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BOOK REVIEWS

The strength of our Book Reviews collection lies in the categorical breakdown that we have created for you below. We have divided the most common ministry design issues into categories so that you can more easily find the solution that you are looking for. Our eventual goal is to have an in-depth review for every book that will give you further assistance in discovering the reading pathway that can lead you to the solutions to the ministry issues you may be facing.


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  • Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders

    by Aubrey Malphurs. Publisher: Baker Books.

    Nuts and bolts explanation

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    Purpose:

    To assist churches that are plateaued or in decline reverse their condition.

    Content:

    He presents a detailed, in-depth, step by step process for developing a strategic plan for your ministry.

    Analysis:

    This book provides comprehensive information for the journey through strategic planning.  It is an academic approach and some may find it dry but it is overflowing with needed instruction for today’s churches. One concern is that we do not substitute our need for the Lord in the midst of struggling with leading our ministries. The mechanics of leadership cannot replace our desperate need for Christ to energize our lives.

    Application:

    Who will benefit?

    Church leaders wishing to understand the parts of the strategic process and how they fit together.

    How does it benefit?

    It provides an in-depth step by step process for strategic planning.

    Where does it fit in the ministry design process?

    It is an educational tool that provides the nuts and bolts of the process. It ministers to the head.

    Aha Thought:

    The author quotes researcher Kirk Hadaway, “Does a planning process which involves evaluation and a long-range plan correlate with church growth?  The answer is yes. Survey results show that 85 percent of churches which have grown off the plateau have reevaluated their programs and priorities during the past five years, as compared to 59 percent of churches which have remained on the plateau. Similarly, 40 percent of ‘breakout churches’ have developed a long-range plan, as compared to only 18 percent of continued plateau churches.” (p. 24)

  • Look Before You Lead: How to Discern and Shape Your Church Culture

    By Aubrey Malphurs

    “Before you can lead your church, you have to know your church.

    Pastoral ministry is challenging work. It is made even more challenging when a pastor ignores the church’s “congregational culture” when seeking to minister to members or implement changes. Just as a pastor studies to interpret the Scriptures, he or she must also interpret the local church culture to better understand and move the church toward accomplishing its mission and vision.

    In Look Before You Lead, trusted church leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs shows pastors how to read their church’s unique local culture, how to change or revitalize it, and even how to combine two cultures when one church adopts another. This unique resource approaches leadership and discernment from a solid, biblical perspective and includes a number of helpful appendixes that are key to reading and understanding the culture.”

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

    by Aubrey Malphurs. Publisher: Kregel Publications.

    An essential read for all ministry leaders – it’s foundational

  • The Book of Church Growth

    By Thom Rainer

    The Church Growth Movement has divided devout Christians. Even though Rainer is an advocate, his aim here is to present an objective view of the movement–its history, the theology associated with it, and the principles which seem to separate churches that grow from those that don’t.

  • Values-Driven Leadership: Discovering and Developing Your Core Values for Ministry

    by Aubrey Malphurs. Publisher: Baker Books.

    It helps the reader answer the question “why do we do what we do”.