Fueling Vision

Fueling Vision

by Bradley Oaster




Let's face it, seminary failed to prepare you for church growth, strategic planning, land acquisition, facility development and high growth staffing. Yet, at some point, every church faces these challenges. What if there was a way that you could learn from someone else's experience? And what if that person, rather than simply pointing you in the right direction, was willing to journey along with you, as a coach, a friend and an advisor? And what if that person had a proven track record and has worked with many of the fastest growing churches in America?

In Fueling Vision: A Common Pastor's Guide to Uncommon Success, Oaster gives church leaders a step-by-step guide to navigate the world of strategic planning, church growth and facility development. Oaster will equip you with the knowledge and direction needed to plan out your ministry objectives, avoid being taken to the cleaners by staff, realtors, architects and builders, and rapidly move your ministry towards the complete realization of it's potential.

For over thirty years, Bradley Oaster has worked with Christian churches throughout the country to guide and direct church leaders toward the fulfillment of their ministry's potential. Brad's depth of experience and success is unmatched. Among the 100 fastest growing churches in America today, three of the top ten churches partnered with Oaster in the early formation of their ministries.

In 2000, Scott Wilson and his dad, Tom Wilson engaged Brad Oaster to develop a long-range plan for what would later become, The Oaks Fellowship.

"I remember sitting in my office in 2000 wishing there was someone I could call that could help me know what I should do. I would have done anything to find someone who had walked this path before—a person who could act as a coach, a friend, and an advisor.

Our church has seen incredible growth and breakthrough since we met Brad - from one location to two locations, six major building programs, from two to eight services each Sunday, from 0 small groups to over 100 small groups, from 650 people to 2,400 people in weekly attendance."

Scott Wilson

The Oaks Fellowship

Red Oak, Texas

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622951222
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Answering the Call to Serve 17

What Seminary Doesn't Teach You 21

Goals, Guts and Achieving Greatness: What Does Success Look Like? 45

Why Develop a Strategic Ministry Plan? 51

A Flight Plan for Your Ministry 59

Strategic Ministry Planning 67

Tactical Planning 81

Developing Your Facility Development Plan 97

Beware of the "Good Deal" 107

Creative Land Acquisition 111

The Transitional Phase of Church Development 119

Beware of the "One-Eyed Man" 127

Nasty Neighbors and C.A.V.E. People (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) 135

Working with Government Agencies 161

Your Development Team: Understanding Roles and Responsibilities 171

A Very Expensive Lesson 183

Architects, Builders, and Other Crooks 193

Is That the Cheapest Parachute You Have? 209

Track Homes for Jesus? 217

How Does God See Your Ministry? 225

Maximize Your Ministry IPO 233

From First Time Guest to Raving Fan 241

Glossary of Terms 247

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