Personal Development

BOOK REVIEWS

The strength of our Book Reviews collection lies in the categorical breakdown that we have created for you below. We have divided the most common ministry design issues into categories so that you can more easily find the solution that you are looking for. Our eventual goal is to have an in-depth review for every book that will give you further assistance in discovering the reading pathway that can lead you to the solutions to the ministry issues you may be facing.


LEADERSHIP |

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • 10 Steps to Effective Leadership: Strategies to Maximize Your Potential

    By Frank McKinley

    Become a More Effective Leader in 1 Hour!

  • 27 Tough Questions Pastors Ask

    By Dick Hardy

    “What’s this book about? Everything But Preaching! Preaching is the fun stuff for most pastors. It’s everything but preaching that eats their lunch. This book tackles the ministry stuff that keeps pastors up at night. Dick Hardy provides clear, frank answers to 27 of the toughest questions pastors ask. Got questions? This book has answers!”

  • 5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time

    By Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram

    Be present, connect more effectively, all while being as productive as possible

    5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There’s Never Enough Time teaches you to shift into the right gear at the right time so that you can grow in your relational intelligence and increase your influence. This revolutionary text introduces you to the five different gears, or mindsets, that carry you through various facets of your day. These include:

    • First gear—when you fully rest and recharge
    • Second gear—when you connect with family or friends without the involvement of work
    • Third gear—when you are socializing
    • Fourth gear—when you are working and multi-tasking
    • Fifth gear—when you are fully focused and ‘in the zone,’ working without interruption

    Using these gears consistently allows you to bring a new level of relational intelligence to your life that offers a competitive advantage in our task-driven world.

    All too often people go through life without truly connecting—and can, as a result, miss out on experiences and relationships that have the power to bring them great joy. By understanding how the five gears presented in this engaging book work, you can improve your ability to connect with the world around you.

    • Explore why some people stay disconnected from the people and events around them, and why others always seem to have a deep connection to their friends, family, and surroundings
    • Learn how to set triggers and markers that help you shift into the right gears at the right time, which will increase your relational dynamics and make you more productive.
    • Create positive change in the dynamics of your relationships
    • Improve your respect and influence—and learn a sign language that, when used, can change your perspective and your world.

    5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There’s Never Enough Time is the perfect resource for anyone who wants to live and lead connected.

  • 5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time

    By Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram

    Be present, connect more effectively, all while being as productive as possible
    5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time teaches you to shift into the right gear at the right time so that you can grow in your relational intelligence and increase your influence. This revolutionary text introduces you to the five different gears, or mindsets, that carry you through various facets of your day. These include:

    • First gear—when you fully rest and recharge
    • Second gear—when you connect with family or friends without the involvement of work
    • Third gear—when you are socializing
    • Fourth gear—when you are working and multi-tasking
    • Fifth gear—when you are fully focused and ‘in the zone,’ working without interruption

    Using these gears consistently allows you to bring a new level of relational intelligence to your life that offers a competitive advantage in our task-driven world.

    All too often people go through life without truly connecting—and can, as a result, miss out on experiences and relationships that have the power to bring them great joy. By understanding how the five gears presented in this engaging book work, you can improve your ability to connect with the world around you.

    • Explore why some people stay disconnected from the people and events around them, and why others always seem to have a deep connection to their friends, family, and surroundings
    • Learn how to set triggers and markers that help you shift into the right gears at the right time, which will increase your relational dynamics and make you more productive
    • Create positive change in the dynamics of your relationships
    • Improve your respect and influence—and learn a sign language that, when used, can change your perspective and your world.

    5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time is the perfect resource for anyone who wants to live and lead connected.

  • 9 Things a Leader Must Do: How to Go to the Next Level–And Take Others With You

    by Henry Cloud. Publisher: Thomas Nelson.
    Authors personal “truisms” from his experience as a ministry leader.

