As one of the first vision books on the market, this book's first edition was recognized as a groundbreaking resource. It was given a Christianity Today Your Church Recommended Resource award in 1993 and won favorable reviews:
"This book is the best one available for the church planter who wants to lead with vision and purpose." --Charles Worley, The Bookshelf
"An excellent resource. ... A practical, useful help for the pastor who desires to move beyond a maintenance ministry and see his church grow." --Donald Dunavant, Mid-America Theological Journal
Now revised and updated, this second edition includes sample vision statements and additional graphics and visuals to enhance the book's appeal. It also clarifies the difference between a vision and a mission statement and shows how vision relates to four key ministry concepts.
Pastors, church leaders, students, and laypeople who want to become purposeful strategists will benefit from this book. It moves beyond theory to offer practical steps for establishing a vision. Worksheets and end-of-chapter questions will help readers understand and implement the ideas presented in this book.
Helps the reader give birth to, implement, and preserve vision.... A great resource in academic settings, giving foundational principles for visionaries.... Malphurs makes for the good 'midwife' bringing forth the vision, taking the reader through a step-by-step process from conception to birth.--Ministries Today (November/December 1999)