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Best Christian Leadership Books to Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Christian Leadership books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. (2016)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadFrom spending more than two decades alongside thought leaders such as Jim Collins and Malcolm Gladwell, as well as countless Fortune 500 CEOs and start-up entrepreneurs, leadership consultant Brad Lomenick has created a practical road map for helping anyone implement and live out the twenty transformational habits that he discovered to be common among the world’s most innovative leaders. In H3 Leadership, Lomenick organizes these twenty habits into three distinct filters he calls “the 3 Hs”:• Humble: Who am I?• Hungry: Where do I want to go?• Hustle: How will I get there?These attributes,…
Author(s): Brad Lomenick, Mark Burnett

2. Called to Lead: 26 Leadership Lessons from the Life of the Apostle Paul (2010)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadWhat makes a true leader?Is leadership a title? Authority? Charisma? Whatever getsthe best results? Today more than ever, Christians need a model of leadershipthat is based on God’s Word, that brings God glory.In Called to Lead, best-selling author, pastor, and teacherJohn MacArthur explains the characteristics of a leader drawn from one of theBible’s most renowned leaders, the apostle Paul.Focusing on Paul’s letters to the church, Called to Lead showsyou the twenty-six key qualities of a leader who can achieve results withoutforfeiting faith and…
Author(s): John F. MacArthur

3. Organizational Leadership: Foundations and Practices for Christians (2014)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadKingdom leadership does not begin and end at the church door. Christians are called to conduct leadership in government, commerce, schools, neighborhoods, families, para-church ministries and a myriad other contexts. God has given us many gifts, and our responsibility is to be stewards of those gifts, and use them to do the King?s work. In that context, this comprehensive text explores key facets of leadership from a Christian worldview so as to equip people to conduct leadership more authentically than would be possible under alternative paradigms. The book begins with the seldom considered theological foundations of leadership while also…
Author(s): Jack Burns, John R. Shoup, et al.

4. Learning to Lead Like Jesus: 11 Principles to Help You Serve, Inspire, and Equip Others (2018)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadIt’s incredible when someone uses their gifts to make you feel valued and inspire you to greatness. What does it take to develop that kind of heart and influence? How can you become a leader like Jesus?Join Boyd Bailey as he shows you how to mirror Jesus’s heart and make a positive difference in those around you. Explore 11 common traits that mark successful leaders, and learn the keys to growth in wisdom and humility. Through practical teaching, you will find that great leadership begins when you turn your focus to God and model Him in your attitude,…
Author(s): Boyd Bailey

5. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership (1992)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadHenri Nouwen was a spiritual thinker with an unusual capacity to write about the life of Jesus and the love of God in ways that have inspired countless people to trust life more fully. Most widely read among the over 40 books Father Nouwen wrote is In the Name of Jesus. For a society that measures successful leadership in terms of the effectiveness of the individual, Father Nouwen offers a counter definition that is witnessed by a “communal and mutual experience.” For Nouwen, leadership cannot function apart from the community. His wisdom is grounded in the foundation that we are a people “called.” This beautiful…
Author(s): Henri J. M. Nouwen

6. Leadership in Christian Perspective (2019)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadThis book brings the best of leadership theory and research together with biblical reflection and examples of leadership in action to offer a practical guide to Christian leaders.Combining expertise in leadership studies and biblical studies, Justin Irving and Mark Strauss explore how leadership models have moved from autocratic and paternalistic leader-centered models toward an increased focus on followers. The authors show how contemporary theories such as transformational leadership, authentic leadership, and servant leadership take an important step…
Author(s): Irving

7. Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge (2006)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadChristian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge is a faith-based companion to the best-selling leadership book of all time–The Leadership Challenge.  Grounded in Jim and Barry’s time-tested research, Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge describes their Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership ® –Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart—and offers practical guidance and inspiring examples about how Christian leaders can have a powerful impact in…
Author(s): James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner , et al.

