A few weeks ago I sent a message to a number of my friends and colleagues saying,
As I prepare to return to full time ministry this coming 7/1, I have found myself wondering what I have missed out on in the world of churchy literature this last couple of years. So, I’m inviting your recommendations on things related to theology, church leadership, etc. What have you read or used as a resource in the last couple of years that you would recommend?
I have compiled their responses into the list below. Several years ago I read Taylor’s Out of Bounds Church, but otherwise haven’t read anything on the list. I am beginning with Slaughter’s, Unlearning Church as it was loaned to me when the recommendation was made.
- Have you read any of the books below?
- What are your favorites?
- What others would you recommend?
A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, Edwin H. Freidman
Almost Christian, Kenda Creasy Dean
Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus, Michael Slaughter
Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times, Peter Steinke
Dinosaur Heart Transplants: Renewing Mainline Congregations, R. Robert Cueni
The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels, Michael Watkins
Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church, Nelson Searcy & Jennifer Henson
I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church!, Paul Nixon
Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading, Martin Linsky & Ronald A. Heifetz
Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community, Elaine Heath
Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church, Reggie McNeal
The Mystic Way of Evangelism, Elaine Heath
OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook, Kenda Creasy Dean
The Out of Bounds Church, Steve Taylor
Pathway to Renewal: Practical Steps for Congregations, Daniel P. Smith & Mary K. Sellon
Power Surge: Six Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church, Michael W. Foss
Practicing Right Relationship, Mary K. Sellon and Daniel P. Smith
Reaching People Under 40 While Keeping People Over 60: Being Church for All Generations, Edward H. Hammett & James R. Pierce
Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples, Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger
Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church, Lovett Weems
Twelve Keys to an Effective Church: Strong Healthy Congregations Living in the Grace of God, Kennon L. Callahan
Unlearning Church, Michael Slaughter
Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship, Alan Hirsch and Debra Hirsch
Vital Signs: A Pathway to Congregational Wholeness, Dan R. Dick
You Only Have to Die: Leading Your Congregation to New Life, James A. Harnish