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Author and professor, Aubrey Malphurs, has dedicated his career to guiding pastors, church leaders, and laypeople in church planting, leadership development, and strategic planning. The Aubrey Malphurs Collection brings together 14 volumes on these topics, focusing on specific elements of church growth.

In six volumes, Malphurs presents practical advice on planting, cultivating, and growing spiritually healthy churches. He helps churches create a vision for their ministry, provides plans on implementing their mission, and emphasizes the importance of developing a church culture. Eight volumes concentrate on leadership in the pastoral and church-member levels. Malphurs illustrates what scriptural leadership and discipleship looks like, and analyzes various elements of a successful leader. He helps readers identify how they can effectively serve the church by examining their passions, talents, and leadership style.

Perfect for students, pastors, and laypeople alike, the Logos edition of these works is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your favorite Bible translation, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of resources in your digital library.

Key Features

  • Gives leaders the tools needed for successful church planting and growth
  • Addresses ways pastors and church members can develop and effectively use their leadership skills
  • Includes discussion question for further reflection and study on ministry and leadership development

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Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st-Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 384

First published in 1999, Advanced Strategic Planning explains why planning is so important to carrying out the church’s mission. Now in its third edition, this classic resource offers:

  • A nine-step strategic thinking and acting model
  • Useful ideas for developing a ministry strategy
  • Diagrams to help illustrate concepts
  • A new section on spiritual formation

The methods in this book are proven to work, having already helped many churches articulate their vision and implement their mission.

Being Leaders: The Nature of Authentic Christian Leadership

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 240

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

What makes a leader a Christian leader? Too many churches and parachurch groups operate under secular leadership principles and strategies without considering what Scripture teaches. In this accessible and comprehensive volume, leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs articulates a working definition of Christian leadership based on the Bible and his own extensive research.

Malphurs begins by defining a uniquely Christian leader from the inside out, from godly character and commitment to pure motives and a servant attitude. He examines the leaders of the first-century church and then discusses qualities such as credibility, capability, and influence that are essential for successful leadership. Each chapter contains helpful questions for reflection and discussion. The appendix includes numerous audits to help readers evaluate themselves on various leadership components.

This book articulates what biblical leadership is and challenges readers to define and develop leadership in their own ministries. The book should help pastors and leaders take stock of their individual situations and make improvements.

Baptist Bulletin

Building Leaders: Blueprints for Developing Leadership at Every Level of Your Church

  • Authors: Aubrey Malphurs and Will Mancini
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 288

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

How can a Christian leader empower others to lead? A follow up to Aubrey Malphurs’ Being Leaders, the groundbreaking Building Leaders provides a biblical blueprint for finding and developing leaders who will carry on and expand the work of your church. Countering the current leadership development crisis, this book is unique in helping leaders to grow other leaders in a local church context.

Worried that you don’t have time to develop leaders? You’re not alone. Tight budgets, small staffs, and endless administrative duties leave many pastors feeling overwhelmed. But without continually “giving the ministry away,” churches miss the opportunity to double their efforts to reach the world for Christ.

Building Leaders includes a leadership development guide, thought-provoking questions, and surveys, and will help your church design a unique leadership development model regardless of its size or budget.

If you want a practical guide your church can use to develop a leadership culture, this book is for you. Pastor, it boils down to this: do what Jesus did. He trained leaders, and so must you.

Enrichment Journal

Will Mancini (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the founder and president of Auxano, a church consulting ministry whose mission is to navigate church leaders through growth challenges and vision clarity.

Developing a Vision for Ministry in the 21st Century

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 240

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

As one of the first vision books on the market, this book’s first edition was recognized as a groundbreaking resource. It was given a Christianity Today Your Church Recommended Resource award in 1993 and won favorable reviews.

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.

This book is the best one available for the church planter who wants to lead with vision and purpose.

The Bookshelf

An excellent resource. . . . A practical, useful help for the pastor who desires to move beyond a maintenance ministry and see his church grow.

