Monday, November 27, 2006
One of the things I love to do on vacation is read. I usually read for fun and leisure during extended down-time, but this time I re-read Values Driven Leadership by Aubrey Malphurs. Malphurs is not a super-hip mega church pastor with a staff of ghost writers, he's a researcher and educator and his work reads a lot like Barna's stuff. In the back of his books are found a useful, but rare these days, tool like an index or an appendix. So this book can be used a sort of like a text book.
What I like most is that it doesn't read like a text book and it doesn't read like a transcribed sermon. It reads like someone is humbly sharing some common sense ideas that prod your own thought processes in a way that makes you think you could of come up with the same conclusions. It's like Malphurs brainstorms with you.
This is the second book I've read of his. I also read, along with some guys on our staff, Developing a Vision for Ministry in the 21st Century, which I would make the same kind of comments.
Aubrey Malphurs books are must reads for serious church planters, church staff, and para-church organizations.
Go forth and fill your head with knowledge.