8. Being Leaders: The Nature of Authentic Christian Leadership (2003)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadWhat makes a leader a Christian leader? Too many churches and parachurch groups operate under secular leadership principles and strategies without considering what Scripture teaches. In this accessible and comprehensive book, leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs articulates a working definition of Christian leadership based on the Bible and his own extensive research. Malphurs begins by defining a uniquely Christian leader from the inside out, from godly character and commitment to pure motives and a servant attitude. He examines the leaders of the…
Author(s): Aubrey Malphurs

9. Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer (Sanders Spiritual Growth Series) (2017)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadThe need for talented, vigorous leaders in the church cannot be overemphasized. Such times demand active service of men and women who are guided by and devoted to Jesus Christ.With more than 1 million copies sold, Spiritual Leadership stands as a proven classic for developing such leadership. J. Oswald Sanders, a Christian leader for nearly seventy years and author of more than forty books, presents the key principles of leadership in both the temporal and spiritual realms. He illustrates his points with examples from Scripture and biographies of eminent men of God, such as Moses, Nehemiah, the apostle Paul, David…
Author(s): J. Oswald Sanders

10. Christian Education Leadership: Making Disciples in the 21st Century Church (2012)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadBook Description: The collective work of twenty Christian leaders known for their expertise in Christian education, this book is an up-to-date, comprehensive resource on Christian education, with the emphasis on making disciples as Jesus instructed. This volume addresses spiritual formation for all age groups and gives guidance on how to develop an effective church discipleship ministry. The book shows church leaders how to provide for the spiritual formation of all age groups, including people with special needs, who are often neglected. The aim of the book is to forge a strong connection between…
Author(s): Spooner Ph.D., Bernard M., Morris D.Min., Judy, et al.

11. Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership (2015)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadIt’s increasingly clear that leadership should be shared―for the good of any organization and for the good of the leader. Many churches have begun to share key leadership duties, but don’t know how to take their leadership team to the point where it thrives. Others seriously need a new approach to leadership: pastors are tired, congregations are stuck, and meanwhile the work never lets up. But what does it actually mean to do leadership well as a team? How can it be done in a way that avoids frustration and burnout? How does team leadership best equip the staff and bless a congregation? What do the top church teams…
Author(s): Hartwig Ph.D., Ryan T. , Warren Bird , et al.

12. New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program Manual with Guest Leader & CD-ROM: Revised Edition (2007)

Best Christian Leadership Books to ReadNew Consecration Sunday approaches financing the ministries of your congregation by teaching stewardship from a spiritual perspective rather than a fundraising perspective. It focuses on the question, “What is God calling me to do?” rather than, “What does the church need in order to pay its bills?”     Order the program book (ISBN 978-0-687-64437-7) and gather a team. Purchase copies of the Team Member Manual (ISBN 978-0-687-64447-6), one for each member of your team. These resources provide complete instructions for implementing the program successfully.  Order additional Estimate of Giving Cards…
Author(s): Herb Miller

Best Christian Leadership Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some christian leadership books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Biblical Leadership Development: Principles for Developing Organizational Leaders at Every Level

Author(s): Stuart W. Boyer
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309417

Biblical Principles of Being an Employee in Contemporary Organizations

Author(s): Bruce E. Winston
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407051

Leadership Theory and Research : A Critical Approach to New and Existing Paradigms

Author(s): Christian Harrison
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153860

Biblical Principles of Hiring and Developing Employees

Author(s): Bruce E. Winston
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2203932

Evaluating Employee Performance through Christian Virtues

Author(s): Mihai C. Bocarnea, Joshua Henson, Russell L. Huizing, Michael Mahan, Bruce E. Winston
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2250343

Bold Followership

Author(s): Maurice A. Buford
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2250376

Biblical Theology for Ethical Leadership

Author(s): Aaron Perry
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2250480

Biblical Principles of Leading and Managing Employees

Author(s): Bruce E. Winston
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2250964

Biblical Servant Leadership

Author(s): Steven Crowther
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251493

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly hot items according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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