Mid-America Theological Journal

Helps the reader give birth to, implement, and preserve vision. . . . A great resource in academic settings, giving foundational principles for visionaries. . . . Malphurs makes for the good ‘midwife’ bringing forth the vision, taking the reader through a step-by-step process from conception to birth.

Ministries Today

The Dynamics of Church Leadership

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Series: Ministry Dynamics for a New Century
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 160

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Set within the fictional story of a successful, experienced pastor counseling a younger, struggling peer, Aubrey Malphurs explores the essential elements of pastoral leadership in a changing world. He provides pastors the opportunity to examine their vocation’s structure and participate in a process of definition and discovery in the following areas:

  • Balancing achievement with personal character development
  • Understanding the three-faceted role of leader, protector, and teacher
  • Defining core values, mission statement, and strategy
  • Clarifying relationships with congregation, staff, and board
  • Developing a theology to accommodate change and the surrounding culture

Included are a core values audit for use in the church, and sample core values and vision statements. The Dynamics of Church Leadership provides both experienced and beginning pastors with concise information to help them perform the task of ministry with efficiency, fruitfulness, and joy.

Leading Leaders: Empowering Church Boards for Ministry Excellence

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 256

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The key to effective leadership in today’s churches lies as much with their governing boards as it does with their pastors. Many churches are led by volunteers who chair committees, yet have little or no leadership training. Is it possible for well-meaning but often ill-prepared laypeople to guide a church body into Christ-honoring ministry?

The answer is yes, and the secret lies in offering church leaders effective, practical training. In Leading Leaders Aubrey Malphurs provides workable strategies to train laypeople to successfully lead their churches. Covering such concerns as “Who is really leading the church?” and "“What do church boards do?” this book provides not only practical evaluation tools, but a plan for developing a church board that can accomplish defined and vital goals.

Leading Leaders includes 14 appendices and helpful questionnaires, and builds on the well-received Being Leaders and Building Leaders. It is a practical guide to creating and maintaining a dynamic and effective church leadership team that is spiritually equipped and properly trained to lead the local body of Christ.

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

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 272

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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.

Aubrey Malphurs was one of the seminary professors who shaped my thinking in ministry 25 years ago. I have read everything he has written. Why? You would have to read two dozen books to get what you get in just one of Aubrey’s. He is a master of boiling a big idea down to the essential action steps. He has done it again with Look before You Lead.

—Randy Frazee, senior minister, Oak Hills Church

There’s no one better to bring a step-by-step leadership guide to pastors than Aubrey Malphurs. Look before You Lead sheds practical and biblical light on the subject of church culture, a concept that many writers leave in the dark.

Will Mancini, founder, Auxano

A half century ago, no one in the United States was talking about church culture. Today church culture is a popular, but often misunderstood, concept. In Look before You Lead, Aubrey Malphurs assists church leaders to define, discover, and design a church culture that wins people to faith in Jesus Christ. Whether you are a church planter, pastor, or consultant, this book will help you develop a spiritually healthy organizational church culture.

Gary L. McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Maximizing Your Effectiveness: How to Discover and Develop Your Divine Design

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 240

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Make sure what you do matches who you are. Every Christian wants to know, “What is God’s ultimate purpose for my life?” Whether volunteering part-time or involved in full-time vocational ministry, it can be a struggle to know how you fit and where you can best serve within the body of Christ.

Maximizing Your Effectiveness will help you match who you are—your unique spiritual gifts, passions, temperament, talents, and leadership style—with the ministry areas where you can best serve Christ’s church. This practical guide will take you step-by-step through the process of reaching your full ministry potential for the kingdom of God.

In these pages you will discover the peaceful satisfaction that comes from living and serving according to your divine design.

Money Matters in Church: A Practical Guide for Leaders

  • Authors: Aubrey Malphurs and Steve Stroope
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 224

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Money Matters in Church is your one-stop source of information on creating a culture of giving that supports savvy, faithful, and legal financial practices. The authors take you into the heart of a biblical theology of stewardship, teaching you how to develop donors and maximize contributions. You’ll discover systems, policies, and structures for

  • Developing a strategic budget
  • Enacting an effective audit process
  • Projecting income and expenses
  • Working with banks
  • Paying staff
  • Addressing debt

Malphurs and Stroope also detail the steps for preparing, implementing, and following through on a capital fundraising campaign. Response questions at the end of each chapter help you assimilate the material and serve as a powerful springboard for small group or staff discussions.

