What would you be reading if you were me?

30 07 2010

It has been said that “leaders are readers”.  Someone asked me what I had been reading lately.  Unfortunately, what I’ve been reading is a much shorter stack of books than what I really want to read this year.  Sadly I do have a stack of books to read this year, that won’t be touched this month.

It’s no cliche’ that the Bible is the one true inexhaustible resource…it’s the one that will never run out…it will always have relevant TRUTH to offer any situation we come across.  I really do go to the Bible for real answers every day.  In “The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership”  Steven Sample points out the reality that very few books are being written today that will be relevant 100 years from now.  He suggests that the amount of time you give to the current news, periodicals, and modern books should be proportionate to the value they hold.  He suggests that “super-texts” (manuscripts that are still found relevant 200 years later) should be worthy of more of our time than their modern counterparts.  He refers to The Bible, Plato, Shakespeare, and other ancient texts.

I tend to agree with Steve Sample.  Every week I budget the all too rare reading time I have with regard for value…or priority.  That means that the Bible gets a “lion share” of my reading time.

That being said, here’s a list of the two stacks.  Maybe it helps.  Maybe it doesn’t.  It’s just a list.  The reality is that this list may be no more help to your daily life than a Super Bowl TV ad.

If you have any advice for me, please send it!  What would you be reading if you were me?

Church planting books that helped me:

Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age Ed Stetzer

Planting Missional Churches Ed Stetzer

Planting growing churches for the 21st century Aubrey Malphurs

Starting a new church: the church planter’s church guide to success Ralph Moore

Confessions of a Reformission Rev: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church Mark Driscoll

Starting New Churches on Purpose Ron Sylvia

Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch Nelson Searcy

(Ed Stetzer’s blog sponsored by Lifeway Research)

Books that have helped me in preparation for church planting:

The Emergence of the Church: Context, Growth, Leadership & Worship Arthur Patzia

Natural Church Development Christian Schwarz

Simple Church Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger

No Perfect People Allowed John Burke

Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church Nelson Searcy

Jesus the Revolutionary Communicator: Seven Principles Jesus Lived to Impact, Connect and Lead Erik Lokkesmoe Jedd Medefind

Courageous Leadership Bill Hybels

The Leading Edge Jack Hayford

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork John Maxwell

Selling the Dream Guy Kawasaki

Death by Meeting Patrick Lencioni

Good to Great Jim Collins

Good to Great for the Social Sectors Jim Collins

The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership  Steven Sample

Yeager: An Autobiography by Chuck Yeager

My American Journey Colin Powell Auto Biography

Books that are next on my list:

How to multiply your church Ralph Moore (how to become a church planting church)

Conspiracy of Kindness: A Unique Approach to Sharing the Love of Jesus Steve Sjogren

Multi-racial Church Leadership Books on my list:

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America Michael Emerson & Christian Smith

Church Planting in the African American Context Hozell Francis

Secular Books in Business and Communication that I plan to read:

What Americans Really Want Really Frank Lutz (research) must have

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership Ronald Heifetz Marty Linsky (Harvard guys Read slow) Leading change

The Art of the Start Guy Kawasaki

Real Leaders Don’t Do Powerpoint Christopher Witt

Church related books also on my list:

10 Stupid things that keep Leaders/Churches from growing Geoff Surratt

Church for the Unchurched George Hunter

Axiom Bill Hybels

The Multi-site Roadtrip Geoff Surratt

Sun Stand Still Steven Furtick

Money Greed and God J Richards

Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision Andy Stanley

Taking Your Church to the Next Level Gary McIntosh

Biblical Church Growth Gary McIntosh

What’s Right with the Church: a Manifesto of Hope Elmer Towns

The New Apostolic Congregation George Hunter (church growth reconceived for a new generation)

How to Reach Secular People George Hunter

Zero to Sixty Bob Franquiz

Sticky Teams Larry Osborne

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism Timothy Keller

Getting Things Done David Allen

How the Mighty Fall Jim Collins

The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational Dan Ariley

Delivering Happiness Tony Hsieh

Just As I Am Billy Graham

Predictable Success Les McKeown

Radical David Platt

Forgotten God Francis Chan

Wild Goose Chase Mark Batterson

Confessions of a Pastor Craig Groeschel

Vintage Jesus and Vintage Church Mark Driscoll

Transformational Church Ed Stetzer Thom Rainer

Viral Churches Ed Stetzer

Linchpin Seth Godin

Servolution Dino Rizzo

Volunteer Revolution Bill Hybels

The Christian Athiest Craig Groeschel

The Reason for God Tim Keller

Principle of the Path Andy Stanley

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Bradberry and Greaves

Managing the Non Profit Organization Peter F Drucker



3 responses

30 07 2010

Ben, you’ve got quite the list there. I think all you need to do is just plant the church and go with your heart. No amount of reading and prepping can prepare you a 100%. Having said that I am a”leaders r readers” guy. Here r some books that I enjoyed recently or have received high recommendation:
speak like Churchill and stand like Lincoln.
Sticky church
linchpin by godin
switch by Heath
new gold standard (ritz Carlton)
just wal across the room
everyone communicates fee connect.
Making vision stick

i better stop there. Happy reading

30 07 2010
matt civis

Deep church by Jim Belcher. Strongly reccomend.

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