Leaders are readers. I’m always working through a handful of books at a time. On my list right now:
• The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
• The Church in an Age of Crisis: 25 New Realities Facing Christianity by James Emery White
• Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at Its Best by Eugene Peterson
But here’s my top 3 recommendations for books every kidmin should read and why.
1. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
You will not find a better guide to team than Lencioni’s seminal work on the subject. Like many of his books, Lencioni begins with a fable and then breaks down the model. This book, the online team assessment, and the accompanying field guide are amazing tools to build a great team.
2. Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni
I know. Two books by the same author. Do I consider Patrick a saint? I just might. But this book provides the framework for the best leadership tool I’ve put into practice: the thematic goal process. The thematic goal process has been a ministry game-changer. It allows the teams I’m on to stay focused and the meetings I’m in to remain relevant and engaging.
3. Forgotten God by Francis Chan
In this compelling invitation to understand and experience the Holy Spirit, Chan offers a challenge and Biblical clarity that I go back to regularly. The accompanying DVD Study Resource has short teaching sessions that I’ve used for personal retreats as well as group studies. Dive in, dive deep. As ministry leaders we often try to operate on our own strength, I know I did many times. But we need the reminder that God’s Spirit lives in us and can lead us powerfully!
What about you? What books are you reading these days?