22 • 31 min
Have you ever felt like you’re capable to achieve more as a church leader, but feel like there is an invisible barrier holding you back? Every leader has a ceiling. This is the Peter Principle—people will rise to the level of their incompetence. In this…
46: Maximizing Your Leadership Team
Jul 14 • 23 min
Have you ever felt like you were spinning your wheels as a leadership team? You set goals but rarely accomplish them. If you want to get further as a team, you’ll need to get the best effort and results from your team. In this episode, hosts Scott Ball…
45: Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence
Jul 9 • 26 min
The best leaders understand the role that emotions play in their own lives and the lives of others. To maximize your effectiveness as a church leader, you must understand the four levels of emotional intelligence (EQ) and how to leverage them. In this…
44: Managing Ministry in the Messy Middle
Jun 23 • 26 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu share three insights into leading well during the transition back to in-person services. Read this episode’s show notes at malphursgroup.com/44.
43: Balancing Physical & Digital Ministry
Jun 15 • 45 min
In this episode, we talked with Greg Atkinson about how we can continue to engage with our congregations online even as some of our churches have begun meeting in-person again. Greg gives practical, actionable advice for churches to manage the balance…
42: Leading Your Church Through Racial Tension
Jun 10 • 82 min
The current racial tension in America is an opportunity for pastors to learn, lean-in, and lead well. In the three interviews we conducted for this episode, we began with a simple question: How would you encourage pastors to lead well through this…
41: Three Church Insights from COVID-19 Studies
May 25 • 26 min
In a world filled with overwhelming statistics, hosts Scott Ball & A.J. Mathieu cut through the noise and show you the data most relevant to your church. All of us need to make decisions based on good information. In this episode, we break down three…
40: How to Work the Wait (w/ Jason Burns)
May 18 • 33 min
Your church can and should be leveraging this moment to become more effective than ever before. In this week’s episode, we interview Jason Burns—the found of Radiant Printing and the Lead Pastor at Access Church. Jason’s unique role in leading an…
39: How to Lead with Humble Courage (w/ Michael Anthony)
May 11 • 27 min
Join hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu for an interview with Michael Anthony, author of A Call to Courage and the founder of Courage Matters. Learn how to lead with courage through this crisis, and how to lead change in your church with courage.
38: Preparing Your Volunteer Teams for Reopening
May 6 • 38 min
Reopening your campus will come with new volunteer needs and challenges. In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball & A.J. Mathieu walk you through the three-step process you need to undergo to prepare your volunteer teams for reopening. To read today’s…
37: Roadmap to Reopening
Apr 28 • 50 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball & A.J. Mathieu walk you through the three White House phases for reopening the economy, and what the implications are for churches in each phase. To read this episode’s show notes, visit malphursgroup.com/37.
36: 5 Ways to Prepare to Reopen Church
Apr 21 • 40 min
Reopening your church’s campus isn’t as simple as “going back to normal.” Now is the time start preparing and planning for a smooth reopening of your campus. In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball & A.J. Mathieu walk you through five actionable…
35: Easter Field Reports
Apr 13 • 45 min
In this special post-Easter episode, Scott Ball & A.J. Mathieu interview three North American pastors to get an Easter Field Report. Hear the wins and challenges of Easter 2020, and learn what’s on the horizon for churches like yours. Be blessed by Scott…
34: Building an Assimilation Plan for a Virtual Church
Apr 6 • 42 min
Are you ready for the hundreds of Easter guests that will “attend” your church online Do you have a clear plan for following up? Are you confident you can connect them into the life of your church beyond streaming services? In this episode, we walk you…
33: Developing a Virtual Small Groups Strategy
Apr 1 • 45 min
During the COVID-19 crisis, it is important now more than ever to develop a robust small groups ministry. Live streaming your church’s worship services is important, but leveraging a network of small groups to bring spiritual care to the individual level…
32: Leading Through Lockdown (Recorded Live)
Mar 25 • 34 min
Episode 32 of the Church Revitalization Podcast is our first in a series of “Live” podcasts. This episode was recorded live on Facebook on Monday, March 23. During this series, we are tackling urgent topics related to leading during the COVID-19 crisis.…
