James tells us that, “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (3:1) How much more are those who shepherd, lead and teach the teachers? You are responsible for breathing in the life of the Spirit in every word and action. You are given the charge to disciple and build a sanctuary in a land weary with the Fall. We hope this list of top leadership books will equip you in your ministry and overall path, that you may bear the marks of Christ in your work. We pray you might be built up in the faith as you embody His hands and feet in fields, as Jesus reminds us, that are ripe for harvest (John 4:35). (Heads-up: here are 50 more Bible verses about leadership!)

011. The Name of God Is Mercy
In his first book published as Pope, and in conjunction with the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here invites all humanity to an intimate and personal dialogue on the subject closest to his heart—mercy—which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy.

by Pope Francis
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22. Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer

The need for talented, vigorous leaders in the church cannot be overemphasized. Such times demand active service of men and women who are guided by and devoted to Jesus Christ.

by J. Oswald Sanders
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33. Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler

The Vatican’s silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains one of the great controversies of our time. History has accused wartime pontiff Pius the Twelfth of complicity in the Holocaust and dubbed him “Hitler’s Pope.” But a key part of the story has remained untold.

by Mark Riebling
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44. The Most Excellent Way to Lead: Discover the Heart of Great Leadership

The words vision, boldness, and influence to describe the characteristics of effective leaders. The Most Excellent Way to Lead, makes the case that the heart of great leadership lies elsewhere. Perry, despite “winning” the label “least likely to succeed” in high school, beat the odds against him.

by Perry Noble
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55. The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World

In The Emotionally Healthy Leader, bestselling author Peter Scazzero shows leaders how to develop a deep, inner life with Christ, examining its profound implications for surviving stress, planning and decision making, building teams, creating healthy culture, influencing others, and much more.

by Peter Scazzero
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66. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership

This beautiful guide to Christian Leadership is the rich fruit of Henri Nouwen’s own journey as one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the 20th century.

by Henri J. M. Nouwen
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77. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism

Most Christians—including pastors—struggle to talk about their faith in a way that applies the power of the Christian gospel to change people’s lives. In this accessible guide for pastors and laypeople alike, Keller helps readers learn to present the Christian message of grace in a more engaging, passionate, and compassionate way.

by Timothy Keller
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88. Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow

In Lasting Impact, Carey Nieuwhof leads you and your team through seven conversations that will help your church grow and have a lasting impact.

by Carey Nieuwhof
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99. H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.

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.

by Brad Lomenick
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1010. The Maxwell Daily Reader: 365 Days of Insight to Develop the Leader Within You and Influence Those Around You

For countless readers around the world, his name is synonymous with leadership. And for more than two million organizational leaders, the wisdom of John C. Maxwell has ignited learning, growth, and lasting change.

by John C. Maxwell
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1111. Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time

With simple yet profound principles from the life of Jesus and dozens of stories and leadership examples from his life experiences, veteran author, speaker and leadership expert Ken Blanchard guides readers through the process of discovering how to lead like Jesus.

by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges
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1212. Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend

Andy Stanley’s bestselling and award-winning vision for the local church is now available in softcover. New bonus content includes a study guide, church staff helps, and an interview with Andy on the most frequently asked questions about Deep and Wide.

by Andy Stanley
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1313. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix

Ten years after his death, Edwin Friedman’s insights into leadership are more urgently needed than ever. He was the first to tell us that all organizations have personalities, like families, and to apply the insights of family therapy to churches and synagogues, rectors and rabbis, politicians and teachers.

by Edwin H. Friedman
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1414. God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future

You are a visionary leader and your church probably has a vision statement. Just like a visionary restaurant needs a more specific focus than “serving food,” a visionary church needs something more than biblical generalizations like “loving God, loving people.”

by Will Mancini and Warren Bird
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1515. Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture

Meet a man forced to live in a fast changing and godless society. His name was Daniel, and with the power of hope, humility, and wisdom, he not only thrived, he changed an empire while he was at it.

by Larry Osborne
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1616. Building a Discipling Culture

We often wonder what Jesus will ask us when we meet Him face to face. We believe that some of his first questions will be about discipleship. How have we followed His Great Commission to make disciples? How many disciples did we raise up to do greater things than we ourselves achieved? Who “imitates our lives as we imitate Christ”?

by Mike Breen
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1717. Be a People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships

Being a leader means working with people, and that’s not always easy! Whether in your office, church, neighborhood, or elsewhere, your interpersonal relationships can make or break you as a leader. That’s why it’s so important to be a “people person” and develop your skills in tapping that most precious of all resources: People.

