I read. A lot. Reading is especially important for ministry leaders who wish to grow in their leadership capacity and knowledge base. Here are some of my favorites books that I read in 2018 and my recommendations for you to read in 2019.
#1 High Impact Teams by Lance Witt
This was the best book I read in 2018. I can’t recommend it enough to you and your staff. Lance does a great job of focusing on you as a leader as the key element to any team. Then, he provides tons of practical content to help your team perform at a high level. You are doing yourself a disservice if you do not read this and pass it on to friends in the ministry.
#2 Didn’t See it Coming by Carey Nieuwhof
I was blessed to have been chosen to be a part of the launch team for this book - that included receiving an advance copy! The subtitle provides an excellent summary of what to expect out of the book:Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences. If you don’t find yourself nodding in agreement with most of the experiences and challenges, there may be something wrong with you! A super easy read - another great study for a ministry team!
#3 Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore by Bryan Miles
A short book that I read in an hour or two - and loved it. Incredibly thought-provoking and has a definite impact on the future of the church and church work. How can you increase worker productivity and save money?
#4 Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller
Not a ministry book, but the implications for ministry are tremendous. Most ministries do a poor job of communicating who they are, what they do, and why they do it. Miller provides both a framework and a process for doing just that.
#5 The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron
I admit that I am late to the Enneagram bandwagon. If you don’t know what this is or haven’t taken the free online assessment, do it. If you are familiar, read this book - tons of great insight and implications for ministry staff members and leaders. I’m a Type 3 - High Achiever. You?
The two books that i reread every year - my all-time favorites.
#6 Simple Church by Them Rainer & Eric Geiger
If you haven’t read this best selling classic - read it. If you have read it - read it again. I am constantly referencing to this book.
#7 Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger
Bolsinger does an excellent job of framing the challenge that ministries face in our culture. He explains what it is going to take for The Church and individual churches to thrive (or at least survive) in our context.
Now - you tell me…What books should I be reading in 2019?