40 Books to Read to Grow in Ministry

One the greatest tools I have used to grow as a leader and pastor is reading. I was never a reader until coming into the position I am in, but once I started reading, I saw how much I grew and haven’t stopped since. If you want to grow in your Christian leadership this year, here is a list of books I am planning to read as a goal of mine. This past year, I made a goal to read 30 books. When I am finished, I will have completed and read 32 books. This year, my goal is 40, so I included a list of 40 books that are on my reading list that I believe will help me grow, but help anyone grow in their Christian leadership.

  1. Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization
  2. It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It
  3. If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities 
  4. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
  5. Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory
  6. Unlocking Potential: 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations
  7. A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry
  8. Leadership by the Book: Lessons from Every Book of the Bible
  9. Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church
  10. Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer
  11. Portraits of a Pastor: The 9 Essential Roles of a Church Leader
  12. Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age
  13. Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.
  14. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism
  15. The Neighboring Church: Getting Better at What Jesus Says Matters Most
  16. Sticky Leaders: The Secret to Lasting Change and Innovation
  17. Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development
  18. Amplified Leadership: 5 Practices to Establish Influence, Build People, and Impact Others for a Lifetime
  19. Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We’ve Made Up
  20. You’re in Charge, Now What?: The 8 Point Plan
  21. Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers
  22. Kill the Spider: Getting Rid of What’s Really Holding You Back
  23. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
  24. Why Does God Allow Evil?: Compelling Answers for Life’s Toughest Questions
  25. Change is Like a Slinky
  26. The Power of Passion in Leadership: Lead With Your Heart, Not Just Your Head
  27. Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want
  28. The Problem of God: Answering a Skeptic’s Challenges to Christianity
  29. Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
  30. Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement 
  31. Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page
  32. Coaching In Ministry: How Busy Church Leaders Can Multiply Their Ministry Impact 
  33. God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future
  34. Who You Are When No One’s Looking: Choosing Consistency, Resisting Compromise
  35. How to Win Friends & Influence People
  36. Why I Believe: Straight Answers to Honest Questions about God, the Bible, and Christianity
  37. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
  38. Loving the City: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City
  39. Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track–and Keeping It There
  40. The Real Heaven: What the Bible Actually Says



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