Books and leadership can be a powerful or ridiculous combination. Books can be powerful because of the wisdom they impart to guide your leadership. Books can be ridiculous by distracting you from implementing because you never feel like you’ve learned enough to lead. As a leader in the church, I have attempted to assemble a core group of books I recommend to others as they are learning to lead. Here are my top ten. In the comments section, please share with me and the other readers what your top books are in guiding you to action in church leadership.
1. Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believers by Oswald Sanders
2. The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World by Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk
3. Basic Christian Leadership by John Stott
4. The Disciple Making Pastor by Bill Hull
5. Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon
6. Pastoral Care by St. Gregory the Great
7. Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda by Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby
8. The Painful Side of Leadership: Moving Forward Even When It Hurts by Jeff Iorg
9. God Who Sends: A Fresh Quest for Biblical Mission by Francis Dubose
10. The Salvation of Souls: Nine Previously Unpublished Sermons on the Call of Ministry and the Gospel by Jonathan Edwards by Richard Bailey and Gregory Willis
What are the books that are shaping and guiding you as a leader in the church?