Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st-Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders

Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st-Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders

by Aubrey Malphurs

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First published in 1999, Advanced Strategic Planning explains why planning is so important to carrying out the church's mission. Now in its third edition, this classic resource offers

•a nine-step strategic thinking and acting model
•useful ideas for developing a ministry strategy
•diagrams to help illustrate concepts
•a new section on spiritual formation

The methods in this book are proven to work, having already helped many churches articulate their vision and implement their mission.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441240309
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 948,009
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Aubrey Malphurs (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of pastoral ministries and leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary and president of the Malphurs Group. He engages in church consulting and training and is the author of more than twenty ministry resource books.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part 1 Prepare to Sail! The Preparation for Strategic Planning

1 Preparing the Navigator: A Prelaunch Checklist 23

2 Preparing the Crew: Readiness for the Process 54

3 Preparing the Boat: Developing the Strategy 91

Part 2 Set the Course! The Process of Strategic Planning

4 Developing a Biblical Mission: What We Are Supposed to Be Doing 105

5 Developing a Compelling Vision: The Kind of Church We Envision 128

6 Discovering Core Values: Why We Do What We Do 145

7 Introducing the Ministry Strategy: How We Accomplish the Mission and Vision 167

8 Reaching the Church's Community: Strategy Activity 1 175

9 Making Mature Disciples: Strategy Activity 2 195

10 Building a Ministry Team: Strategy Activity 3 209

11 Assessing the Ministry Setting: Strategy Activity 4 236

12 Raising and Managing Finances: Strategy Activity 5 255

Part 3 Pursue the Course! The Practice of Strategic Planning

13 Launching the Boat: Implementing the Strategy 285

14 Evaluating the Course: How We Are Doing 299


A Readiness for Change Inventory 313

B Leader-Manager Audit 316

C Covenant of Commitment 318

D Strategic Development Worksheet 319

E Implementation Barriers Audit 326

F Vision Statements 328

G Vision Style Audit 333

H Values Statements 334

I Core Values Audits 343

J Community Survey 345

K Character Assessments 347

L Ministry Description 351

M Setting: Creating a Welcoming Environment 352

N Sample Evaluations 354

Notes 361

Index 365

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