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    Purpose: The author pulls from his own experience and provides pathways or patterns of behavior that produce fruitfulness in peoples’ lives and warns the reader about the consequences of avoiding these pathways or patterns. Content: The author presents 9 lessons for developing your leadership ability and supports those lessons with case studies and examples Analysis: This book is simple and easy to read with basic contents and suggestions but it is not just an ordinary book. Some will find the content to be elementary yet it can be helpful in providing foundational principles for personal leadership development. Application: Who will this book benefit? Those that need to add structured directives to their behavioral patterns in everyday living. How should it benefit the reader? Leadership development. Where does this fit in the Ministry Design process? If you are struggling with developing biblical leaders in your ministry this may provide you some structured principles and applications. This should be one of many books you read on leadership development – it ministers to the head. Aha Thought:“Hope is one of the great virtues in life, right up there with faith and love (I Corinthians 13:13). But hope is not a fairy tale wish; it is bedrock, and you should be able to order your life with it at your side. Hope means investing time and energy toward results that you have solid reason to believe can be achieved. It is not hope to invest time and energy in a goal that has no forces acting upon it to bring it about. That is stagnation. It is a waste of time, and time is ultimately what your life and work are about.”(p. 36)
  • A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders

    by Reggie McNeal. Publisher: Jossey-Bass.

    Focuses on the fundamentals of spiritual growth and development.

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    Spiritual leadership is a work of heart. That is the focus of this book as it takes us on a journey through the spiritual development of four biblical characters, two from the Old Testament (Moses and David) and two from the New Testament (Jesus and Paul) then part two discusses the six areas of a leader’s life that are used to develop him spiritually to lead others. These “arenas” are culture, call, community, communion, conflict, and the commonplace. Through the stories of the biblical characters and the “arenas” the writer leads us to marvel at God’s design and handiwork in our own life to make us a great person and not just a great leader.

    For those of us that have been focusing on the functions of a leader this is a strong reminder to refocus our attention to our own spiritual development so we can properly lead others to develop in their relationship with God. The flip side of that coin is the warning that is given in the book to those to neglect their heart development will reap the rewards of that inattention. He lists the fruit of our neglect as ranging from “spiritual powerlessness to lackluster leadership to spiritual bankruptcy. The lesson is if we pay attention to our spiritual development through our personal relationship with Christ and partner with Him in our own “heart-shaping” we avoid many of the pitfalls and reap many of the blessings. Make certain we intentionally look after our own hearts while dealing with the hearts of others.

    The book is well written and challenges the reader page to page and paragraph to paragraph. I believe you will find this volume an added help to your leadership efforts as you serve Christ in an ever changing world.

     

  • Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs

    By Bill Hybels

    “The best leaders not only lead well but also reflect on their leadership long enough and thoughtfully enough to articulate the philosophies that cause them to do so. Whether serving in the marketplace or in ministry, as executives or rank-and-file employees, as salaried staff or volunteer servants, good leaders can pinpoint the rationale for their actions and decisions with the ease of reciting their home address. In Axiom: The Language of Leadership, author Bill Hybels divulges the God-given convictions that have dictated his leadership strategy for more than three decades as senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Oriented toward four key leadership categories … 1. Vision and strategy (“Promote Shameless Profitability,” “Take a Flyer”) 2. Teamwork and communication (“Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn’t for Hire,” “Disagree without Drawing Blood”) 3. Activity and assessment (“Develop a Mole System,” “Sweat the Small Stuff”) 4. Personal integrity (“Admit Mistakes, and Your Stock Goes Up,” “Fight for Your Family”) …Axiom brokers accessible wisdom from one leader’s journey, as well as emboldens you to nail down the reasons why you lead like you lead.”

  • Be A People Person: Effective Leadership Through Relationships

    by John Maxwell

  • Boundaries for Leaders: Results, Relationships, and Being Ridiculously In Charge [Kindle Edition With Audio/Video]

    by Henry Cloud

    Practical advice, from a seasoned veteran, on how to manage teams, coach direct reports, and instill an organization with strong values and culture

  • Change Your Questions Change Your Church: How to Lead with Powerful Questions

    by J. Val Hastings

    How to master the right questions to move your ministry forward to the next level

  • Choosing To Cheat: Who Wins When Family and Work Collide

    by Andy Stanley. Publisher: Multnomah Books.

    It focuses on keeping your priorities in line with God’s.

  • Church Leadership Essentials: What Every Pastor Needs to Know

    By Greg Atkinson (Author)

    This book is a tool box of 24 leadership ideas to help pastors and other ministry leaders.

  • Church Leadership Essentials: What Every Pastor Needs to Know

    By Greg Atkinson

    “Think of this book as a toolbox full of leadership tools for pastors and other church leaders. Greg Atkinson has the uncanny ability to get to the heart of issues, and offer solutions and resolutions in a practical and meaningful way. He packs 34 key leadership principles into concise but powerful chapters. This book is the vital leadership training that many seminaries fail to offer. It can revolutionize your ministry.”