31: How to Navigate a Culture Change
Mar 17 • 19 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu describe the three-step process churches must go through to change their culture. The gap between your reality and your ideal vision is rooted in the need for fundamental change. This week, we walk…
30: Five Tactics to Win the Implementation Battle
Mar 11 • 30 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu share five tactics to help your church win the implementation battle. Making plans was never the biggest challenge in the revitalization process—it’s turning those dreams into reality. Scott & A.J.…
29: Developing a Crisis Logistics Plan
Mar 5 • 66 min
Given the rapidly evolving situation with the coronavirus around the world, we are releasing the full, unedited audio of a recent TMG webinar to help your church prepare for a potential crisis. Put simply, if your church had to stop meeting for a few…
28: Consequences of Rejecting Revitalization
Feb 26 • 32 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu discuss what’s at stake if your church needs revitalization but chooses not to do the work. God has a plan for your church that includes healthy, sustainable growth. That plan begins with an honest…
27: Five Risks Your Church Should Take
Feb 19 • 22 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu share five risks your church should take. All of the upside for your church is with change and risk. If your church is not experiencing the growth you expect and hope for, then there is no benefit…
26: Why Committed Christians Quit Church
Feb 12 • 37 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball & A.J. Mathieu discuss five main reasons why committed Christians quit attending church. In this episode, we specifically discuss the five most common reasons previously active churchgoers provide for why they quit…
25: DNA of an Unfriendly Church
Feb 5 • 36 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball & A.J. Mathieu do a deep dive into the DNA of an Unfriendly Church. In this episode, we specifically discuss the seven most common expressions of unfriendliness in an inwardly-focused and unfriendly church. Being…
24: When Is The Best Time to Start a Strategic Planning Process?
Jan 29 • 33 min
Welcome to episode 24 of the Church Revitalization Podcast. In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu discuss when is the best time of year to do a strategic planning process. Churches often wonder if there is a best or worst time of year…
23: The Revitalized Church
Jan 21 • 24 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu share what a Revitalized Church looks like. Using Ezekiel 37 as a framework, we detail the four main outcomes of a revitalized church. To read today’s show notes and to share this episode with your…
22: How to Know If You’re Ready to Lead a Revitalization Process
Jan 15 • 26 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu share three ways you can know that you are ready to lead your church through revitalization. While a structure and a process for revitalization are important, it’s truly all about leadership. Are…
21: Three Common Revitalization Mistakes
Jan 6 • 28 min
On this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu share the three most common mistakes churches make in the revitalization process. While every church and every situation is unique, the pitfalls in revitalization are common. In this episode, we’ll…
20: 2020 Ministry Trends
Dec 31, 2019 • 37 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu share the ten trends that are going to drive church ministry in 2020. As we look at the year ahead, there are key shifts in churches and in the culture that are going to impact nearly every…
19: The God of Revitalization
Dec 23, 2019 • 19 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu reflect on God’s promises to be with us as we commit to the work of revitalization. This devotional-style, Christmas week episode is meant to inspire and encourage you in your calling as a…
18: How to Recruit a Healthy Church Board
Dec 18, 2019 • 34 min
In this week’s episode, host A.J. Mathieu talks with Malphurs Group C.E.O. Ron Donnini about how to identify the right leaders to serve on your senior leadership board or council. Your congregation will never outpace the health of your senior leadership.…
How to Evaluate Leaders: Staff, Board, & Volunteers
Dec 10, 2019 • 29 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu share the three types of assessment you can use to help your leaders become more effective. In this episode, we share why evaluation is so important and how you can leverage three specific types of…
16: Moving People from Sitting to Serving
Dec 2, 2019 • 23 min
In this week’s episode hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu give you 3 actionable, high-leverage tactics to help you recruit more volunteers in your church. Most churches struggle to get enough volunteers. In this episode, we walk you through the three…
