Ten Must Read Books For Effective Ministering


These ten titles represent books I’ve engaged since first beginning ministry at age twenty. Some helped with my own soul care, and some helped with my care of others. A few helped me grasp leadership in the church, while others gave me life perspective  on situations I hadn’t yet experienced.

If I were charged to create this same list next month, it might look different.  It’s very difficult to choose just ten, but this is the list as of now. These books are not necessarily my personal top-ten favorites, but ones I believe are valuable in creating a solid foundation for a philosophy of ministry.

  1. Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence by Goleman
  2. Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend by Stanley
  3. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Foster
  4. Everybody’s Normal Till You Get To Know Them by Ortberg
  5. Crazy Busy by Deyoung
  6. The Beautiful Fight: Surrendering to the Transforming Presence of God Every Day of Your Life by Thomas
  7. The Contrarians Guide to Leadership by Sample
  8. Running On Empty: Contemplative Spirituality for Overachievers by Anderson
  9. Boundaries Face to Face: How to Have That Difficult Conversation You’ve Been Avoiding by Cloud & Townsend
  10. The School of Dying Graces by Felix

Whether you’re a rookie or a veteran, I’m confident these ten books will have a positive influence on your life and ministry.

p.s. I’d love to hear your must read books for building a strong ministry foundation via Facebook or Twitter.

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