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Recommended Reading on Strategic Planning

Wayne Hedlund
The list author says: "Following is a list of books I would highly recommend to churches of any size to help bring focused thinking to your team and encourage a culture of strategic planning."
Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Out-think Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change
Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Out-think Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change
"This book will walk you through the five basic elements of Strategic Planning. If you get hold of these steps you will be able to apply them to every area of your life and ministry. A MUST READ."
Seven Practices of Effective Ministry (North Point Resources)
Seven Practices of Effective Ministry (North Point Resources)
"This book probably played the biggest role in getting our team motivated, on the same page, and moving towards an effective ministry plan."
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
"This book helped us make sure our leadership team understood the "rules of engagement" as we work together towards a God-sized plan for our ministry."
Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples
Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples
"This book helped tweak our ideas about strategic planning and added a lot of "language" which we use on a regular basis now in our discussions, like "alignment"."
Overcoming Barriers to Church Growth: Proven Strategies for Taking Your Church to the Next Level
Overcoming Barriers to Church Growth: Proven Strategies for Taking Your Church to the Next Level
"This book was very helpful in forcing us to think about how different size churches should structure themselves for growth in order to move to the next level."
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
"A VERY good book with well-thought out principles that, although designed for the business world, totally relate to leadership and strategic planning for the local church."
Making Vision Stick (Leadership Library)
Making Vision Stick (Leadership Library)
"This small book helped us to clarify HOW we communicate strategic plans, our mission, vision, etc. to other leaders and our congregation."
Less Clutter. Less Noise.: Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales
Less Clutter. Less Noise.: Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales
"A very practical book with a myriad of ideas to improve your overall ministry, be strategic about what you do, how you communicate and what people see, think and feel when they visit."
Sticky Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series)
Sticky Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series)
"This book focuses on small groups as an important part of an overall strategic plan. It has played a key role in our current groups mindset at EGC."
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
"A very provocative little book that will challenge your thinking. It's all about quitting, or NOT quitting, depending on your circumstances. Besides being relevant in your life and calling, it's also relevant when thinking about areas of ministry that you need to give up or persevere in."
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
"It's a book about how a small business can prosper and not get bogged down in minutia and lose perspective over time. It is an extremely relevant book for the church body. It focuses on a very practical, but necessary side of Strategic Planning: building systems and processes for everything you do."
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable
"This business book contains some very basic principles about Strategic Planning which any ministry should incorporate in future thinking."