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January 14, 2009
I am pumped about this work!! Bud Wrenn's book is to innovative churches what GPS is to navigation! You won't just read this book, you will use this book over and over. It will not gather dust in your library! Thought provoking and answer providing!!
I just finished reading a book entitled, "Innovative Planning: Your Church in 4-D," written by my good friend, Bud Wrenn. Bud is the founding pastor of Integrity Community Church, the Director of the Innovative Church Community and a former corporate executive. His book reflects the wealth of experience that he has gained in all those positions. Whether you work in the sacred or the secular world, If you are a student of leadership, you'll find this book a must read.I consider myself a student of leadership truths and principles. And as others have said, "All truth is God's truth," so, I believe that the principles taught in Bud's book are applicable in all types of organizations. The real help I've received from this book is the understanding of how to "land the plane." This book helps dreamers like myself come down from the clouds, get our bearings, lower the landing gear, and land the plane in the desired destination. For those of us who love having conversations at "35,000 feet," this book offers us steps to bring our dreams to earth.After all dreams are only dreams, unless we take steps to accomplish them. Bud Wrenn's book helps us discover and take those steps.
This book is a must for every pastor/leader and should be required reading for everyone in leadership in the church. So often we know what direction the Lord wants us to go, but are never quite sure how to get there. In Innovative Planning Bud gives some clear principles on what we need to do to get there. My biggest regret is that I didn't have this information years ago.
As the pastor of a new church, one of my biggest concerns is creating an organizational culture that pushes us to be all we can be for God? Bud Wrenn's book should help churches answer that challenge.Before I get too far, I probably should include a disclaimer. Bud Wrenn is a good friend of mine. That's one reason I put off reading and reviewing my advanced copy. I mean, what if it stinks? I shouldn't have worried. The book is fantastic. And any lingering concerns were eliminated in chapter 3: Visional Planning. I'm a visionary leader. This chapter is the best treatment of visionary leadership and planning I have ever read. And the four-step approach to planning (Visional, Missional, Strategic and Tactical) is an excellent approach and a great way to understand where different people can best fit into the planning process.Bud's years of experience, both in the corporate world and church environments provides a wealth of illustrations and a workable strategy for leading a church to capture and fulfill its God-given vision. And while many non-fiction books have enough good ideas for about eighty pages (then pad and repeat information to make it long enough to merit a cover instead of a staple), this book is packed with great info and insight throughout its nearly 200 pages.The book is not without its weaknesses. The author likes dictionary definitions a little much for my taste and his prose style indicates he's a speaker first, then a writer. Sometimes in his zest he goes a little too deep into planning specifics. It wouldn't be hard to imagine a church with a certain style leadership getting so caught up in the details of planning they never get around to ministry. But compared to the wealth of solid, practical information available in its pages, the quibbles are inconsequential. As our church works to create an organization that can fulfill our vision, Bud Wrenn's book is about to become our church's textbook.