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View Category:Book Recommendations

Book List for Church Planters and others

Click on the title of the book to go directly to Christianbook Distributor’s and order. (If title is not available from CBD, we have tried to given an alternate website where the book can be purchased.)

Church Planting

Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer
Launch by Nelson Searcy
Church Planting Landmines by Tom Nebel and Gary Rohrmayer, pub by Church Smart

Urban/African-American/Multi-ethnic

High Impact African-American Churches by George Barna & Harry Jackson - Very good book for any church plant!
Multicultural Ministry by David Anderson
Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark De Ymaz

Leadership

Leading with Confidence by Bobb Biehl (through Masterplanning Group) If you can only get one book on leadership, get this one.
Crucial Conversations by the Vital Smarts group: Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler – published by McGraw Hill - Incredible book on how to have those tough conversations.
It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It by Craig Groeschel
Confessions of a Pastor by Craig Groeschel
The Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley

Organization/Time Management

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Planning for Your Launch or Big Sunday

Go Big by Bill Easum and Bil Cornelius
First Impressions: Creating Wow Experiences in Your Church by Mark Waltz

Outreach and Community Impact

Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren
101 Ways to Reach Your Community by Steve Sjogren
  Also get Steve Sjogren’s free “SERVE” e-zine at www.servantevangelism.com
Get the Word Out by John Teter, IVP
The Externally Focused Church by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson
Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by the Vital Smarts group – published by McGraw Hill. This is an amazing book!

Communication and Preaching

Communicating for A Change: 7 Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley

Free Resources for Preaching, etc.

Go to www.lifechurch.tv and check out “Open – Free Resources for Churches”

Theology

Anything by NT Wright, but especially:
    “___________ for Everyone” – e.g. Mark for Everyone - This is his basic commentaries and is published under the name Tom Wright.
    Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship - This is actually a short book of sermons by NT Wright.  It’s incredible, and could be a great book for new believers on basic Christian Beliefs. Also check out:
    Simply Christian - Some have called this the replacement for CS Lewis’ “Mere Christianity”
    Surprised by Hope - His book on Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.

The Mission of God by Chris Wright (no relation) – but an excellent compendium of missiology and “Misseo Dei”
Transforming Mission by David Bosch

Devotional

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen


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