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


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by Aubrey Malphurs. Baker Books, 2013.

Now in its third edition, this classic resource explains why planning is so important to carrying out mission. Dr. Aubrey Malphurs is the senior professor of leadership and pastoral ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary, founder of The Malphurs Group, and a former pastor. Drawing from his extensive church consulting, training, and coaching experience, Malphurs provides up-to-date information and analysis concerning the health issues that accompany many plateaued or declining churches in the 21st century. Such issues will likely resonate with many congregational leaders and drive home the need for a fresh perspective on planning. He explains strategic planning as a four-fold process: the development of a Biblical mission, the development of a compelling vision, the discovery of the church's core values, and the design of a strategy that accomplishes the mission and vision. The book is divided into three sections: (1) The Preparation for Strategic Planning; (2) The Process of Strategic Planning; and (3) The Practice of Strategic Planning. Full of relevant statistical data, diagrams, and useful ideas, the book also includes helpful planning tools - including 14 appendices, such as Readiness for Change Inventory, Implementation Barriers Audit, and a sample Community Survey - that can be easily modified for use in your local setting. A downloadable excerpt is available from the {{publisher's website | http://assets.bakerpublishinggroup.com/processed/book-resources/files/Excerpt_9780801014550.pdf?1368813153}}. For more information, visit {{Malphurs’ blog | http://www.malphursgroupblog.com}}.

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