- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books; 3 edition (June 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801014557
- ISBN-13: 978-0801014550
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st-Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders 3rd Edition
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About the Author
Aubrey Malphurs (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Senior Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership and Pastoral Ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary and President of the Malphurs Group. He engages in church consulting, training and speakin
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Anyone wishing to learn the art and science of church consulting will recognize this book for the invaluable resource that it is. It stands without peer in its field. Dr. Malphurs continually pours his newest, freshest research and years of skill and practice into each update. This book is a dissertation on how to diagnose and treat churches in need of strategic envisioning.
Our daughter has a class in Russian history this fall. I am reading along from my old textbook. One thing that stands out to me from the Soviet Era is the abject failure of strategic planning that the Soviet central leaders attempted every five years. Strategic envisioning is different from strategic planning. It is more flexible for the rapid changes we live with in our time.
Strategic envisioning recognizes that if we plan for five years out and circumstances change in six months, we need a new plan. Attempting to accomplish something based on faulty or unrealistic planning is foolish. The Soviet Union's demise is instructive for church work on so many levels.
The three parts of the book are:
Part 1: Prepare to Sail! The Preparation for Strategic Planning
Part 2: Set the Course! The Process of Strategic Planning
Part 3: Pursue the Course! The Practice of Strategic Planning
Appendixes include inventories, surveys, audits, evaluations, commitments, and worksheets to assist in the different parts of the planning process. Many of these are useful stand-alone tools.
Every pastor and church consultant needs this book. Read it, learn from it, return to it frequently. Feel free to try to read it straight through. I'm betting you can't do it, either.
This review is my opinion and it is truly what I believe about this product. Thank you for reading my review. Please give it a thumbs up if it was helpful to you! :)
I am giving it a 4 not because the amount that the whole book enriched my life, but because in the sections that did help me, I found it to be a great help. This book will cover all aspects of strategic planning. Be prepared to pick and choose what you read.