Leaders are Readers

There is very little difference between one who cannot
read and one who will not read.”
—Jim Rohn

I believe pastors and especially church panters need to be life-long learners. Here is a list of some my favorite books on church planting and church revitalization. Some of them you may know and hopefully read. Others, I hope you will find interesting enough to purchase and engulf. Happy reading!

 

Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply by Ed Stetzer and Daniel Im

In this second edition of Planting Missional Churches, not only will you find a completely redesigned book with new content in every single chapter, but you will also find several new chapters on topics such as church multiplication, residencies, multi-ethnic ministry, multisite, denominations and networks, and spiritual leadership.

The Unstuck Church: Equipping Churches to Experience Sustained Health by Tony Morgan

In The Unstuck Church, Morgan unpacks each phase of the church lifecycle, and offers specific and strategic next steps the church leader can take to find it’s way to sustained health . . . and finally become unstuck.

Go BIG: Lead Your Church to Explosive Growth by Bil Cornelius(Author), Bill Easum(Author)

Regardless of the current size of your church, you will find here inspiring, ready-to-implement ideas to help your church go BIG.

  • Table of Contents:
    Introduction: Get Ready for a Ride
    The Only Difference is the Zeroes
    A Wild and Crazy God
    Structuring Your Church for Growth
    It’s Time to Lead, Pastor!
    Double Your Vision
    Preparing to Break the Growth Barriers
    The Growth Barriers
    Staffing the Church for Explosive Growth
    Saved to Serve
    Make a Big “Ask” of Yourself
    Handling Problem People
    Positioning Ourselves for Explosive Growth
Community of Kindness by Steve Sjogren, Rob Lewin 
If you want to plant a church, you need to dream big. If you want your seedling church to survive–and ultimately bloom and blossom–you really need this book! Written by church planters who have “been there, done that,” Community of Kindness is a practical, real-world guide to successful church planting–credible, informative, inspirational, supportive, and, most of all, 100 percent problem-solving oriented.

 

WikiChurch: Making Discipleship Engaging, Empowering, and Viral by Steve Murrell
Engage,
Empower,
…and Go Viral!

Jesus told His followers that He would build His church, and then He told them to go and make disciples. It’s that simple. We make disciples, and He builds the church.

But today we often get this exactly backward. We work hard to build our churches with programs and promotions while continuing to neglect the essential practice of discipleship. And we wonder why we struggle. In WikiChurch, Steve Murrell shows you how anyone can make disciples through the simple process of…

·        Engaging culture and community
·        Establishing spiritual foundations
·        Equipping believers to minister
·        Empowering disciples to make disciples

Imagine if every believer, not just leaders, was actively engaged in your ministry. That’s the Book of Acts. That’s a WikiChurch.