Ministry Nuts and Bolts: What They Don't Teach Pastors in Seminary

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Since Aubrey Malphurs first wrote Ministry Nuts and Bolts in 1997 he has gathered even more insights and strategies thanks to his work consulting for churches, his further research, and the classes he teaches at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has applied this expanded knowledge to the second edition of Ministry Nuts and Bolts, a helpful guide designed to teach pastors what they need to know about the day-to-day, nitty-gritty of leading a pastorate-things that aren't taught in ...
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Overview

Since Aubrey Malphurs first wrote Ministry Nuts and Bolts in 1997 he has gathered even more insights and strategies thanks to his work consulting for churches, his further research, and the classes he teaches at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has applied this expanded knowledge to the second edition of Ministry Nuts and Bolts, a helpful guide designed to teach pastors what they need to know about the day-to-day, nitty-gritty of leading a pastorate-things that aren't taught in seminary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825433580
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 217
  • Sales rank: 700,870
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Aubrey Malphurs (Th.M., Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is president of Vision Ministries International and chairman of the Field Education Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor and church planter and is the author of numerous books in the areas of leadership, vision, and church ministry, including Ministry Nuts and Bolts: What They Don’t Teach Pastors in Seminary; Doing Church; and Developing a Dynamic Mission for Your Ministry.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Charts 5

Introduction 7

Part 1 The Values of Your Ministry

1 The Definition of Core Values: What Is a Credo? 17

2 The Discovery of Core Values: What Is Your Credo? 34

3 The Development of Core Values: How to Construct Your Credo 47

Part 2 The Mission of Your Ministry

4 The Definition of Mission: What Is a Mission? 59

5 The Development of a Mission: How to Make Your Mission 78

Part 3 The Vision of Your Ministry

6 The Definition of Vision, Part 1: What Is a Vision? 99

7 The Definition of Vision, Part 2: What Is the Difference Between a Vision and a Mission? 114

8 The Development of a Vision: How to Birth Your Vision 130

Part 4 The Strategy for Your Ministry

9 The Definition of Strategy: What Is a Strategy? 155

10 The Development of a Strategy: How to Craft Your Strategy 167

Appendixes

A Acadiana Community Church: Credo and Doctrinal Statement 180

B Church Credos 186

C Personal Core Values Audit 202

D Church Ministry Core Values Audit 205

E Mission Development Process 208

F Vision Audit 210

Notes 212

Index 215

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Malphurs, Aubrey, Ministry Nuts and Bolts: What They Don't Teach Pastors in Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI: Kregal Publications 1997, 192.

    Aubrey Malphurs, Ph.D. has written several other books, pastored three churches and is presently a senior professor of Pastoral Ministries at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also the current president of Malphurs Group where he is a trainer and consultant to churches, denominations and ministry organizations in North America and Europe.
    The book begins with an introduction that depicts a typical pastor who had entered the pastoral ministry out of seminary. The church is relatively stagnant for growth, and Pastor Andrew Johnson has lost his zeal in the ministry's inanimate digression. Like any normal preacher, question of doubt, confusion and fear began to enter within until he read a book that an excited pastor friend had recommended. Of course, the fictitious church progresses in the end. The purpose of the book is to help leaders, pastors, and church boards think through the ministry "ABC's." Malphurs contends that seminarians enter into pastor ministry crippled and locked into an occupation of ninety-five percent preaching, and the other five percent performing funerals, weddings, meetings and visitations.
    The material is broken down into four major parts. First are the "core values" of ministry that brings understanding of how to discover and develop core values that drive the ministry. Next, Malphurs helps to define and develop the mission of the individual(s) and/or ministry. Thirdly, the vision of ministry described and what distinguishes it from missions. Then finally, the strategy for a ministry that defines and develops a tailor made design for ones ministry. For the sake of confusion, Malphurs describes what core values are not. Nevertheless, he prescribes that it is a church's core values that drive the ministry, rather than vision driven. Churches are value driven and vision focused (19). Accordingly, core values are constant, passionate, and Biblical deriving a belief structure. "The reason why the early church was so effective is because of its shared values (29)." However, in the twenty-first century, Malphurs prescribes that the leader is responsible for discovering and articulating the values of the church.
    It should be the goal of leadership and spiritual organization to be aware of their core values and articulated in a "credo" (45). Malphurs describes a Credo as a written form of a ministry's core values. Its purpose is to alleviate misunderstandings and keep the ministry focused on its mission. According to the author, a mission is not a vision. Rather, it is a broad, yet brief Biblical orientated and preferably one sentence statement describing what the ministry is supposed to be doing. The development of an organization's mission should reflect the heart of the people, where much effort in preparation is evident in light of the process. To go a step further, the organizations have its directions by a vision that takes the mission of the organization into the future. A ministry's vision is a clear description of the preferred future. "It is a mental picture of what tomorrow will look like (96)." A problem that Malphurs identifies with ministries is that they have either no vision or one that is too small. He assesses the problem to the amount of faith of the organization. He further contends that the vision is "fueled by passion" that displays God's input. As with the development of an organization's mission, vision development prescribes personnel and a process, however they derive a product. The auth

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