Social justice has really crept on my radar, as you may or may not have noticed. Another book that had profound influence on me & this passion was Randy Alcorn’s Money, Possessions & Eternity (published 1989). I would say that these books are must reads, not only for leaders, but for evangelicals in general. All but one has been reviewed on this site in the last year (& that one will be up within the month), so if you click on the picture of the book it will take you to those reviews.
9. This Beautiful Mess. Rick McKinley is the pastor of Imago Dei in
8. Living the Resurrection. Spiritual formation & spiritual leadership are not something to be taken care of by "specialists." We live in a society of specialists. Spirituality is not specialized. It is something every Christian should work at. Paul says that we are "to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." This isn't something only for the pastors, but for every believer. We all need to dig into Scripture, to "search the Scriptures like the noble Bereans."
7. Communicating for a Change. Speaking directly to leaders & pastors, Mr. Stanley discusses the philosophy North Point follows in communicating their messages. I believe that this would be helpful to anyone, because we all communicate & many times we are trying to get our point across to people so they will see our vantage point. The idea is to boil your message down to one point. Get that message across as simply & clearly as possible. If you have multiple things you want to get across, save them for another time, (in sermons, make it a series). Very helpful resource!
6. The AIDS Crisis. This book is a great book to be used personally or within a small group to learn more about the AIDS pandemic & what you (your group or your church) can do to get involved. The Church has sat back long enough & needs to get involved in turning the tide with this disease. This book is an excellent resource to help you get started.