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Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders Paperback – August 1, 2005
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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 ›
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Aubrey Malphurs loves audits of every kind, loves numbered steps to process, loves numbering things in general, and loves to lose the forest through the trees. Read morePublished 9 days ago by infantry292
An easy clear read with great language to use for my churchPublished 6 months 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 8 months ago by Chris
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 on March 18, 2014 by Emmerson Jemmott