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Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders Paperback – August 1, 2005
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As a consultant, Dr. Malphurs has invested himself and his team at The Malphurs Group (http://www.malphursgroup.com) in helping Christian leaders better serve their church and communities. His strategic planning process (found in "Advanced Strategic Planning"), approach to leadership development ("found in "Building Leaders") and church planting process (found in "Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting") form the foundation for the Malphurs Group's consulting, training, and coaching.
As a pastor, Dr. Malphurs has led three different local churches in various parts of the United States and abroad. His experience and passion for the local church help him and the Malphurs Group team to serve, equip, train, and coach those God has put in leadership over His church and other Christian organizations and businesses.
As an author and researcher, Dr. Malphurs has consulted with nationally renowned pastors, top theologians, as well as denominational leaders to craft resources and strategies to equip the church and its leaders. As a professor, Dr. Malphurs has trained and mentored thousands of students at Dallas Theological Seminary (http://www.dts.edu) as well as many other schools around the nation. His students reap the benefit of thousands of hours spent serving local churches in the US and around the world. He is the author of numerous books, including:
- Advanced Strategic Planning
- Being Leaders
- Building Leaders (co-authored with Will Mancini)
- Leading Leaders
- The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting - Outreach Magazine Leadership Resource of the Year for 2012)
- Money Matters in the Church (co-authored with Steve Stroope)
- Developing a Vision of Ministry in the Twenty-first Century
and many more.
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The book's title is somewhat overstated. Advanced Strategic Planning is really the basics of strategic planning. Malphurs's principles are very elementary. An advanced book would assume some level of prior understanding of the process. Instead, Malphurs gave his readers a detailed primer on the subject. That said, Malphurs did an excellent job of succinctly outlining the planning process. He began with a discussion of the church and leadership's readiness to commit to the strategic planning process followed by ways to stimulate creative and strategic thinking.Read more ›
As a pastor of twenty years, I wish this book had been available when I first started in ministry. I hope this title is now offered in many seminaries, because its content would be a gold mine for young, soon-to-be church leaders. Pastors, church staff members, and lay leaders, this volume is a must-have. In my opinion, it is required reading for anyone involved in church leadership.
Malphurs's introduction lays out his belief that all institutions essentially operate on a bell curve (aka "sigmoid curve" or "s-curve"), that an institution begins and experiences rapid growth in virtually all dimensions, then begins establishing routines, the routines entrench themselves and become a source of comfot to those in the organization, then the institution declines and dies. Malphurs argues that institutions (and especially the church) should, as soon as they recognize plateau, should re-invent or re-structure themselves to experience a new period of significant growth. This necessitates the re-invention and re-structuring of countless aspects of church life and organization. "Advanced Strategic Planning" takes a church through the change process in a step-by-step manner.
Throughout the book, Malphurs draws upon his wealth of experience as a pastor, interim pastor, professor, and consultant to take a church through the strategic revitalization process. He addresses many pitfalls and stagnation traps, reasserts the importance of following through on the process, and pastorally encourages the church leaders to carry on. He stresses the distinctions between values, missions, and functions in a helpful way. Most valuable for this reader, he spends much time defining and showing the importance of communicating a vision.Read more ›
The book has helpful insight into local church life expectancy and also hits home with how to arrive at a consensus in light of the general politicking that goes on in every congregation to one degree or another. Malphurs' discussion of decision making, church patriarchs, board member dynamics, and other similar observations are certainly worth the price of the book for any person currently in, or planning on, a ministry career.
The book also engages with Scripture frequently, though theological methodology is normally not a strong suite for any `practical method' book. However, I think Malphurs does well enough in his explanation of Nehemiah to use the book as a guide for a Christian church strategic planning session. I don't think you have to do any sort of biblical gymnastics to come to that conclusion, though the rebuilding of the temple by the post-exilic covenant people to worship YHWH in the Promised Land doesn't simply transfer right over either. However, that being said, I don't think he stretches it too far and I appreciated the biblical engagement and foundation.
In conclusion, I really believe this book is strongest in the areas of brainstorming and creativity for the leadership/pastoral staff of a local church.Read more ›
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An easy clear read with great language to use for my churchPublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Although the introduction at this point is somewhat dated, the point that Malphurs makes as to what his book is teaching is spot on. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris
This is a wonderful book. It was purchased for school the author relayed the information in a way that made it easy understand and grasp the concepts that were being presented. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bernadette Hampton
Pros: Very Comprehensive
Cons: You wind uo feeling unable to do it by yourself, and tempted to hire some experts...
Text contains tons of very useful and practical guidelines for church leaders and planners. A must read for developing a 21century strategic plan for your ministry.Published 23 months ago by Emmerson Jemmott