  • Communicating For A Change

    by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones. Publisher: Multnomah Books.

    Practical wisdom on how to efectively lead through communication.

  • Communicating for Managerial Effectiveness: Problems | Strategies | Solutions

    by Phillip G. Clampitt. Publisher: Sage Publications.
  • Courageous Leadership

    By Bill Hybels

    “The book you hold resonates with this conviction: that leaders such as you have the potential to be the most influential forces on planet Earth. Yours is the staggering responsibility and the matchless privilege of rallying believers and mobilizing their spiritual gifts in order to help people who are far from God become fully devoted followers of Christ. Life transformation and the eternal destinies of real people depend on the redemptive message entrusted to the local church. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to lead your church effectively so God’s message of hope can change the world? Then this book is for you.
    Courageous Leadership is Bill Hybels’ magnum opus, a book far too important to be written before its time. Only now, after nearly thirty years leading his own church from a handful of people with a burning vision into a globe-spanning kingdom force—only after almost three decades of victories and setbacks, of praying hard and risking big—is Hybels ready at last to share the lessons he has learned, and continues to learn, about Christian leadership.
    Too much is at stake for you not to maximize your spiritual gift of leadership, insists Hybels. In this passionate, powerful book, he unpacks the tools, tasks, and challenges of your calling. You’ll discover the power of vision and how to turn it into action. You’ll gain frontline insights for developing a kingdom dream team, discovering your leadership style, developing other leaders, making decisions, walking with God, embracing change, staying your God-given course, and much, much more. Drawing on his own richly varied life experiences, Hybels fleshes out vital principles with riveting firsthand stories.
    This is far more than another book on leadership strategies and techniques. You’ll find those topics in here, to be sure. But beyond them, you’ll find the very essence of one of today’s foremost Christian leaders—his fervent commitment to evangelism and discipleship and his zeal to inspire fellow church leaders even as he seeks to keep growing as a leader himself.
    If unchurched people matter to you . . . if you love seeing believers serve passionately with their spiritual gifts . . . if God’s heartbeat for the church is your heartbeat as well . . . then this book is a must. Courageous Leadership will convince you to lead with all your might, all your skill, and all your faith. And it will give you the tools to do just that.”

  • Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem

    by Kevin DeYoung

    The author, Kevin DeYoung, rejects the “busyness as usual” mindset, arguing that a life of constant chaos is far from what God intends. He helps us figure out a better way forward as he strikes a mature and well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing everything. With his usual warmth, humor, and honesty, Kevin deftly attacks the widespread “crazy busy” epidemic and offers up the restful cure we’ve all been too busy to find.

  • Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

    by Francis Chan. Publisher: David C. Cook.

    A call to love God.

  • Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues With Timeless Truth

    by R. Albert Mohler Jr., Publisher: Multnomah Books.

    It focuses on developing our personal Biblical world view.

  • Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

    by Patrick Lencioni

    The principles shared in this book are transferable to ministry. An enjoyable read that is quick and easy. It’s story will captivate you.

  • Developing a Theology of Leadership

    by Tony Morgan. Publisher: Amazon Digital Services.
  • Developing a Theology of Leadership

    by Tony Morgan

    Addresses biblical leadership.

     

  • Developing the Leader Within You

    by John C. Maxwell. Publisher: Thomas Nelson.

    Discusses principles of influence and how to develop and implement them in your life and leadership.

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    Purpose:
    To help the reader think through the development of their leadership ability.  How to develop the “vision, value, influence, and motivation required of successful leaders”.

    Content:
    The book gives the definition of and key to leadership.  The author gives the most important ingredient of leadership and the quickest way to gain it as well as giving you the ultimate test of your leadership.  He shows you how you can develop your most appreciable asset: people, and lays out the price tag for being a leader.

    Analysis:
    The book is helpful as a primer for initial entry into your own leadership development.  The author explains the difference between being a leader and a manager and how to shift from managing to leading.  Church leaders must get a grasp on this concept.  There is a big difference between managing your ministry and leading your people.  Are you working in your ministry or on your ministry?

    Application:
    Who will benefit?
    Those wishing to develop their own leadership abilities.

    How will it benefit?
    It can provide basic instructions for leadership development.

    Where does it fit?
    As a part of the initial development of the key leaders in your ministry.

