LISTEN: Preparing the Navigator, Pt. 11; Minimality, Pt. 9; Logic of Humility, Pt. 5 (Strategic Christian Leadership, Series #1, Episode #16 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 #16

Our Strategic Christian Leadership Bible verse for this episode is Romans 5:3-5 which says, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Our Strategic Christian Leadership quote for this episode is from Dan B. Allender. He said, “One of the best sources of perspective is enemies. If we can learn from them, then we can profit from anyone.”

Our first topic today is part 11 of “Chapter 1: Preparing the Navigator — A Prelaunch Checklist” from “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs.

We are continuing our look at Creative Tools for Strategic Planning


A quick way to discover where people are on a particular decision or issue is to use the scale of 1 to 10 (see the scales in the preplanning checklist at the end of this chapter). If the leader of a group such as a board wants to know where people stand on an issue, he or she can ask each one for a number between 1 and 10. A 1 says the person is strongly against the issue, and a 10 indicates that he or she is adamantly for it. A 5 or 6 means not sure.

If all those in a group give a 10 to a particular issue, such as a change of worship style from traditional to contemporary or hiring a new staff person, then the leader can move forward without unnecessary discussion. The leader knows that the group is convinced of or behind the proposal or decision. If most of them give a 1, this signals that they do not support the issue. Since it is obvious that the group is decidedly opposed, the leader will not want to spend time discussing the issue any further. When most members of the group give a 5 or 6, it shows that they are undecided and need to spend some time in discussion.

Our second topic today is part 9 of “Chapter 1: Minimality — Keep it Simple” from “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning.

The Comfort Zone

The balanced approach Deliberate Simplicity takes can be illustrated by the thermostat dial I remember on the wall in my childhood home. The thermostat had a shaded area on it about two-thirds of the way around the radius, marked “comfort zone.”

The inner and outer radius of the dial represent cost and performance. At the left side of the dial is less cost and performance. At the right side is greater cost and performance. The comfort zone has a bottom and top edge that represent a reasonable balance. Set the dial below the comfort zone, and house temperatures might be uncomfortably cool. Above the comfort zone, the temperature might be needlessly warm and inordinately costly.

Our third topic today is part 5 of Chapter 3: “Common Sense: The Logic of Humility” from “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson.

The mysterious harmony of the laws of nature should lead thinking people—whether believer or otherwise—to an attitude not far off humility.

Adding to this sense of marvel before nature is the intriguing discovery in recent decades of the “fine-tuning” of the universe. Apparently, from the nanosecond after the beginning of the cosmos, matter strangely obeyed certain “rules” that were absolutely necessary for the formation of stars, carbon and, therefore, life as we know it. I am no expert on these things—my historical knowledge goes back a blink-of-an-eye by comparison—but one important text on the subject (Universes by Professor John Leslie, a specialist in the philosophy of science and a nonreligious man) summarizes these rules or “physical constants” as follows:

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 Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.