Aubrey Malphurs fervently believes that the church will awaken and thrive in the twenty-first century - but in nothing like its twentieth-century form. Revised and updated, this second edition emphasizes the importance of ministry's core values, mission, and strategy. Sixteen accompanying worksheets are included, and new chapter-end checklists aid in review. This creative handbook shows church planters how to focus on the essential ingredients for success: a Great Commission vision, strong servant-leadership, a mobilized lay army, culturally relevant ministry and evangelism, authentic worship, and a robust network of small groups.
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It's not about numbers
Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century is not about how many people you can get through the church doors on Sunday morning, but about planting and growing spiritually healthy churches that are equipped to reach today's unchurched generation. With vision, purpose, and practical advice, Aubrey Malphurs carefully leads you through the six stages of a new church, including funding, creating a strong servant leadership, and establishing values. The church planters workbook will help you implement the book's contents into your own unique ministry situation, showing you how to develop a focus group, recruit a leadership team, and implement small groups.
This third edition of a popular and practical hands-on guide will inspire, encourage, and equip ministry leaders.
"Perhaps one of the most comprehensive, instructive, and inspiring books on the subject of American church planting written to date."--Missiology
Aubrey Malphurs is the senior professor of leadership and pastoral ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary and founder of The Malphurs Group (malphursgroup.com). He engages in church consulting and training and is the author of numerous books, including Advanced Strategic Planning, Being Leaders, and Building Leaders.
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