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Innovative Planning : Your Church in 4-D

SKU 9780827216501

By Bud Wrenn


For leaders of small organizations-churches and businesses-who do not have a regular, ongoing planning process, this book will be your guide to becoming an innovative planner for your group's future.

Innovative Planning presents a solid process for developing complete organizational planning-from vision, to mission, to strategies. It also includes the day-to-day operations-the level at which the vision ultimately comes to fruition.

Experienced pastor and certified leadership coach and consultant Bud Wrenn draws on his organizational experiences to help leaders become "four-dimensional" planners. Not everyone in your group, church, or organization think in visionary terms. But as an organizational leader, it is crucial for you to communicate the vissionary message.

Foreword by Rick Warren


“I can’t imagine how any church wouldn’t benefit from this book. It is a thorough, well-written, and compelling overview of the challenges faced by a congregation concerning alignment, innovation, and planning, and how those challenges can be overcome.”

—Patrick Lencioni, president, The Table Group, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

“I have needed this book for the past twenty years. What Bud Wrenn suggests has the potential to unleash and focus an extraordinary amount of power and momentum in our churches. He shows us how to take very seriously the work of leading God’s church, in both practical and visionary ways.”
—Nancy Ortberg, author of Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands: Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership

“Anyone can take the simple and make it complicated. Bud Wrenn is that rare pastor-leader who can take the complicated and make it simple. In this book he takes on the complicated issue of church planning and makes it so simple that even I can understand it and do it!”
—Nelson Searcy, lead pastor of The Journey Church in New York City, author and founder of

“Bud’s use of metaphor and diagrams are powerful and memorable teaching tools for lay leaders and clergy alike. Readers will be stretched, encouraged, and helped significantly by this book!”
—Edward H. Hammett, author of Spiritual Leadership in a Secular Age and Reaching People Under 40 while Keeping People over 60