Strategy 2000: Churches Making Disciples for the Next Millennium

By Aubrey Malphurs
Grand Rapids : Kregel (1996). 220 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Alex Montoya
8.1 (Spring 1997) : 121-122

Aubrey Malphurs has written in the area of church growth and church planting, and is no stranger to those involved in those disciplines. He serves as president of Vision Ministries International and is chairman of the Field Education Department at Dallas Seminary.

Professor Malphurs has followed the church growth philosophies taught at Fuller Seminary and made popular in the Willow Creek and Saddleback Community Church models. In Strategy 2000, he seeks to stress the need for churches to see the necessity of developing a strategy to do ministry if they intend to survive in a changing society. Strategy 2000 is a book that lays out the steps whereby a church can develop a workable plan to accomplish church growth.

There is no question that churches need a strategy to do ministry, but it must be a biblical strategy if it is to have a biblical ministry. Unfortunately, Malphurs is not always clear on what the biblical model for ministry is, and more often than not, ends up suggesting the Willow Creek model as the strategy for the next millennium.

The book is thought-provoking and does stress the importance of a strategy to do ministry. It also becomes a good text in giving one an idea on how to develop a working strategy.