I was a little sketpical at first when I bought this book. I thought oh great, another numeric model to add to my already expanding numerals for ministry: The five purposes of the Purpose Driven Church, the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, the 9 Core Realities of Youth Ministry and now 7 Prasctices of Effective Ministry.
But my sketpicsim soon subsided. This book provides a great look underneath a ministry system. The premise of the book is that churches that are growing because they don’t know where they are going. The 7 Practices help church leaders to define the direction they want to head.
I think the neat thing about this book is that while the 7 Practices are laid out well, a church leadeship that is going through these as a team will benefit from the time spent together in prayer, and discussing their future, examining what works and what doesn’t. Really a leadeship team that embarks on a journey to implement these seven practices will be challenged, stretched and empowered to lead from a plan that is local and organic having originated within their own orginization.
The Seven Practcies are:
1. Clarify the win
2. Think Steps, Not Programs
3. Narrow the Focus
4. Teach Less for More
5. Listen to Outsiders
6. Replace Yourself
7. Work on It
Unless you have read the book, these practices may not make any sense to you. But, Stanley and his crew do a marelous job breaking down what these practices are, and how they work. Let me stress that this is not a program to add to an often over extended litany of programs, but steps if you will to take your congregation to the place you’ve always wanted it to go.
If you read this book, a ministry makeover is likely in your future!