my favorite books for leadership teams

reading a book with your children’s ministry leadership team is a great way to encourage new thoughts and cast a new vision for the direction of your ministry.  i can still remember the first book i led my children’s ministry leadership team through – sue miller’s book “making your children’s ministry the best hour of every kid’s week.” we would read a chapter on our own, and then discuss that chapter together each week – it was such a rich time of dialogue, and examining, and learning about each other’s perspectives and philosophies. reading that book together encouraged us to re-think many of the assumptions we had made in ministry.

here is a list of my current favorites for leadership teams:

1. Postmodern Children’s Ministry by Ivy Beckwith – whether you agree or disagree with ivy’s perspective, it is the perfect book for a group trying to define vision and values.

2. Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands by Nancy Ortberg –  my absolute favorite book on leadership, great stories and applicable lessons. i can’t say enough about how personally affected i was by this book.

3. Mad Church Disease by Anne Jackson – fantastic book about overcoming burnout in the church, a great resource for spending your energy well in ministry, especially great for volunteers who may be headed towards burn out in their roles.

4. Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World by Don Tapscott – a great book on the characteristics of digital kids, perfect for discussions on how relevant your ministry is today.

5. Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide by Reggie Joiner – brand new from the leader of reThink, great thoughts on envisioning parents and church leaders.

what books are on your current list? what are you doing to lead and challenge your leadership team?

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