Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement
Church consultant Will Mancini provides an exciting new model of visionary church leadership. He explains how each church has a unique culture that reflects its particular values and context, and identifies the keys that enable church leaders to unlock their...
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Church consultant Will Mancini provides an exciting new model of visionary church leadership. He explains how each church has a unique culture that reflects its particular values and context, and identifies the keys that enable church leaders to unlock their church's one-of-a-kind potential!
Written by church consultant Will Mancini1;n expert on a new kind of visioning process to help churches develop a stunningly unique model of ministry that leads to redemptive movement. He guides churches away from an internal focus to emphasize participation in their community and surrounding culture. In this important book, Mancini offers an approach for rethinking what it means to lead with clarity as a visionary. Mancini explains that each church has a culture that reflects its particular values, thoughts, attitudes, and actions and shows how church leaders can unlock their church's individual DNA and unleash their congregation's one-of-a-kind potential.
Praise for Church Unique"There is a screaming need today for leaders who will rise above quick fixes and generic approaches. Now, Will Mancini has brought an indispensable book to the church leader's toolbox, providing a thoughtful and creative process that will galvanize your team to unleash God's vision for your church." -Howard Hendricks, chairman, Center for Christian Leadership;distinguished professor, Dallas Theological Seminary"Will Mancini's vision for vision is contagious. Church Unique doesn't hold back-challenging existing paradigms, yes, but also providing new maps for churches to engage in God's mission." -Ed Stetzer, director, LifeWay Research; coauthor, Comeback Churches and Compelled by Love"If leaders are to steer the church through the challenges of the twenty-first century successfully, they will need help to negotiate the complexities of the spirituality, culture, history, and institutional structures that make up organizations. Will Mancini is a savvy navigator and Church Unique is an impressive blueprint for organizational renewal." -Alan Hirsch, author, The Forgotten Ways and The Shaping of Things to Come; founding director, Forge Mission Training Network"Will Mancini has done us all a great favor in releasing the practical ways he helps church leaders envision their own unique future.?His insights provide you the coaching you need to prepare for your next ministry chapter." -Reggie McNeal, author, The Present Future"If you don't know the unique purpose of your church, read this book now!" -Jim Tomberlin, founder, Third Quarter Consulting; former regional pastor, Willow Creek Community Church"Will Mancini's love for the local church and skill for facilitating vision makes this a must-read. He is a Sherpa, not a travel agent. He has the experience; he knows the trail." -Lance Witt, founder, Replenish Ministries; former executive pastor, Saddleback Community Church
Will Mancini, a former pastor, is the founder of Auxano, a national consulting group that works with traditional and emerging churches and ministries of all types around the country. Their mission is to navigate leaders through growth challenges with vision clarity (auxano.com). ýAbout Leadership Network The mission of Leadership Network identifies and connects innovative church leaders, providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact Leadership Network at www.leadnet.org.
Max Lucado loves words - written, spoken - it does not matter. He loves to craft sentences that are memorable, inspiring and hopefully life-changing. In almost 25 years of writing, more than 65 million books filled with his words have been sold.
Max is the only author to have won three Christian Book of the Year awards - in 1999 for Just Like Jesus, in 1997 for In the Grip of Grace, and in 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader's Digest magazine dubbed him 'America's Best Preacher' and in 2004, Christianity Today magazine called him 'America's Pastor.' The product line for 3:16 - The Numbers of Hope sold more than four million units worldwide, including one million units of the book of the same title (released in September 2007), making it the fastest selling Lucado product in his career.
His works have appeared on every major national bestseller list including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, The New York Times, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and Christian Booksellers Association. He has been featured in countless media outlets and national broadcasts.
Max's writings have been published in a wide array of formats including adult books, gift books, children's titles, Bibles, commentaries, calendars and devotionals. He is also the author/creator of Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends brand family, one of the most popular animated DVD series in the marketplace, with more than 5 million units sold to date. His words have also inspired a branded line of greeting cards and gift books for Hallmark/Dayspring that has sold more than 15 million copies since its 2001 debut.
Max Lucado is a Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, where he has served since 1988. He has been married to Denalyn Preston Lucado since 1981, and they have three grown daughters - Jenna, Andrea and Sarafdand one son-in-law, Brett.
Birth Place: San Angelo, Texas
Graduate: Andrews High School, Andrews, Texas
BA Mass Communications, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
MA: Biblical and Related Studies, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
Associate Minister, Central Church of Christ, Miami, Florida
Church Planning Missionary, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Currently serving as a Preaching Minister, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, Texas
Teaching Ministry of Max Lucado
In 1991, Max Lucado was presented the idea of developing a radio broadcast that focused solely on Jesus Christ. As a result, the vision for UpWords Ministries was born. Since that time, 'UpWords, with Max Lucado' has changed from a 15 minute, daily feature to an inspirational one minute message. Today, UpWords is heard in over fourteen hundred radio markets around the world.
Along with the inspirational radio program, UpWords provides a comprehensive library of full-length CDs as well as many downloadable audio files of Max's weekly sermons delivered to his home church in San Antonio, Texas.
UpWords exists for the sole purpose of encouraging others to take one step closer to Jesus Christ. The staff of UpWords is prayerfully dedicated to this purpose and is constantly humbled to see God's hand at work.
- About Leadership Network. Foreword. Introduction. Part One: Recasting Vision. 1. Unoriginal Sin: Neglecting Uniqueness. 2. The Fall Of Strategic Planning: Obscuring The Essence. 3. The Iniquity Of Church Growth: Caging The Kingdom. 4. Lost Congregations: How Churches Adapt To The Vision Vacuum. Part Two: Clarifying Vision. 5. The Good News Of Clarity: Why Believe In Vision Today?. 6. Clarity Pre-evangelism: Softening Your Heart For Clarity. 7. The Alpha And Omega Of Clarity: The Ultimate Source Of Vision. 8. Hear The Cloud Of Witnesses: Learning From Vision Legacies. 9. Discover Your Kingdom Concept: How To Ascertain Vision. 10. Take A Closer Look: Navigating Your Discovery Process. Part Three: Articulating Vision. 11. See With New Eyes: Defining Your Vision Frame. 12. Carry The Holy Orders: Mission As Missional Mandate. 13. Feel The Common Heartbeat: Values As Missional Motives. 14. Show Me The Way: Strategy As Missional Map. 15. Talk The Walk: Measures As Missional Life Marks. 16. Frame The Future: Preparing For A Vision Lifestyle. 17. Speak With New Tongues: Articulating Vision Proper. Part Four: Advancing Vision. 18. Wage War Against The Status Quo: From Articulation To Traction. 19. Meet Long In The Upper Room: The Secret Of Attunement. 20. Transform The Future: Delivering Vision Daily. Parting Thoughts. 21. Resurrect Your Uniqueness: If You Copy Someone Else?s Vision, Who Will Accomplish Yours?. Appendix A Logos And Strategy Icon Examples. Appendix B Vision Path Examples. Notes. Bibliography. Acknowledgments. About The Author. Index.