Developing a Vision for Ministry in the 21st Century [Paperback]

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Now revised and updated, this second edition includes sample vision statements and additional graphics and visuals to enhance the book's appeal. It also clarifies the difference between a vision and a mission statement and shows how vision relates to four key ministry concepts. Pastors, church leaders, students, and laypeople who want to become purposeful strategists will benefit from this book. It moves beyond theory to offer practical steps for establishing a vision. Worksheets and end-of-chapter questions will help readers understand and implement the ideas presented in this book.

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Pastors, church leaders, students, and laypeople who want to become purposeful strategists will benefit from this revised and updated, this second edition. It moves beyond theory to offer practical steps for establishing distinct vision and mission statements. Worksheets and end-of-chapter questions will help readers understand how vision relates to four key ministry concepts and how their church can implement this new understanding.

Item Specifications...


Pages   234
Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 5.97" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2000
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Age  18
ISBN  0801090873  
EAN  9780801090875  


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vision, the power to see!  Mar 10, 2006
I must say that this book came right alone side of some other material I have been studying. I have develop a series of sermons
and to have had this book at this time, was comfirmation for me, that I was is God Will, as I address the concerns at our pastorate. Which allowed me and my congregation to be enhance and to expand our understanding of ministry as it concerns our needs and God's Will. Thanks again for being use of the Lord!
 
Ministry Vision Made Simple  Feb 22, 2004
Like most ministers, I have read several books on vision. Some titles were very inspiring, other titles were very confusing. The vast majority however, were not very enlightening. This book by Malphurs moves beyond establishing the need for vision and helps the reader grasp, communicate, and implement a vision.

Malphurs follows an easy-to-understand process beginning with the definition of a ministry vision and ending with the preservation of that vision. I recommend this book highly to all ministry professionals, especially pastors.

 
A Great Book with a Few Weaknesses  Sep 9, 2003
Malphus joins the growing ranks of authors whose goal is to help bring renewal to the church by teaching pastors how to develop a vision for ministry. In this, Malphurs was very successful. The author presents a six-step process to help pastors develop and implement a vision in the local church

Being a small church pastor I appreciate his emphasis on the small church. The use of the fictional Pastor Bob was an excellent tool of identification. It allowed the author to bring in the human element of discouragement, frustration and antagonism in a way that every pastor can identify with. Malphurs dealt adequately with the idea of opposition. The Deacon Bill character is a man we call can identify with.

His advice on how to obtain a vision was excellent, it was pragmatic and easy to use. This is in direct contrast with Barna's The Power of Vision (pgs. 81-1-84) that promulgated a process so tedious that only the most tenacious pastor would ever work his way through. His insight that vision will become a dividing rod in the congregation rings true- those who buy into it stay, those who do not, leave.

This was a pretty powerful book, but it was not without some weaknesses. It assumed that some of Pastor Bobs board were visionary people. In far too many churches, the maintenance mind-set is firmly entrenched in the power structure and visionary people are excluded. It is not unusual to have no men of vision on a church board, what then? Although he did not neglect the opposition to vision within the church, I think he did underestimate it. Peter Drucker makes it very clear that the people who have the most to lose by vision are the people who have invested the most into the organization. Barna's insight into the nature of opposition in his excellent book Turn Around Churches was far more realistic.

This book was packed full of helpful advice. I especially appreciated the distinction the author makes between leadership and management and that both are necessary in growing churches. Churches cannot grow without leadership and they cannot deal with the problems caused by growth without management. Thus the pastor must wear both hats.

Yes, this is a must read dealing with issues concerning vision that are not adequately covered in other books on the subject.

 
Developing a Vision for Ministry...  Aug 30, 2001
In a world of religion where many churches seem to simply "exist" without much understanding of their own purpose, the answer time and time again of "Why?" comes back to a people perishing because of no Vision. Aubrey Malphurs skillfully weaves together wisdom and experience with practical application of a much used and little understood term: Vision. With fresh, illuminating spiritual insight, he guides us upon a journey of discovery and awareness. This voyage exposes the snapshot which has been impressed upon the film of your spirit, and through the "light-room" of the Holy Spirit, brings forth a full blown picture of what God wants the ministry He has given you to look like, ready to battle, in the 21st Century. If you would not be ignorant of the wiles of the devil, this book is a must read!
 
Excellent resource for forward thinking leaders  Oct 5, 1999
No other book has motivated me to plan ahead and strategize more than this one. Both in personal life and in my ministry, this book points me to accomplishing what needs to be done. This book is invaluable. IT is worth ten times the money. Get it for yourself and see.
 

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