What Books Help Leaders Understand How to Equip and Empower Church Members?

Start with and see link on home page to Robertson McQuilkin’s  FIVE SMOOTH STONES: Essential Principles of Biblical Ministry and the free exercises I wrote to go with it.

Skim for the big ideas the following titles by George Barna — 

Building Effective Lay Leadership Teams
The Power of Team Leadership
High-Impact African-American Churches Very good insight on strengths in many African American Churches that those of us distant from it need to see.

Henry Blackaby Experiencing God TOGETHER  Stresses how community is so key to being people of God who really know and experience God working in and through us.

Living Your Strengths by Albert Winseman, Donald Clifton, Curt Liesveld (be sure get a new copy there is a code in the flyleaf to take the Clifton Strength Finder and it only works once)  If you can’t find Living Your Strengths get Strength Finder 2.0 but Living Your Strengths applies the Clifton Strength Finder to church world

Neil Cole – Search & Rescue  Very practical and works in a church of any size or age from new plant to declining older church.  Cole’s model was developed during his mission work in Asia and has good application across cultures.

Larry Crabb Real Church A baby boomer reflecting on how unsatisfying church in America is for most of us at a heart level that we do not want to admit but then describes what true community could look like.  An uncomfortable read.

Earl Creps Reverse Mentoring A fresh book on what old geezers like me can learn FROM and WITH young leaders that we leverage into leadership.

Hans Finzel Empowered Leaders A simple guide with transferable principles that help assess how you are doing at developing leaders around you.

David Hansen The Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All of the Answers The single best book on pastoral leadership I have found.  Very practical God centered, people loving vision for developing people into Christ likeness.

R.Paul Stevens The Equippers Guide To Every Member Ministry IVP  Covers some aspects of training and releasing that I have not found in other books.  An older work but well worth locating.

Rick Rusaw & Eric Swanson The Externally Focused Church  Describes a journey of moving from a pure attractional model of church to a balancing incarnational deployment model.

Dallas Willard The Great Omission  A biblical reflection on discipleship that includes an excellent treatment on repentance and grace.

Roy King

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