John C. Maxwell
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1818. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership

Henri Nouwen was a spiritual thinker with an unusual capacity to write about the life of Jesus and the love of God in ways that have inspired countless people to trust life more fully. Most widely read among the over 40 books Father Nouwen wrote is In the Name of Jesus.

by Henri J. M. Nouwen
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1919. Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: How to Become an Effective Leader by Confronting Potential Failures

McIntosh and Rima offer a series of steps for leaders to consider so they can take control of their dark side and learn to harness its creative powers.

by Gary L. McIntosh and Samuel D. Rima
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2020. Making Vision Stick

If a leader’s vision is all about what could be and what should be, why are you buried under what is? Noted author and pastor Andy Stanley points out that if followers don’t get the vision, it’s because the leaders haven’t delivered it. He reveals the three reasons vision doesn’t stick.

by Andy Stanley
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2121. Church Refugees: Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith

This book uses in-depth sociological research to get to the heart of the issue. The data is collected from interviews with real people about why they left and who they really are.

by Josh Packard Ph.D and Ashleigh Hope
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2222. Leading with a Limp: Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness

Rather than working against your weakness, why not draw from a deeper well of strength? God favors leaders who make the most of the power that comes from brokenness.

by Dan B. Allender
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2323. What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

When we take God’s purposes into account, a revolutionary insight emerges. Surprisingly, we see that the way to be productive is to put others first—to make the welfare of other people our motive and criteria in determining what to do (what’s best next).

by Matthew Perman
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2424. Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples

With the overriding goal to train disciples who know how to make more disciples, this book offers proven tools and strategies from Real Life Ministries, one of America’s fastest-growing churches.

by Jim Putman
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2525. The COACH Model for Christian Leaders: Powerful Leadership Skills for Solving Problems, Reaching Goals, and Developing Others

Do you have the leadership skills you need to solve problems, reach goals, and develop others? The COACH Model is a radically different approach to leading people. Rather than provide answers, leaders ask questions to draw out what God has already put into others.

by Keith E. Webb
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2626. Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page

Serving as a church leader can be a tough assignment. No doubt, you’ve asked yourself, “How did it get this way?” With practical and accessible wisdom, Larry Osborne explains how it got this way.

by Larry Osborne
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2727. Coaching In Ministry: How Busy Church Leaders Can Multiply Their Ministry

Discover How To Multiply Your Ministry Impact Through Coaching. Are you ready for a new way to develop leaders that doesn’t add to your busy schedule? Leadership expert, Dr. Keith E. Webb, presents a radically different approach to developing leaders. Coaching allows you to develop both skills and character in other people, while doing ministry.

by Keith Webb
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2828. Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship

Hearing a young attorney speak of the faith based reasons for which he had just made a substantial monetary gift to a community youth center, Clif Christopher asked the speaker if he would consider making a similar contribution to the congregation of which he was an active member.

by J. Clif Christopher
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2929. Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It

Is a sustainable youth ministry possible, even after a youth pastor leaves? Youth ministry expert Mark DeVries knows the answer is yes, because he helps build sustainable youth ministries through his coaching service called Youth Ministry Architects.

by Mark DeVries
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3030. Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing

True flourishing travels down an unexpected path―being both strong and weak. We see this unlikely mixture in the best leaders―people who use their authority for the benefit of others, while also showing extraordinary willingness to face and embrace suffering.

by Andy Crouch
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3131. THE CHURCH: Why Bother?: The Nature, Purpose, & Functions of the Local Church

What are some of the questions to be answered concerning a biblical understanding of the local church? Are Christians required to join themselves to a local church? What are the responsibilities of church membership? How is the church to be governed?

by Jeffrey D. Johnson
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3232. Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work

Thousands of Protestant churches are perplexed by plateaued or declining attendance, while other congregations nearby thrive. Is there a way for them to combine forces, drawing on both their strengths, in ways that also increase their missional impact?

by Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird
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3333. Create vs. Copy: Embrace Change. Ignite Creativity. Break Through with Imagination

This short, punchy book explores various aspects of creativity and imagination and leads you toward a healthy, confident, more innovative life mindset.

by Ken Wytsma
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3434. Discerning Your Congregation’s Future: A Strategic and Spiritual Approach

Drawing on extensive consulting experience with congregations, the authors provide a step-by-step guide to congregational planning that grounds strategic planning techniques in a process of spiritual discernment.

by Roy M. Oswald and Robert E. Friedrich Jr.


