Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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

Our Strategic Christian Leadership Bible verse for this episode is Hebrews 13:17 which says, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”

Our Strategic Christian Leadership quote for this episode is from Peter Drucker. He said, “No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.”

Our topic today is part 4 of “Chapter 3: Preparing the Boat: Developing the Strategy” from “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs. He continues as follows:

— Step 3. Determine Development Deadlines

Decide when the goals must be accomplished. This means setting completion dates, which are the benchmarks for success. I have discovered that in ministry, like almost everything else, some people are doers and some are procrastinators. While I suspect that all people have a little procrastinator in them, the leaders of the teams need to be doers. Doers as well as procrastinators need deadlines, for deadlines signal not only when they have to be finished but also when they have to begin the launch or implementation phase.

Keep in mind that time is of the essence in strategic design. We are looking for short-term wins as much as long-term wins. For some people to do their best work, however, plenty of time will be needed. They prefer not to be too rushed. They like some time to think and be creative. Others do their best work when under pressure. When things come down to the final out in the final inning, they can step up to the plate and hit the ball out of the ballpark. In either case, a deadline is essential and exerts necessary pressure.


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 including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. 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.

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’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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