LISTEN: Preparing the Boat: Developing the Strategy, Part 3 (Strategic Christian Leadership #37 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Our Strategic Christian Leadership Bible verse for this episode is Mark 10:42-44 which says, “Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.”

Our Strategic Christian Leadership quote for this episode is from John Izzo and Marshall Goldsmith. He said, “Leadership is a posture and a choice, not a role that must be bestowed on you. Step up and be a leader when no one is watching or expecting you to do so.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website

Our topic today is part 3 of “Chapter 3: Preparing the Boat: Developing the Strategy” from “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs. He continues as follows:

— Developing a Strategic Plan

Now that we know why development is important, what it is, and who is responsible to make it happen, we turn to the practice of strategic development. It will tell us how to design the Strategy plan (big S). This involves pursuing a four-step strategic development process.

Anytime you attempt to execute a process, there will be certain barriers that get in the way and attempt to block it. I define them as embedded practices, policies, or persons (anything or anyone) that block the effective activation of your strategic plan. You will run headlong into them both in the development process and especially in its implementation, when you launch your developed strategic plan. Thus I have included some information on how to identify and deal with these barriers in chapter 13 under “Some Important Implementation Practices.” Should you encounter barriers as you take the following steps, use the information there to deal with them.

Step 1. Formulate Development Objectives with Goals

The very first part of the process is to formulate the objectives and their specific goals needed to effectively develop the mini-strategies that make up the overall ministry Strategy. We at The Malphurs Group have come up with eleven objectives. They are prayer, congregational communication, community outreach, disciple making, congregational mobilization, staffing, board development, setting (location and facilities), finances or stewardship, creativity and innovation, and leader development. Each of these objectives could have five to twenty or more goals. To see the goals for each of these objectives, turn to the Strategic Development Worksheet in appendix D. You may need to adjust each objective and its goals to your particular context. In your context you may want to come up with other objectives.

Before formulating specific goals, it is wise to understand the characteristics of good goals. There are at least five. They are clear — people understand what they are. They are urgent, important to the ministry, and need to have been accomplished yesterday. They are visible — people can see something taking place right before their eyes. They are meaningful and important to people. They are timely and can be accomplished quickly. Thus they lead to short-term as well as long-term wins.

Five Characteristics of Good Goals
1. Clear
2. Urgent
3. Visible
4. Meaningful
5. Timely

Step 2. Recruit Development Team Leaders and Teams

Ministry is only as good as the people who lead and carry it out, and this needs to be kept in mind in this step— recruiting the teams and their leaders. Most people have a profound inner desire to accomplish something of significance with their lives. Our job as leaders is to assist our people in accomplishing this for Christ, and it can be done when people are put in positions for which they are wired. Then their gifts, passions, and temperament will help them accomplish the goals. A person with the gift of evangelism might connect with the community outreach development team (DT). Another indication is one’s profession. For example, a realtor might join the community outreach DT, or a contractor, architect, or carpenter might be on the ministry setting DT (facilities and location).

First, you will need to determine which DTs are needed and then recruit the team members. We at The Malphurs Group recommend teams for each of the objectives listed above, along with a lead development team. Thus in addition to the lead team, we recommend the following: prayer team, congregational communication team, community outreach team, disciple-making team, congregational mobilization team, staff team, ministry setting (location and facilities) team, finance or stewardship team, and creative and innovative team, which can help the church adapt quickly to change in the culture. An optional team is one that develops a governing board. This objective is optional because some churches do not have a board. Another optional team is a church leadership development team.

The pastor and others, such as the leader of the lead development team (who may be the pastor), will select and recruit from the SLT the leader or champion for each development team listed above. Do not make the mistake of asking for volunteers. It’s okay to ask for volunteers to be on a team but not for leading a team. When you ask for volunteers to lead, you may get people who are not able or competent to lead. I suspect this may be the reason Jesus selected and pursued the disciples he knew would be good leaders.

Next, the DT leaders will, in turn, select their teams (at least two but no more than nine people) from those on the SLT, who are not leading or on another team, and from people in the congregation.

Once you have in place the DT members, the team members will divvy up the goals among them. How might they know which goals each should pursue? One, as mentioned above, is the person’s divine design (gifts, passion, and temperament). A second indication might be a personal interest. Someone may not have gifting or experience in a particular area but simply be interested in the area of ministry.

If the Lord tarries his coming and we live, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.



If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.