15: Top Five Ways to Thank Your Team
Nov 25, 2019 • 17 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu share five of the best ways you can show your team of volunteers and staff how much you appreciate them. Every thriving ministry relies upon a team of volunteers and leaders that share the ministry…
14: How to End Ministries Without Ending Yours
Nov 18, 2019 • 35 min
On this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu take you step-by-step through a proven process for ending ineffective ministries without getting fired. Churches that don’t end ineffective ministries will never reach their full potential. By the…
13: How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Ministries
Nov 11, 2019 • 31 min
On this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu show you three filters you can apply to evaluate the effectiveness of your church’s ministries and programs. Churches rarely take a closer look to ensure their ministries are moving the church…
12: Shifting From Failing Ministry Programs to a Thriving Discipleship Pathway
Nov 4, 2019 • 32 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu explore how to shift from being program-driven to pathway-driven. Attendance in churches down, and regular-attenders show up less often. In response, most churches develop new programs and re-brand…
11: Leveraging Your Facility for Growth
Oct 29, 2019 • 43 min
Have you ever wondered if your facility is turning guests away? On this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu dive deep into what it takes to make a great first impression. These practical, actionable tips will get your facility guest-ready.…
10: Assessing Your Digital Presence
Oct 22, 2019 • 28 min
Welcome to Episode 10 of the Church Revitalization Podcast. This week hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu explore why your digital presence is central to reaching your community for Christ. A.J. and Scott walk you through how to assess 8 key elements on…
9: Developing a Rhythm of Outreach w/ Jason Daye
Oct 17, 2019 • 35 min
This week, host A.J. Mathieu interviews Jason Daye, the Vice President of Mobilization at Outreach, Inc—the company behind many of the resources you know like Outreach magazine, ChurchLeaders.com, SermonCentral.com, and more. In this week’s episode, A.J.…
8: Eliminating Unhealthy Values from Your Church
Oct 7, 2019 • 17 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball & A.J. Mathieu talk about how to eliminate unhealthy values from your church that are holding you back. The biggest factor in the difference between successful and failed revitalization processes is not in making a…
7: Core Values: The Good, Bad, & Aspirational
Sep 30, 2019 • 33 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu talk about the vital role of core values in the church. Most of the time, churches are unaware of the influence that their values have on their congregation. A.J. and Scott walk you through a…
6: Tips for Crafting a Mission Statement
Sep 24, 2019 • 21 min
In this week’s episode, hosts A.J. Mathieu and Scott Ball talk about the nuts and bolts of crafting a mission statement. It can be intimidating to stare at a blank page with your team, and say, “Ok, let’s write a mission statement!” Where do you start?…
5: The Role of Mission in Revitalization
Sep 16, 2019 • 16 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu talk about the vital role that mission plays in a successful revitalization process. Most church are not new to the idea of mission or having a mission statement, but very few are living on…
4: Assessing Your Church’s Health
Sep 9, 2019 • 23 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu talk about the importance of assessing your church’s health before beginning a revitalization process. In order to move forward in a healthy way, you have to understand where you are right now: the…
3: Empowering Your Revitalization Team
Sep 2, 2019 • 15 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu walk you through the need to empower your revitalization team for success. Many congregations struggle with church revitalization because they don’t know how to manage the red tape of committees,…
2: Building Your Revitalization Team
Aug 23, 2019 • 21 min
In this week’s episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu discuss three principles to apply when building your revitalization team. The Revitalization process only works when it’s a team effort, and you are building consensus along the way. A.J. and Scott…
1: Is Our Church Ready for Revitalization?
Aug 23, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode, hosts Scott Ball and A.J. Mathieu discuss three factors to consider when asking, “Is our church ready for revitalization?” Too often, we press the gas without counting the cost. Other times, we’re too timid to ever get things moving. A.J.…