3535. Evangelpreneur: How Biblical Free Enterprise Can Empower Your Faith, Family, and Freedom

It has become clear that we are living a lie, and it has brought devastating results: Bankruptcy among churchgoers is equally as high as those who don’t attend. Financial misconduct is destroying marriages, families, individuals, and churches.

by Josh Tolley
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3636. Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore: And How 4 Acts of Love Will Make Your Church Irresistible

It’s sad but true: The American church is shrinking…fast. God-loving people are leaving in droves, and everything that attracted them in the past simply doesn’t work anymore.

by Thom Schultz and Joani Schultz
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3737. Next: Pastoral Succession That Works

Every church and ministry goes through changes in leadership, and the issue is far bigger than the wave of pastors from the Baby Boomer generation who are moving toward retirement. When a pastor leaves a church, ministries are disrupted and members drift away. If the church is already struggling, it can find itself suddenly in very dire straits indeed. But the outcome doesn’t have to be that way.

by William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird
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3838. The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make

Although leadership is the hot topic on conference agendas and book tours, most people who find themselves in positions of leadership have little or no training for the role. They simply continue to make the same old mistakes.

by Hans Finzel
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3939. The Most Excellent Way to Lead: Discover the Heart of Great Leadership

Speakers often use the words vision, boldness, and influence to describe the characteristics of effective leaders. Perry Noble, in The Most Excellent Way to Lead, makes the case that the heart of great leadership lies elsewhere.

by Perry Noble
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4040. The Making Of A Leader

This perennial bestseller presents a scriptural analysis of the philosophy, history, qualifications and practice of Christian leadership. Charts, diagrams and illustrations enhance this intriguing study of what it means to be responsible for a group of followers.

by Frank Damazio
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4141. Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads

Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit seminarian turned Managing Director for JP Morgan & Co., shows how the pope’s words and deeds reveal spiritual principles that have prepared him to lead the Church and influence our world—a rapidly-changing world that requires leaders who value the human need for love, inspiration, and meaning.

by Chris Lowney
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4242. Shepherds After My Own Heart: Pastoral Traditions and Leadership in the Bible

Most of Israel’s pastoral imagery is grounded in two traditions: Moses as God’s under-shepherd and David as shepherd-king. These traditions, explains author Timothy S. Laniak, provided prototypes for leaders that followed, and formed the background for the ministry of Jesus, the good shepherd.

by Timothy Laniak
4343. Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory

Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting.

by Tod Bolsinger
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4444. Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World

Leadership makes great companies, but few of us truly understand how to turn ourselves and others into great leaders. One company—the Jesuits—pioneered a unique formula for molding leaders and in the process built one of history’s most successful companies.

by Chris Lowney
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4545. Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New Churches from New Believers

Church planting is not just about gathering new communities of people who are already Christians. In the book of Acts, church plants begin with sharing the gospel. Planting churches flows naturally out of making disciples.

by J. D. Payne
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4646. The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age

In today’s dynamic cultural environment, churches have to be more than faithful―they have to be agile. That means embracing processes of trial, failure, and adaptation as they form Christian community with new neighbors. And that means a whole new way of being church.

by Dwight J. Zscheile
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4747. Be Thou Prepared: Equipping the Church for Persecution and Times of Trouble

The world is not safe. Terrorist attacks are on the rise and ever-threatening. Christians are being targeted and persecuted in America. It’s time for the church to step up and be prepared for trials and tribulation to come.

by Carl Gallups and Charl Van Wyk
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4848. Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement

Exponential lays out a brief but solid theology for a reproducing strategy, giving practical “how-to’s” for reproducing Christ followers, leaders, artists, groups/teams, venues, sites, churches, and networks of churches.

by Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson
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4949. Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus

Church discipline is essential to building a healthy church. So how exactly do we practice church discipline? Jonathan Leeman helps us face the endless variety of circumstances and sins for which no scriptural case study exists, sins that don’t show up on any list and need a biblical framework to be corrected appropriately in love.

by Jonathan Leeman
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5050. The Heart of a Leader: Insights on the Art of Influence

Ken Blanchard is one of America’s best-known leadership and business experts. And now he helps you understand and experience the art of influence by revealing the greatest life and leadership lessons he’s learned in his rich career as an educator and business leader.

by Ken Blanchard
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5151. Pioneering Movements: Leadership That Multiplies Disciples and Churches

