I love a good book club. The ones I enjoy feature books that help me do ministry more effectively. I thought to myself: Well, Oprah has a book club. Maybe I should create a book club that catered exclusively to those of us in ministry.
How The Club Works
Every month, I will highlight a book I’ve read that helped change the course of my ministry. I will also provide key reasons why I think it might benefit you along with links to each book. Here are a few to get you started. Enjoy!
A classic book designed for marketplace and church leaders alike. Good To Great provides practical insights about how exceptional business leaders achieved success. Not aimed at pastors per se, but the principles Jim highlights will help clear up the fog about strategic planning for your church.
Simple Church. There are many great books about church growth. Simple Church is written to help you keep basic administration uncluttered and on mission. I selected this book for the club because of its insights on what is important vs. what is nonessential.
Futureville: Discover Your Purpose for Today by Re-imagining Tomorrow. Without exaggeration, this book transformed my ministry. Futureville is really not about the future, but will challenge your thinking about genuine ministry. After reading this book, I decided to start Minister’s Toolbox and invest more time in writing. Futureville will help you prioritize how to spend your time wisely.
The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness. I don’t think I’ve read a book that so powerfully helps me stay on track in all areas of life. I like to read this book at the beginning of each year to realign my goals. This isnot a Christian book in the classic sense, but the principles Olsen shares will encourage you in surprising ways.
Love Does. This book by Bob Goff is different than any you’ll ever read. Bob describes how to love in daily, practical ways. The book is a quick read even though it is 240 pages.
In His Steps. What does it really mean to be a Christian? In His Steps was the first to ask “What would Jesus do? and quickly became one of the best-selling books of all times. The commitment: “I want volunteers from First Church who will pledge themselves, earnestly and honestly, for an entire year; not to do anything without first asking the question, ‘What would Jesus do?'”