LISTEN: Preparing the Navigator, Pt. 10; Minimality, Pt. 7; Logic of Humility, Pt. 4 (Strategic Christian Leadership, Series #1, Episode #14 with Daniel Whyte III)

The simple purpose of this podcast is to help church leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Series #1, Episode #14

Our Strategic Christian Leadership Bible verse for this episode is Deuteronomy 18:15 which says, “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.”

Our Strategic Christian Leadership quote for this episode is from Woodrow Wilson. He said, “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

Our first topic today is part 10 of “Chapter 1: Preparing the Navigator — A Prelaunch Checklist” from “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs. He writes:

9. Weighing the Cost of Strategic Planning

Another concern for most ministries as they consider strategic planning is cost. Can we afford to do strategic planning? It is a legitimate concern because several cost commitments may be involved. However, they are not exorbitant.

There may be an expense for the personnel who are responsible for doing the primary crafting of the process, unless the staff are already on the payroll. Should the church decide that it is best for the strategists to get away periodically for their planning sessions, their travel, meals, and lodging would be additional expenses.

Our second topic today is part 7 of “Chapter 1: Minimality — Keep it Simple” from “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning. He continues as follows:

Living Large in Small Places

Extra-large is not as popular a size in our culture as it used to be. For instance, there is a trend in home buying away from larger and larger homes to smaller, cozier dwellings. A bigger house does not make a better one. Cottage is the feel-good word of the new millennium. USA Today columnist Craig Wilson reports, “Though most Americans don’t live in cottages, the term is being used to connote an informality that can be translated to any style of architecture…. The idea is to offer a more lived-in look. Kids jumping on beds. The man of the house reclining on the sofa.” People are finding that small spaces can still give you a big feeling, and that it is the quality and character of the space rather than the size of it that matters. Consider this article from the May 16, 2003, edition of USA Today, titled “McMansion Passion Is Diminishing”:

Our third topic today is part 4 of Chapter 3: “Common Sense: The Logic of Humility” from “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. He continues as follows:

A story is told—apparently it is true—of Muhammad Ali during the peak of his career. I understand that he is now a truly humble man and that many of his public antics were just showmanship. But on one occasion as he was flying interstate to defend his world heavyweight title the captain abruptly announced, “Approaching severe turbulence. Would passengers and crew fasten seatbelts immediately?”

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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. 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 which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. 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 School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.