Building Leaders: Blueprints for Developing Leadership at Every Level of Your Church

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Training the next generation of leaders is crucial to spreading the gospel, yet most churches have no formal way of doing this. Why? Tight budgets, small staffs, and a lack of know-how are just a few reasons suggested by church consultants Aubrey Malphurs and William Mancini in this groundbreaking book.
Building Leaders provides real-life examples of ways churches can unleash their true ministry potential by training staff members and laypeople to lead. With step-by-step instructions that can be applied to any church or parachurch ministry, Building Leaders shows readers how to:

- empower, not just train, leaders
- overcome obstacles to developing leaders
- identify emerging leaders
- use biblical models for training leaders
- form a leadership training program to fit any size or budget

Packed with surveys, discussion questions, and a leadership development guide, Building Leaders will encourage leaders to "duplicate themselves" in order to see their ministry grow. It is a perfect resource for ministry students, church leaders, and pastors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801091711
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 127,812
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet 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 (, a church consulting ministry whose mission is to navigate church leaders through growth challenges and vision clarity.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Part 1 Pouring the Proper Foundation: Preparation for Developing Leaders
1. Leaders, Who Needs Them? The Importance of Developing Leaders 19
2. Some Common Delays: Problems in Developing Leaders 31
3. The Challenge of Empowerment: The Heart Required for Developing Leaders 39
Part 2 Following the Blueprints: Practices for Developing Leaders
4. How Jesus Developed Leaders: What the Savior Teaches Us about Leadership Development, Part 1 63
5. How Jesus Used Metaphors to Develop Leaders: What the Savior Teaches Us about Leadership Development, Part 2 75
6. How Early Churches Developed Leaders: What the Church Teaches Us about Leadership Development 95
Part 3 Moving from Foundation to Finish: The Process for Developing Leaders
7. Who Will Read the Blueprints? The Personnel for Developing Leaders 105
8. Putting the Process in Motion: The Procedures for Developing Leaders, Phase 1 127
9. How to Grow Leaders: The Procedures for Developing Leaders, Phase 2 145
10. Designing the Leadership-Development Process: The Procedures for Developing Leaders, Phase 3 159
11. The Finishing Touches: The Procedures for Developing Leaders, Phase 4 183
12. Home Improvement: Guidelines for Improving the Process 189
13. Turning a House into a Home: Creating a Leadership Culture 211
Part 4 Looking at Model Homes: The Product of Developing Leaders
14. The Story of a Small Church: Developing Leaders in Small Churches 239
15. The Story of a Large Church: Developing Leaders in Large Churches 249
Appendix A Leadership Development Audit 257
Appendix B Church Leadership Questionnaire 259
Appendix C Sample Leadership Configuration 261
Appendix D Task Skills Inventory 262
Appendix E Relational Skills Inventory 263
Appendix F Training Venues Comparison Chart 265
Notes 267
Index 271
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