    Aha Thought:

    “There seems to be a great deal of confusion over the difference between ‘leadership’  and ‘management.’  John W. Gardner, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, who is directing a leadership study project in Washington, D.C., has pinpointed five characteristics that set ‘leader managers’ apart from ‘run-of-the-mill managers’:

    1. Leader managers are long-term thinkers who see beyond the day’s crisis and the quarterly report.
    2. Leader managers ’interest in their companies do not stop with the units they head.  They want to know how all of the company’s departments affect one another, and they are constantly reaching beyond their specific areas of influence.
    3. Leader managers put heavy emphasis on vision, values, and motivation.
    4. Leader managers have strong political skills to cope with conflicting requirements of multiple constituents.
    5. Leader managers don’t accept the status quo.

     

    Management is the process of assuring that the program and objectives of the organization are implements.  Leadership, on the other hand, has to do with casting vision and motivating people.” (p. 4)

     

  • Drucker & Me: What a Texas Entrepenuer Learned From the Father of Modern Management

    By Bob Buford

    “In 1982 a young, ambitious East Texas entrepreneur, whose business is growing at double-digit rates, decides there must be more the life. So, oddly enough, he writes a letter to the man whose books he most treasures—Peter R. Drucker, father of modern management theory and practice. As they met over the years, Buford sees that “Drucker is to management what Shakespeare is to literature.” Their relationship progresses from paid consultant to mentor and close friend. Drucker & Me tells how two men discover a mutual passion and strategy that will literally change the world. Their disappointment with corporate America leads them to embrace the non-profit sector, including one of the most important developments in the last 30 years—the mega church movement. Believing non-profit organizations change lives, they begin work with Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and others to design a new management model for non-profits in the 20th century.”

  • Embracing Uncertainty: The Essence of Leadership

    by Phillip G. Clampitt. Publisher: M E Sharpe Inc.
  • Equipped To Lead (Equipping The Saints)

    by Jerry Simmons

    “This is the workbook for a seven week course designed to help you learn Biblical leadership from examples in the Bible.
    Examples include: Jesus, Moses & Joshua, David, Saul & Absalom, Ezra & Nehemiah, and Paul.
    Each session includes a link to the video teaching, discussion points, book recommendation, essential practicals and homework for the week.”

  • Every Man’s Battle: Every Man’s Guide to Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time

    by Stephen Arterburn. Publisher: Water Brook.

    Help for sexual temptation from a biblical perspective.

  • Extreme Righteousness

    by Tom Hovestol. Publisher: Authentic.

    A study of the Pharisees of Jesus’s time.

  • Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

    By Daniel Goleman

    “In Focus, Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today’s scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

    Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to survive in a complex world.

    Goleman boils down attention research into a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. Drawing on rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business, he shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and explains how those who rely on Smart Practices—mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental “prosthetics” that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain greatness—excel while others do not.”

  • Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

    By Daniel Goleman

    In Focus, Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 international bestsellerEmotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today’s scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

    Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to survive in a complex world.

    Goleman boils down attention research into a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. Drawing on rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business, he shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and explains how those who rely on Smart Practices—mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental “prosthetics” that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain greatness—excel while others do not.

  • From The Gardon To The City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology

    by John Dyer. Publisher: Kregel Publications.

    This book assists the reader to discern the power of technology to be used as either a blessing or a curse.

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    The author reveals the origin and history of technology from a biblical point of view. His work will help ground you in your theology of technology so that you can lead others through the same exercise to strengthen their lives so they will know why they are to use it. He clearly points out that technology is not neutral and that believers need to think through and understand the power of technology to bless or curse their lives. This book is John’s effort to help us “understand how we can fulfill our role as God’s image-bearers in a world very far removed from the garden”. He has sought to “dismantle the concept of technology, examine it carefully, and then put it back to together again” while retelling the story of technology in a way that honors the Lord and “the reason He put us here on earth”. He will help you understand how mankind has used technology to shape the world and how it can “in turn shape us”. I believe John has successfully fulfilled his purpose for the book. I have marked it pages with my highlighter and pen along with posted notes for quick reference in the future. I highly suggest you do the same to help prepare yourself and others to deal properly with the power of technology.

  • God Built

    by Steve Farrar (Author)

    Author Steve Farrar will guide you through the story of Joseph, a humble shepherd who overcame tremendous odds to become an influential leader. It’s here you will discover the process that creates true men of God, where He works providentially, strangely, and slowly. Uncover the biblical pattern for growth, gain insights into common frustrations and difficulties, and become equipped for the journey ahead.

