() in helping Christian leaders better serve their church and communities. His strategic planning process (found in “Advanced. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Malphurs, Aubrey. Advanced strategic planning: a 21st-century model for church and ministry leaders /. Of all those books, Advanced Strategic Planning by Aubrey Malphurs (Founder of The Malphurs Group) would be one of the top two.

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Nathan Carter rated it liked it May 20, It does no good to rev your engine without a destination– Malphurs refers to pastors and leaders in the church in the revitalization process as “navigators,” an analogy he uses throughout the text. Dec 06, Robby Eckard rated it really liked it. The Power of Vision: The various sections are malphure up of counsel on choosing the team for each process, how to go about each process, and putting the results for each process in writing.

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Now in its second edition, this practical resource offers – a nine-step strategic thinking and acting model – useful ideas for developing a strategy – diagrams to help illustrate concepts – a new chapter on spiritual formation This updated edition places a stronger emphasis on disciplemaking and clarifies answers to nine fundamental strtegic questions. Morag Smith rated it liked it Jan 24, Yet in Malphurs text steategic recommends working together with a group of leaders who each decide what they envision for their church, and then these cards are passed to the leader who then incorporates all of the visions into one compelling and challenging vision.

Kyle Lundquist rated it really liked it Dec 23, strztegic Noah Schumacher rated it liked it Nov 22, That is odd given his background and the range of churches with whom his consultancy has worked. Appendix A is a good questionnaire to gauge both the pastor’s and the church’s readiness for change– don’t invest in the process unless it has some probability of becoming reality.

Malphurs is weak on a biblical stratfgic to polity, opting for efficiency rather than biblical precedent.


While I felt well-prepared for approaching this responsibility in areas such as preaching and teaching, leadership in general was an area I felt I needed personal growth. It will certainly address the question most pastors want to know: I think we’d have far more effective churches if we all plqnning something like this.

Apr 09, Tim rated it really liked it Shelves: In fact, if I were going to have one advancfd book for strategic leadership, it would probably be this one. Paperbackpages. I will certainly use this resource over and strategi again mapphurs my ministry.

However, the first half of the book I really liked as an introduction to strategic planning for churches who are looking to revitalize. I’m writing this review from the standpoint of a finance committee chairperson in a small-church context.

I will recommend it to other pastors and seminary professors I know. If a member is not in agreement the basic values, he may need to do some soul-searching.

A 21st-Century Model for Church and Ministry He lives in Dallas, Texas. To do this process effectively requires a consultant, which the author a consultant reminds us of throughout.

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God calls leaders, gives them a vision which fits within the universal mission of the church found in the Great Commission, and the result is a thriving and living ministry which is led by God, driven by God through his chosen and anointed leadership to accomplish whatever he desires. Refresh and try again. I’ll be keeping this in my personal stash for years to come.

Want to Read saving…. He creates a process which any self-proclaimed leader can attempt to duplicate and feel as if he or she is following the method which will save their church or ministry when they actually are trying to make a puppet breathe.

Aug 10, Danny Bennett rated it it was ok Shelves: Other editions – View all Advanced Strategic Planning: But unfortunately, any leader can follow Malphurs process and likely generate some excitement and direction which they may use to produce plahning measure of productivity, but as this writer mentions and Barna among others assert, this is not plqnning way in which God had historically lead his church.


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He even agrees on page that there is no Scripture that says that any church passed out a performance appraisal, but that malphura not keep us from doing it anyways. For example, in the second section Malphurs argues for a church discovering their core values, purpose, mission, and vision. Sep 12, Susan rated it really liked it.

Aaron Bolin rated it liked it Mar 07, Regal, It will provide a great tool for self-evaluation and for evaluating the place God may be calling you to serve.

If a pastor isn’t willing to commit years to see the effort through, isn’t a perpetual optimist, does not handle conflict resolution well, and cannot consistently articulate the vision of the church then he shouldn’t even start down the road.

Every ministry should fall under these over-reaching guidelines or they cannot be said to be biblical.

Revitalization should include an effort to become more biblical in issues of membership and church discipline, which Malphurs does not address. Part two lays out the specifics for how to do strategic planning. Skip to main content.

Help Center Find new research papers in: It’s one thing to plateau or decline in heavy persecution, another to decline because your church no longer serves your community or devotes its resources to programs that don’t match up with the vision and mission of the plannig. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Really good step by step for developing strategiic and evaluation in ministry. Then feel free to combine tasks and categories where they make sense. It is obvious that Malphurs has spent a great deal of years listening to the various reasons why people may not feel every phase is essential for healthy church growth.