Developing a Vision for Ministry in the 21st Century

Baker, 1999


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.

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Key Features

  • Explains the importance of a vision to church growth
  • Offers sample visions
  • Includes visuals and graphics
  • Clarifies the difference between visions and mission statements


  • It's a Must! The Importance of a Vision
  • What Are We Talking About? The Definition of a Vision
  • The Vision Personnel: Giving Birth to Your Vision, Part 1
  • The Vision Process: Giving Birth to Your Vision, Part 2
  • It's a Vision! Communicating Your Vision
  • Overcoming Initial Inertia: The Implementation of Your Vision, Part 1
  • Overcoming Obstinate Obstacles: The Implementation of Your Vision, Part 2
  • Bittersweet: The Preservation of Your Vision

Praise for the Print Edition

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

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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.


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