If you’re like me you spend a whole lot of time designing worship, coordinating ministries, and minding pastoral care. That doesn’t leave much time left for doing what Dallas Theological Seminary professor, noted author, and congregational development consultant Aubrey Malphurs says is arguably the greatest need for today’s churches: developing leaders.
I first heard of Aubrey when I read Advanced Strategic Planning, which he wrote for smaller churches, like mine, to help them see the importance of strategic planning. His practical advice and conversational style made me an instant fan.
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John Maxwell once said that, ‘Everything rises and falls on leadership’ – and Maxwell certainly has an ally in Aubrey Malphurs. An academic and practitioner, Dr. Malphurs says the Church is handicapped by its inability to raise up and train gifted leaders from our ranks. In this interview he inspired me to think more deeply about how I am developing leaders in my church.
Here are my notes from the interview:
Make Leadership Identification a Priority
Dr. Malphurs says clergy simply have to make time to put some sort of leadership identification and formation framework into place – period. He goes through three steps, beginning with a face to face meeting with our church board, to get the ball rolling.
Personal Leadership Development Plan
Do you have a plan in place to develop your personal leadership skills? Dr. Malphurs tells us why this is so important – and describes for us what such a plan might look like.
Five Steps in Strategic Planning
If you thought strategic planning is only for large congregations, Dr. Malphurs says, think again! He walks us through the five steps of Strategic Planning that just may inspire you to think more seriously about your congregation’s long and short term plans.
About Dr. Malphurs
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