  • God Is More Than Enough: Foundations for a Quiet Soul

    by Jim Berg. Publisher: Journeyforth.

    Focuses on the sufficiency of God.

  • Good to Great in God’s Eyes: Ten Practices Great Christians Have in Common

    by Chip Ingram. Publisher: Baker Books.

    Focuses on reprioritizing our lives to be in line with God’s.

  • Great Leader Great Teacher: Recovering the Biblical Vision for Leadership

    by Gary Bredfeldt. Publisher: Moody.

    Focuses on developing our teaching skills to improve our leadership skills.

  • Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life

    by Ken Blanchard (Author), Mark Miller (Author)

    Leadership is not a title on a business card. Leadership is a living process—and life means growth.  The authors teach that “the path to increased influence, impact, and leadership effectiveness is paved with personal growth.… Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It’s really that simple.” Great Leaders Grow shows leaders and aspiring leaders precisely which areas to focus on so they can remain effective throughout their lives.

  • H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.

    By Brad Lomerick

    In his new book H3 LEADERSHIP: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle., Brad Lomenick shares his hard-earned insights from more than two decades of work alongside thought-leaders such as Jim Collins and Malcom Gladwell, Fortune 500 CEOs and start-up entrepreneurs. He categorizes 20 essential leadership habits organized into three distinct filters he calls “the 3 Hs”: Humble (Who am I?), Hungry (Where do I want to go?) and Hustle (How will I get there?). These powerful words describe the leader who is willing to work hard, get it done, and make sure it’s not about him or her; the leader who knows that influence is about developing the right habits for success. Lomenick provides a simple but effective guide on how to lead well in whatever capacity the reader may be in.

  • Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help

    By Edgar Schein

    “• A penetrating analysis of the psychological and social dynamics of helping relationships

    • Named one of the best leadership books of 2009 by strategy+business magazine

    Helping is a fundamental human activity, but it can also be a frustrating one. All too often, to our bewilderment, our sincere offers of help are resented, resisted, or refused—and we often react the same way when people try to help us. Why is it so difficult to provide or accept help? How can we make the whole process easier?

    Many different words are used for helping: assisting, aiding, advising, caregiving, coaching, consulting, counseling, guiding, mentoring, supporting, teaching, and many more. In this seminal book on the topic, corporate culture and organizational development guru Ed Schein analyzes the social and psychological dynamics common to all types of helping relationships, explains why help is often not helpful, and shows what any would-be helpers must do to ensure that their assistance is both welcomed and genuinely useful.

    The moment of asking for and offering help is a delicate and complex one, fraught with inequities and ambiguities. Schein helps us navigate that moment so we avoid potential pitfalls, mitigate power imbalances, and establish a solid foundation of trust. He identifies three roles a helper can play, explaining which one is nearly always the best starting point if we are to provide truly effective help. So that readers can determine exactly what kind of help is needed, he describes an inquiry process that puts the helper and the client on an equal footing, encouraging the client to open up and engage and giving the helper much better information to work with. And he shows how these techniques can be applied to teamwork and to organizational leadership.

    Illustrated with examples from many types of relationships—husbands and wives, doctors and patients, consultants and clients—Helping is a concise, definitive analysis of what it takes to establish successful, mutually satisfying helping relationships.”

  • How Successful People Lead: Taking Your Influence to the Next Level

    by John Maxwell

  • How to Influence People: Make a Difference in Your World

    By John Maxwell

  • How to Lead Unwilling Followers: Strategies to Overcome Resistance

    By Frank McKinley

    What is always present in any good story?

    Conflict, right?

    Sure, it would be great to live a life free from conflict. But when you’re reading or watching a story, it can get boring quickly if there’s no challenge for the hero to overcome.

    Besides, life is full of conflicts, whether you like it or not.

    There is conflict at home. You and your spouse or roommate will not always agree on everything. There will be times that he or she might not even be willing to compromise one inch.

    There will be conflict at work. Coworkers won’t cooperate. Customers will complain. Your boss will find fault with your best efforts.

    And even when you’re by yourself, you can’t always avoid conflict. The car can break down. You might get a migraine. Or your appointment might stand you up.

    The key to properly handling conflict is not to run and hide. It’s not to become combative. Rather, it is best dealt with by using a good set of tools.

    This book will help provide those tools.