Jesus pioneered something completely new in human history. His mission is as clear and as relevant today as in the days of the early church: to make disciples everywhere, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded.

by Steve Addison
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5252. The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters

Dr. Mohler was the driving force behind the transformation of Southern Seminary from a liberal institution of waning influence to a thriving evangelical seminary at the heart of the Southern Baptist Convention.

by Albert Mohler
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5353. Leadership by the Book: Lessons from Every Book of the Bible

In Leadership by the Book, Brent Garrison offers examples from each book of the Old and New Testaments of how God’s servants have led His people, and the lessons that today’s leaders can learn from them. From Moses to John, Genesis to Revelations, Garrison offers a new perspective on ancient wisdom.

by Brent Garrison
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5454. Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry

In this revised and expanded edition, best-selling author John Piper pleads through a series of thoughtful essays with fellow pastors to abandon the professionalization of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry.

by John Piper
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5555. Leading Change Without Losing It: Five Strategies That Can Revolutionize How You Lead Change When Facing Opposition

Leaders try to bring about change. And change almost always elicits opposition. So how do leaders navigate change, and the opposition to it, without giving up their dream for what could and should be?

by Carey Nieuwhof
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5656. Weird Church: Welcome to the Twenty-First Century

In the post-Christendom era, the institutional church just isn’t what it used to be. Weird Church offers church leaders a clear vision of what’s coming next, so long as they’re willing to live into a few critical shifts.

by Paul Nixon
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5757. Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism

John Stackhouse boldly contends it is because Scripture in fact says both things. Does the Bible contradict itself then? Not so. Rather, in this revised and expanded edition of Finally Feminist, Stackhouse describes the single approach in Scripture that guides us with clear direction on these important matters of relationships in the church and the family.

by John G. Stackhouse Jr.
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5858. An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had in Mind

As the world around us changes at record-speed, An Unstoppable Force imagines a church that embraces change by remaining fully committed to its apostolic calling.

by Erwin Raphael McManus
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5959. The Coaching Mindset: 8 Ways to Think Like a Coach

Having trained thousands of people to coach and to use coaching skills, Chad Hall has seen the same set of obstacles prevent new coaches from becoming great coaches.

by Chad Hall



6060. Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, Integrity

Much has changed since the first edition of Lovett Weems’s seminal work Church Leadership appeared in 1993. In that time a substantial literature about leading the congregation has appeared, written from a broad variety of perspectives.

by Lovett H. Jr. Weems
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6161. Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

2015 Readers’ Choice Award Winner It’s increasingly clear that leadership should be shared―for the good of any organization and for the good of the leader.

by Ryan T. Hartwig and Warren Bird
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6262. Church Leadership Essentials: What Every Pastor Needs to Know

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.

by Greg Atkinson
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6363. Building Leaders: Blueprints for Developing Leadership at Every Level of Your Church

Training the next generation of leaders is crucial to spreading the gospel, yet most churches have no formal way of doing this. Building Leaders provides real life examples of ways churches can unleash their true ministry potential by training staff members and laypeople to lead.

by Aubrey Malphurs and Will Mancini
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6464. Church Leadership and Administration: “Church According To Starbucks”- A Modern Approach To Church Growth, Church Leadership and Church Vitality

“The Church According To Starbucks” is a thought-provoking workbook and guidebook by popular spiritual author Reverend Bill McBride.

by Reverend Bill McBride


6565. Healthy Churches – God’s Bible Blueprint For Growth

The good news, as Brian reminds us, is that God gives us the growth blueprint in His Word through a number of key Bible words, such as sowing, reaping, planting, watering, cultivating, building and edifying. Find out the importance of each step in the process and get inspired to go for growth with, in and through, God!

by Brian Johnston
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6666. Jesus Killed My Church

God is forever writing our story, and He gives us the dignity of being able to introduce characters that occasionally wrinkle the plot. Often we fear that we’ve permanently changed the trajectory of what might have been if we’d only been more obedient or pious. He smiles at this.

by Randy Bohlender
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6767. Take the Lid Off Your Church: 6 Steps to Building a Healthy Senior Leadership Team

“Take the Lid Off Your Church” is a practical eBook to help churches, non-profits and businesses rethink their structure beginning with the senior leadership team.

by Tony Morgan


6868. Courageous Leadership: Field-Tested Strategy for the 360° Leader

Life transformation and the eternal destinies of real people depend on the redemptive message entrusted to the local church.

