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Leadership Reading List: The Accidental Creative Part 1

accidental creative

Throughout my time serving in ministry I have watched people struggle with how to best define the role of a pastor.  The job is so varied, with so many different opportunities that it can be hard to know just how to classify the role.  Over the last couple of years, Todd Henry, and his Accidental Creative podcast,  has helped me to understand that the job of a pastor is that of a creative.  We may not […]


Leadership Reading List: Before You Go

know before you go

Everyone who has served on a church staff at one time or another has gone through at least one job search.  Very few people that I have met actually look forward to the job searching process, and everyone I know is always looking for better ways to get to know the churches that they are interviewing.  Last month I saw a random tweet (I wanted to give credit, but couldn’t find it) for Wade Hodges’ […]


Leadership Reading List: Anything You Want


A few months back, Seth Godin launched The Domino Project, a publishing venture partnered with Amazon that values putting good ideas into the hands of readers.  I have been picking up a number of these books, and have really enjoyed the thoughts presented by the authors involved in the project. The most recent release, Derek Sivers’ Anything You Want is a quick, easy read that makes some profound points… and while intended to be a book chronicling his […]


Leadership Reading List: Car Guys vs Bean Counters

Car Guys vs bean counters

Last week I touched on my man crush on Bob Lutz, the former Vice Chairman of General Motors. Since that post I have been reading Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Throughout the book Lutz looks at root issues behind GM’s bankruptcy, and explains how this once great company lost its’ way.  I am convinced that there is a great deal for church leaders to […]


Church Leadership Reading List: Poke the Box

poke the box

I am a fan of Seth Godin. I greatly enjoy the way that he thinks and I believe he has a pretty good handle on the way that our culture is changing.  While Godin is not the first name that typically comes to mind when it comes to books on leading in the church, I am convinced that he has some great words that those of us in church leadership need to hear.   Poke the […]


Church Leadership Reading List: Love Wins

love wins book

Yesterday I shared a little bit about my hesitations in writing this post.  If you have not read that, it might be a good idea for you to do that first… go ahead, I will wait.  So, what did I think about Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived?  There is no simple answer to that question, but let me frame my thoughts by talking a […]


Church Leadership Reading List: Who Stole My Church?

who stole my church

Two weeks ago I started a new series based on my reading list.  You can read about last week’s book here (just because it is about farming doesn’t mean that it doesn’t apply to leading churches).  This week I want to take a look at a book by Gordon MacDonald called Who Stole My Church: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century. Let me start off by saying […]


Church Leadership Reading List: Growing a Farmer

growing a farmer

Last week I wrote about the reading that I was able to do while away on vacation.  The variety of books that I have been reading has made for a pretty interesting conglomeration of thoughts and ideas floating around in my head.  Three books have impacted more than the others, and I wanted to spend some time interacting with those books through a series of posts on the church leadership lessons they have taught me. […]