There are no two people that I have learned more from than Steve Stroope and Aubrey Malphurs. Steve is a brilliant pastor with incredible insights on information about churches. Aubrey’s systems are always clear and accurate. I encourage every pastor and church planter to read this book from cover to cover.

—Bob Roberts Jr., senior pastor, Northwood Church

Few seminaries teach it, and fewer pastors find financial expertise in their nature or skill set. But strong financial management couldn’t be more important to the success and health of a church. Aubrey Malphurs and Steven Stroope’s Money Matters in Church fills a much needed gap of understanding for pastors and lay leaders. It is an excellent book for a church board’s study together for the first 30 minutes of a year’s board meetings. The smart pastor will share copies with his or her elders, board, and stewardship committee.

—Ronald E. Keener, editor, Church Executive Magazine

Some church leaders are hesitant to talk about money. But they shouldn’t be. After all, Jesus talked about it more than he talked about prayer, heaven, or hell. And now Aubrey Malphurs and Steve Stroope have developed a ‘how to’ manual that not only gives the biblical support for teaching about money, but also reveals the step-by-step process of developing a community of givers and an attitude of gratitude in your church.

—Ed Young, senior pastor, Fellowship Church

Money does matter! In this excellent book by Aubrey Malphers and Steve Stroope, you will be exposed to both the solid biblical principles and sound financial practices necessary for effective growth in a church of any size. With years of experience in both the academy and the development of a large church, they know what they are talking about. Don’t miss out.

—Bob Buford, founder, Leadership Network

Money matters in the church because money matters to God and to all of us. Steve and Aubrey have provided church leaders with a fine combination of biblical teaching on money and practical applications in the life of the church. This is must reading for any pastor or church leader who wants to see the church maximize its financial resources for kingdom business.

—Bryant Wright, senior pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

Great vision is only a pipe dream without resources. A principle job of a leader is securing resources for vision, and Steve Stroope and Aubrey Malphurs have provided a tool that is both biblically solid and intensely practical. The question we have been asking each other is, ‘Where has this book been for our ministry up to now?’

—Jeff Jones, senior pastor, Fellowship Bible Church North

Steve Stroope is lead pastor of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas. His congregation of 8,000 people is one of the hundred fastest-growing churches in America. He lives in Rockwall, Texas.

A New Kind of Church: Understanding Models of Ministry for the 21st Century

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 208

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How should we do church in a changing world? There’s no question the world is changing. Many churches are changing with it, adopting new models for ministry: emergent, seeker, purpose-driven, multisite, and so on. These models have been greeted with enthusiasm, but also with controversy and criticism. What are we to make of this? Does Scripture prescribe a standard model for doing church? Or is there freedom within certain guidelines?

In A New Kind of Church, respected church consultant Aubrey Malphurs addresses these important questions. The heart of the book outlines a means for evaluating any church model, including:

  • A proper way of interpreting what Scripture says about the local church
  • A theology of change
  • A theology of culture and church
  • A definition of the local church

This important book is for anyone concerned with the state of the church, but it is especially valuable for church leaders considering change in their own churches.

Anyone who is a student of church health will greatly benefit from the sage wisdom Malphurs provides. This sort of insight is rare and valuable. Audrey helps us confront our assumptions so we can move toward health and vitality in our congregations.

—Alan Nelson, executive editor, Rev! magazine

A New Kind of Church will encourage you to think biblically and strategically about the church in North America today. Audrey Malphurs loves the church and its leaders and his insights will inspire.