by Bill Hybels
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6969. Leadership Handbook of Management and Administration

This substantial resource offers pastors and church leaders practical insight into the daily issues of running a church. Conceived and compiled by the editors of Leadership journal, this book covers the full spectrum of ministry practice.

by James D. Berkley, editor


7070. Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities

The multicultural team of Juan Martinez and Mark Branson has written this book to equip such leaders to create environments that make God’s reconciling initiatives apparent in church life and in our missional engagement with neighborhoods and cities.

by Mark Branson and Juan F. Martinez
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7171. Transformative Pastoral Leadership in the Black Church

Transformative Pastoral Leadership in the Black Church offers practical wisdom from comparative analysis of the experiences of a male pastor and a female pastor in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Church leaders must be transformed themselves as they are transforming their churches to serve their communities.

by J. Tribble


7272. Groundwork: Preparing the Soil for God’s Transformation

In the Parable of the Seed, Jesus speaks about how lives are transformed when the seeds of God’s Word are planted in fertile soil. But what kind of groundwork best prepares the soil—the soul—of someone’s life? And how does true, transformative, lasting change really happen?

by Scott Larson and Daniel L. Tocchini
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7373. Elders in the Life of the Church: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership

Paul and Barnabas made a decisive move toward the end of the first missionary journey: they appointed elders in the churches they had established, entrusting them with responsibility to shepherd the young congregations.

by Phil A. Newton and Matt Schmucker


7474. Transforming Church Conflict: Compassionate Leadership in Action

This book offers practical skills and strategies that the authors have learned through years of studying nonviolent communication (NVC). Using real-world case studies and examples, Hunsinger and Latini helpfully guide pastors and lay leaders through effective and compassionate ways to deal with discord.

by Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger and Theresa F. Latini
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7575. The Leadership Baton: An Intentional Strategy for Developing Leaders in Your Church

The Leadership Baton equips you with a solution that’s time-proven and right at hand: church-based leadership development. More and more churches are adopting it, and no wonder—the principles that made the early church such a spiritual powerhouse are just as effective today.

by Rowland Forman, Jeff Jones and Bruce Miller
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7676. Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership: Case Studies in Biblical Decision Making

Shares case studies on some of the most sensitive issues pastors and church leaders may have to deal with in their churches—child abuse, AIDS, infidelity, homosexuality, and unexpected pregnancies.

by Michael R. Milco
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7777. Foundations of Church Administration: Professional Tools for Church Leadership

Church leadership is a demanding and challenging role. There are many responsibilities involved in leading a church, which can be difficult to maneuver without the proper tools and resources.

by Bruce L Petersen, Edward A. Thomas and Bob Whitesel
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7878. Shepherding the Church: Effective Spiritual Leadership in a Changing Culture

Times are changing. The Truth never will. It’s tough to be a pastor today. Christians who stand up for what God has said are disregarded and labeled right-wing extremists. So how do ministers lead God’s people in this pagan culture? How do they shepherd the flock as the lights fade dimmer and the nights grow colder?

by Joseph M. Stowell
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7979. Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration

This work describes five easily identifiable categories of church culture (inspiring-accepting-stagnant-discouraging-toxic), with diagnostic descriptions in the book and a separate online assessment tool.

by Samuel R. Chand
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8080. The Unity Factor: Developing a Healthy Church Leadership Team

It’s No Secret Serving on a church board can be a tough assignment. But lay leaders aren’t the only ones who find board meetings to be a harrowing experience. So do many pastors. Larry Osborne was no exception. Six months into a new pastorate, he found himself embroiled in controversy. Old members left as fast as new ones could be added.

by Larry W Osborne
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8181. The Emergence of the Church: Context, Growth, Leadership & Worship

The early church did not descend from heaven on a golden string. Nor did it spring full-grown from the mind of Jesus or the apostles. The church emerged as the result of God’s decisive action within a particular people, Israel, their story and their historical context. The focal point of this action was Jesus–his ministry, death and resurrection.

by Arthur G. Patzia
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8282. Contagious Generosity: Creating a Culture of Giving in Your Church

A growing number of leaders are beginning to discover that there are key factors that make some churches thrive with abundant resources while others struggle with shrinking budgets.

by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard
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8383. The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart

Christine Hoover’s words in the first chapter describe so well the life of a church planter’s wife, which is enormously difficult yet extraordinarily rewarding. To be married to a church planter is a calling of its own with a richness of its own.