    Here’s what you’ll learn:

      • How to say what you mean so you can get what you want
      • How to provide consistency in an ever-changing world
      • How to decide what’s worth fighting about – and what isn’t
      • How to disagree without hating or attacking the other person
      • How to create an environment that prevents most conflicts
      • How to effectively deal with conflict when it comes
    • How to see every conflict as an opportunity

    If you’re new to leadership, this will keep you from quitting after the first month.

    If you’ve been a leader for a while, these tools might sharpen your ability to handle conflict more constructively.

    And if you’re already good at dealing with conflict, this is something you can give someone who isn’t.

    Now let’s get started, shall we? Scroll up and grab a copy now!

  • How to Survive a Difficult Pastorate

    By Chris Bonts (Author)

     

  • Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling

    By Edgar H. Schein

    “The Key to Effective Communication

    Communication is essential in a healthy organization. But all too often when we interact with people—especially those who report to us—we simply tell them what we think they need to know. This shuts them down. To generate bold new ideas, to avoid disastrous mistakes, to develop agility and flexibility, we need to practice Humble Inquiry.

    Ed Schein defines Humble Inquiry as “the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person.” In this seminal work, Schein contrasts Humble Inquiry with other kinds of inquiry, shows the benefits Humble Inquiry provides in many different settings, and offers advice on overcoming the cultural, organizational, and psychological barriers that keep us from practicing it.”

  • In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership: Tapping the Wisdom of the World for the Kingdom of God (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

    by Mike Bonem. Publisher: Jossey-Bass
  • It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It

    by Craig Groeschel

    “When Craig Groeschel founded LifeChurch.tv, the congregation met in a borrowed two-car garage, with ratty furnishings and faulty audiovisual equipment. But people were drawn there, sensing a powerful, life-changing force Groeschel calls “It.” What is It, and how can you and your ministry get — and keep — It? Combining in-your-face honesty with off-the-wall humor, Groeschel — one of today’s most innovative church leaders — provides profile interviews with Mark Driscoll, Perry Noble, Tim Stevens, Mark Batterson, Jud Wilhite, and Dino Rizzo. This book tells how any believer can obtain It, get It back, and guard It. “

     

  • Kingdom Come: Why We Must Give Up Our Obsession with Fixing the Church-and What We Should Do Instead

    By Reggie McNeal

    “There’s a reason Jesus taught us to pray “Thy Kingdom come . . .” and not “Thy church come.”The church clearly plays an important role in God’s plans. It was established by Christ, and he is its Head. But have we put too much emphasis on the church? Have we confused a means of participating in God’s Kingdom with the Kingdom itself?
    In Kingdom Come, church ministry consultant Reggie McNeal reveals why it’s crucial to realign the church’s mission with God’s ultimate Kingdom agenda. You’ll discover how you can get in on—and help lead—the Kingdom movement currently underway.
    Join the mission to help the Kingdom break into our hearts…and break out into the world.”

    I believe this book will challenge your thinking! (Marshall Shannon)

  • Lead Like Jesus

    by Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges

    Analysis of how Jesus led

  • Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know

    by John C. Maxwell. Publisher: Thomas Nelson.

    Basic foundational principles that are found in a number of this author’s books.

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    Purpose:

    The author seeks to equip leaders and communicators with timely truths from various sources.

    Content:

    101 quotes about leaders and leadership to teach, inspire and motivate the reader.

    Analysis:

    This is a handy tool for those wishing to summarize biblical teaching about leadership in a single phrase. A nice gift for building leaders.

    Application:

    Who will benefit?

    Leaders

    How does it benefit?

    Teaching Resource

    Where does it fit in the ministry design process?

    Building Leaders in your ministry.

    Aha Thought:

    Page 18, “the key to leadership today is influence, not authority”. by Kenneth Blanchard.

  • Leadership and the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow through Challenge and Adversit

    by Steven Snyder (Author)

     

  • Leadership and the One Minute Manager Updated Ed: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership II

    By Ken Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi & Drea Zigarmi

    “This updated edition of management guru Ken Blanchard’s classic work Leadership and the One Minute Manager® teaches leaders the world renowned method of developing self-reliance in those they manage: Situational Leadership® II.

    From Leadership and the One Minute Manager® you’ll learn why tailoring management styles to individual employees is so important; why knowing when to delegate, support, or direct is critical; and how to identify the leadership style suited to a particular person.

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