Ed Stetzer, visiting professor of research and missiology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting: A Guide for Starting Any Kind of Church

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 272

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Most books on church planting offer a model for churches to replicate—usually one that is tied to a particular style, generation, or even demographic. But what churches really need is a process that is flexible, not bound to a particular time or current fad. In The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting, trusted author and church-planting expert Aubrey Malphurs shares the basic steps of a process that every church planter needs, including

  • Establishing values, mission, vision, and strategy
  • Reaching the community
  • Making disciples
  • Recruiting a team
  • Determining location and facilities
  • Raising money for the ministry

If you want instant practical takeaway based on proven techniques, this handbook will be invaluable as you work to expand the kingdom.

I’m so grateful for Aubrey and his work. This book is a must-read for every church planter. Practical, biblical, concise, and comprehensive are all words that I would use to describe it. Read it and learn—keep it near you as you plant and refer to it often.

—Bob Roberts Jr., senior pastor, Northwood Church

The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting is a comprehensive (all-in-one) church-planting tool that is not model specific. The author has provided college professors with a complete curriculum for students and prospective planters with the questions to ask and the answers to the questions.

—Barry Calhoun, missional ministries team leader, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention

In 1994 Aubrey Malphurs wrote one of the only books on church planting I could find to help start Church @ The Springs. It was an invaluable resource to that generation of church planters. The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting will serve this generation of church planters the same way. Great resource and profound wisdom! Thanks, Aubrey, for continuing to invest in church planters.

—Ron Sylvia, lead pastor, Church @ The Springs

Church planters need to read this book because they will find these here they simply won’t get in the other books. Malphurs provides the planter with great questions they need to ask and answer. Definitely required reading!

—Bob Rowley, adjunct professor, Dallas Theological Seminary

Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide for New Churches and Those Desiring Renewal

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 432

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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. This third edition will inspire, encourage, and equip ministry leaders.

Strategic Disciple Making: A Practical Tool for Successful Ministry

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 192

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

You can make a positive difference in your church. Everyone wants to go to a church with programs that have a positive impact on their lives—programs designed with them in mind. It may come as a surprise in our me-centered culture, but the church does not exist to meet our needs as churchgoers. Instead, we each need to grow as a disciple.

Many understand discipleship as a one-on-one relationship with a mentor that takes place with a select few in the church. However, Jesus’s mandate in Matthew 28:19–20 is that the church make disciples of all its people, not just a select few. In Strategic Disciple Making, veteran church consultant Aubrey Malphurs teaches churches a process that implements the biblical teaching on discipleship in a simple but practical way as the centerpiece of their ministries.

If you’re tired of business as usual at your church and want to make a positive difference, take the plunge into genuine discipleship with a preeminent teacher on the subject.

Aubrey Malphurs blows away the fog of misunderstanding that surrounds disciple making in the church. His clear analysis of what a disciple is, and how a church can make one, is a welcome addition to the literature on this topic.

Gary L. McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

In Strategic Disciple Making, Aubrey Malphurs has done it again. He provides us with a concise yet comprehensive examination of this vital component of building believers. Strategic Disciple Making is a must-read.

Steve Stroope, lead pastor, Lake Pointe Church

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

  • Author: Aubrey Malphurs
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 192

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

What are the core values of your ministry? Values-Driven Leadership is a pioneering work designed to help church and parachurch leaders understand the cutting-edge concept of organizational core values. Every ministry organization has a set of core values that guides what the ministry seeks to accomplish. Understanding these core values is key to a high-performing ministry.

In this revised edition, Aubrey Malphurs offers important insights on new research in the field of leadership and delineates techniques for their practical implementation. After exploring the concepts in Values-Driven Leadership, you’ll be able to take concrete steps to write your ministry’s values in a credo or value statement and focus in on your mission. This edition includes helpful discussion questions, core values audits, and even a readiness-for-change inventory to help you and your ministry identify areas in need of attention. This is a useful book for individuals, boards, committees, and leadership teams.

About Aubrey Malphurs

Aubrey Malphurs (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is senior professor of pastoral ministries and leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary and president of the Malphurs Group. He engages in church consulting and training, and is the author of more than 20 ministry books, including Doing Church: A Biblical Guide for Leading Ministries through Change.