By Aubrey Malphurs

During this improved version, relied on church management advisor offers functional suggestion for church buildings to articulate their imaginative and prescient, enforce their challenge, and align their identification and course.

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Four Readiness Keys for Strategic Planning 1. 2. 3. 4. The governing board’s attitude toward the process The pastor’s attitude toward the process The staff’s attitude toward the process The patriarch’s or matriarch’s attitude toward the process Probing the readiness of each of these will let you know whether or not to pursue strategic planning. Again, the governing board, the pastor, the staff, and a patriarch or matriarch must generally be on board for it to happen. Once I received a phone call from a man who attended a somewhat large church somewhere in the Northeast.

It stimulates a quick, free flow of numerous ideas. It generates and often captures important preliminary concepts. And it gives ownership of these concepts to the participants. Characteristics: Brainstorming is fast paced, positive, smooth running, and nonconfrontational. The leader will need to establish and enforce the following ground rules: no confrontation or criticism of ideas (defer any negative thoughts or feelings), no speeches, and quantity is more important than quality. For later thought and use, the various concepts should be recorded.

Ministry with and to churches is deeply theological. It’s critical that a consultant have a thorough grounding in theology that he or she brings to the ministry situation. We have discovered that good biblical, theological preparation is vital to the consulting equation. That is the reason The Malphurs Group uses only consultants who have biblical-theological training in a church or seminary context. Finally, various leaders, ministries, and churches used consultants in the Bible. They simply didn’t call them consultants.

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