Look Before You Lead Paperback
How to Discern and Shape Your Church Culture
by Aubrey Malphurs;
A Bird's Eye View
Unique and visionary leadership insight into helping churches read and understand church culture.
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Look Before You Lead
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Before you can lead your church, you have to know your church. This unique resource approaches leadership and discernment from a solid, biblical perspective and includes a number of helpful appendices that are key to reading and understanding the culture.
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.
Look Before You Lead by Aubrey Malphurs was published by Baker in March 2013 and is our 50769th best seller. The ISBN for Look Before You Lead is 9780801015076.
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Look Before You LeadJohnny Douglas, via The Good Book Stall
Malphurs provides a three-part guide to help us discern and shape church culture. He borrows widely from different leadership and management sciences, as well as his own learning and experience to help readers understand culture as comprehensively as possible, to read culture as intelligently as possible, and to shape culture as wisely as possible. Part Three may be of keenest interest and most inspiring as it offers meaningful change strategies.
The language of pastor as "church sculptor" may not translate as well across the pond yet withal his thawing strategy for the current culture is very clear. Inflicting pain, asking make or break questions, developing opportunity eyes and recruiting a strategic leadership team are brilliantly mapped out. In Look Before You Lead, hard questions are asked. Do we care enough to change? Do we practice what we preach? Does change mean compromising Biblical beliefs or does it mean we find new ways to present them? Its rigorous working format offers much to church leaders and their leadership teams.
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“Aubrey Malphurs was one of the seminary professors who shaped my thinking in ministry twenty-five 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, author of The Heart of the Story; senior minister of 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 of Auxano; author of Church Unique.
“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; author of There’s Hope for Your Church.
Aubrey Malphurs (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is 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 twenty ministry resource books.
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|Page last updated||3rd December 2016|
|Author / Artist||Aubrey Malphurs|
|Publisher||Baker (March 2013)|
|Number of Pages||272|