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Re:Vision: The Key to Transforming Your Church Paperback – October 21, 2014
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Still looking for the program, book, or sermon series that will turn your church around?
What if the answer to revitalizing your church is . . . you?
In a time when many pastors are jumping from church to church every few years as they search for the "right fit," churches are suffering from a lack of sustained leadership from pastors with a viable vision for ministry. Packed with field-tested advice, self-diagnostic tools, and surveys, Re:Vision takes you through a process designed to help you re-envision your role, create a culture for positive change, and recruit people to come alongside you as helpers and encouragers.
"Re:Vision serves as both a road map and a reminder for denominations, judicatories, networks, associations, and churches alike who are looking to reverse their decline and set out on a journey to revitalization."--Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources; author of Autopsy of a Deceased Church
"This book is a great addition to the church revitalization conversation. I will be recommending Re:Vision to the pastors in all of my coaching networks."--Nelson Searcy, lead pastor of The Journey Church; founder of www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com
"A fresh look at what it takes to restore churches from death to life, sickness to health, and decline to growth, based on the most up-to-date study of the characteristics of turnaround pastors. I believe it is destined to be the go-to resource for years to come."--Gary L. McIntosh, coauthor of What Every Pastor Should Know; professor, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
"Read this book. Then read it again. Then buy ten more for your pastor friends. Re:Vision is an epic work. You'll be so glad you read it."--Derwin L. Gray, lead pastor of Transformation Church; author of Limitless Life
Aubrey Malphurs (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the senior professor of leadership and pastoral ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary and founder of the Malphurs Group. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Developing a Vision for Ministry in the Twenty-first Century and Look before You Lead.
Gordon E. Penfold (DMin, Talbot Theological Seminary) is lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Holyoke, Colorado, and the director of Fresh Start Ministries, which focuses on bringing health and vitality to plateaued, declining, and conflicted congregations.
About the Author
Aubrey Malphurs (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the senior professor of leadership and pastoral ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary and founder of the Malphurs Group. He engages in church consulting and training and is the author of more than twenty ministry books, including Developing a Vision of Ministry in the Twenty-first Century and Look before You Lead. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Gordon E. Penfold (DMin, Talbot Theological Seminary) is lead pastor of First Baptist Church, a multiethnic church in Holyoke, Colorado, and the director of Fresh Start Ministries. Fresh Start focuses on bringing health and vitality to plateaued, declining, and conflicted congregations. He also engages in church consulting and leadership development with pastors and denominations in the US, Eastern Europe, and Eastern Asia.
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Professor Malphurs has written a number of books on church renewal and Pastor Penfold writes with the precision of an engineer (which is his original training) and the heart of a veteran pastor of 35 years experience with a love for the Church and God's people. The book zeroes in on the pastor as key to turning around churches and also notes the lack of leadership training in too many Bible Colleges and Seminaries. The authors also offer encouragement at a time many pastors are suffering from fatigue and lack of support. Great are the pastors responsibilities but far greater are the resources of God Almighty.
Chapter 10 is worth the price of the book. It is titled: "How to Create and Cast a Compelling Vision." Two illustrations stand out. One is the vision of Walt Disney for Disney World before it was built. Another is Robert Kennedy's saying, "Some people see things as they are and ask why; I see things the way they could be and ask why not?" The pastor who catches God's vision for their church and their part in that will believe it through as did Walt Disney and as Robert Kennedy hoped to.
The Apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome and writing Philemon, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. The world was little taking note of this as their eyes were upon Nero and the Coliseum. But God was with Paul and what is more relevant now--Nero and his regime or Paul and his letters? Derwin Gray, lead pastor of Transformation Church and author of Limitless Life calls Re:Vision an epic work that should be read and studied and passed on to many others. He is exactly right.
With the nation and the world focused on Washington, D.C. and our myriad of problems, we of faith would do well to see where God is really at work. Like Paul and his letters from prison, it often in places with fewer taking note but where the real work of renewal is taking place for Church and State. I believe God has raised up Aubrey Malphurs and Gordon Penfold "for such a time as this," and their work, Re-Vision, as part of a national awakening to "what can be" under God. May we have the vision to see it. JLP