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Building Leaders: Blueprints for Developing Leadership at Every Level of Your Church Paperback – March 1, 2004
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How can a Christian leader empower others to lead?
A follow up to Aubrey Malphurs' Being Leaders, the groundbreaking Building Leaders provides a biblical blueprint for finding and developing leaders who will carry on and expand the work of your church. Countering the current leadership development crisis, this book is unique in helping leaders to grow other leaders in a local church context.
Worried that you don't have time to develop leaders? You're not alone. Tight budgets, small staffs, and endless administrative duties leave many pastors feeling overwhelmed. But without continually "giving the ministry away," churches miss the opportunity to double their efforts to reach the world for Christ.
Including a leadership development guide, thought-provoking questions, and surveys, Building Leaders will help your church design a unique leadership development model regardless of its size or budget.
Aubrey Malphurs is professor of pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary. A nationally recognized expert on leadership issues, he is the author of over a dozen books and the president of The Malphurs Group (www.malphursgroup.com), a training and consulting organization.
William Mancini has a Master of Theology degree in pastoral leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary and is a consultant with John Manlove Church Marketing.
About the Author
Aubrey Malphurs is professor and chairman of the Pastoral Ministries department at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also the author of over a dozen books, including Being Leaders, as well as president of The Malphurs Group, a church-consulting firm.
Will Mancini (Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is the founder and president of Auxano (visiontogrow.com), a church consulting ministry whose mission is to navigate church leaders through growth challenges and vision clarity.
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Their main thesis or philosophy is that churches and ministers must be deliberate about recruiting, equipping, and empowering leaders at every level of leadership in the church. These different levels require different competencies and call for different types of training.
This book is valuable because (I think) most churches assume that regular attendance makes leaders. They also often establish a high bar and level of scrutiny for some leaders (e.g., deacons or elders) that discourages people from accepting the challenge, while have terribly low standards for other positions that are possibly even more crucial to the life and future of the church (anyone who will is welcome to teach the junior high boys!).
If you've never thought about the importance and mechanics of developing leaders, this is a great book for you. If you have thought about it and have some experience in leadership development, you will gain a lot from the book, but probably think it's twice as long as it needs to be :)
The authors define Leadership Development as: "the intentional process of helping established and emerging leaders at every level of ministry to assess and develop their Christian character and to acquire, reinforce, and refine their ministry knowledge and skills."
"The Quality of Leadership Affects the Quality of the Ministry"
Some of the valuable topics covered:
1. The 5 Steps in Leadership Development (Discovering, Launching, Developing, Evaluating, and Rewarding)
2. Top 5 Leadership Traits (Influence, Character, People Skills, Drive, and Intelligence)
3. Leadership Configuration (how to grow leaders from members of teams all the way to leaders of an entire purpose or age group ministry)
4. Events that Develop Leaders (Retreats, Seminars, Trainings, Appreciations, Conference, Vision Nights)
5. Processes that Develop Leaders (Apprenticing, Huddles, One-on-ones)
6. Task Skills and Relational Skills Inventory
7. 16 Training Venues Comparison Chart (comparing the 4 leader competencies, 4 training types, and 12 characteristics)
If you're looking to begin a leadership development program/system at your church or organization, this book will help you design a process that will help you exactly where you're at. Start implementing the next steps found in this book immediately and watch the process become a part of your new culture of how you grow your people.
This book, for all its merits, is not an easy-read. Malphurs is extremely detailed and thorough as he examines the leadership building process for the local church. Still, any pastor serious about developing leaders in his congregation should not be without it.