by Christine Hoover
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8484. Empowered Church Leadership: Ministry in the Spirit According to Paul

Brian J. Dodd holds out a different model for us, the model of the apostle Paul who acted in accord with kingdom principles and was empowered by the Spirit of God.

by Brian J. Dodd


8585. Organix: Signs of Leadership in a Changing Church

Does your leadership style fit new ways of doing church–leadership that is organic and elastic and that finds ways to seize God-given opportunities? Looking back and drawing on the ancient Christian tradition, Bob Whitesel describes seven traits for successful leadership, which he characterizes by seven symbols.

by Bob Whitesel
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8686. Leadership Gap: Motivate and Organize a Great Ministry Team

Whether you are a pastor, a church employee, a volunteer, or a congregation member, The Leadership Gap is filled with solid, practical advice that you can use in your ministry. Curtis Wallace shares from his vast experience in both the business and church worlds, sharing valuable advice with anyone involved in their church on any level.

by Curtis Wallace
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8787. Leading One Another: Church Leadership

Because it can be abused, leadership is a risky business—both for those in it and those under it. But God has good plans for leadership within the church. This study explores God’s plans for authority by focusing on God’s revelation of himself as shepherd, and how God calls leaders to image him.

by Bobby Jamieson
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8888. Do Something Else: The Road Ahead for the Mainline Church

Do Something Else is meant to encourage faith communities and their leaders to reconsider “church as usual” reengage Spirit-led entrepreneurialism, and reimagine new models of ministry bubbling up in their midst.

by Nate Phillips
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8989. Basic Christian Leadership: Biblical Models of Church, Gospel and Ministry

Leadership today is no easy task. Christian leaders called to shepherd others get caught in power struggles and are tempted to abuse their pastoral authority. Pastors feel that they must project strength and certainty in order to preach and minister credibly. Too often our models of leadership are shaped more by culture than by Christ.

by John Stott
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9090. Morph! The Texture of Leadership for Tomorrow’s Church

A changing church begins with a changing pastor! In this book, Martoia, both visionary and practitioner, equips you to morph as a pastor in ways that will help your church change to minister effectively in our culture.

by Ron Martoia


9191. The Volunteer Church: Mobilizing Your Congregation for Growth and Effectiveness

Working with volunteers can be a rewarding and exciting experience—for them as well as for those who recruit, train, and maintain their services. However, if church leaders are honest, they know there are times that it can be frustrating.

by Leith Anderson and Jill Fox
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9292. Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive

No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died.

by Thom S. Rainer
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9393. What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church

Pastors and church leaders are constantly faced with strategic questions. How much staff does the church need? How many workers are needed in the nursery this month? When is the right time to start a second worship service?

by Gary L. McIntosh and Charles Arn
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9494. Shepherding the Small Church: A Leadership Guide for the Majority of Today’s Churches

This second edition is an indispensable source of advice and encouragement for the small church pastor, including how to formulate a mission while understanding the cultures of the community and the church.

by Glenn C. Daman
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9595. Amplifiers: The Power of Motivational Leadership to Inspire and Influence

Amplifiers explain how great leaders use the art and practice of motivational leadership to light the path to success and inspire others to take that journey with them.

by Matt Church
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9696. Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda

Drawing upon their own extensive leadership experience as well as their ministry to leaders in all walks of life, Henry and Richard Blackaby offer insightful counsel into the ways God develops, guides, and empowers spiritual leaders. Clear guidance is given on how leaders can make a positive impact on the people and organizations they are currently leading.

by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby


9797. Dangerous Church: Risking Everything to Reach Everyone

Dangerous churches are willing to put everything on the line for the one thing that matters most; reaching lost people. Through probing questions and amazing stories of God’s grace, John Bishop confronts church leaders to embrace what matters most to the heart of God, whatever the cost.

by John Bishop
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9898. Church Zero: Raising 1st Century Churches out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church

With a fresh perspective forged in the dirty trenches of international post-Christian societies, Peyton Jones pulls no punches as he brings this message to the American Church: We have lost our way.

by Peyton Jones
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9999. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

“Leadership should mean giving control rather than taking control and creating leaders rather than forging followers.” David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders.

by L. David Marquet
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100100. Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist

The Inspirational Story of the Twentieth Century’s Greatest Evangelist Billy Graham has preached the gospel message in person to more people than anyone in history, and millions more have heard him through television, radio, and film. His faithful witness is testimony to his great love of God and passion to serve Him.

by W. Terry Whalin
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