Book Recommendations


These are some leadership books I have found helpful in one way or another.  Not an exhaustive list obviously.  Some of these books I have only read portions of, all of them I found to be useful in some way.  Some are about a leader’s inner life, some about their outer life.  Many lean strongly towards the pastoral task, some are just good non-pastoral leadership books I have fund helpful.  Some great ones I’ve benefited from and surely forgotten.

Bible (that may be obvious, but center point for me)

Church Unique

Creating Your Personal Life Plan

Deep and Wide

Emergent Manifesto

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Eugene Peterson

Field Guide for Missional Congregation

Good to Great

In the Name of Jesus

Intuitive Leadership

Getting Things Done

Leadership and Self-Deception

Leaders Who Last

Making Ideas Happen

Making Vision Stick

Me I want to Be, Becoming the Best Version of Yourself

Mistakes Leaders Make

Spiritual Leadership

Spiritual Leadership (Sanders)

The Call

The Church in Transition

The Five Dysfunctions of  a Team

The Five Levels of Leadership

The Missional Leader

The Servant

The Way of the Heart

The Way of the Shepherd

Transformational Church

21 Laws of Leadership

What general or pastoral leadership books have been instrumental/significant in your life?




Each for the Other

I Promise

Love and Respect

Love is a Decision

Sacred Marriage

Sheet Music

10 Building Blocks of A Happy Family

The 5 Love Languages

The Intimate Mystery

The Meaning of Marriage

The Marriage Builder

The Mystery of Marriage

The Space Between: A Parents Guide to Teenage Development

Understanding Your Teenager



What youth ministry books have shaped you significantly?




There are so many out there.  I am going to keep it short here, but I would love to hear what books have been helpful to you.

Discipleship Essentials

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Knowing God

Not a Fan


Prodigal God


Reason for God

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

The Cost of Discipleship

The Pursuit of God

The Pursuit of Holiness

20 Basics Every Christian Should Know

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