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Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate List

Here is a list of the best Church Leadership books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

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

 Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate ListIt’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?
Author(s): Hartwig Ph.D., Ryan T. , Warren Bird , et al.

Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, Integrity, Revised Edition (2010)

 Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate ListMuch has changed since the first edition of Lovett Weems’s seminal work Church Leadership appeared in 1993. In that time a substantial literature about leading the congregation has appeared, written from a broad variety of perspectives. But in some ways, little has changed in that time.
Author(s): Lovett H. Jr. Weems

Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities (2011)

 Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate ListAs the church continues to hear and heed Christ’s call to reflect the multiethnic character of his people, pastors and lay leaders need to gain skills and competencies to serve in those contexts.
Author(s): Mark Branson, Juan F. Martinez

Paul and His Team: What the Early Church Can Teach Us About Leadership and Influence (2017)

 Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate ListMost Christians know something of the apostle Paul’s life and ministry, but what about the incredible team of influencers he assembled and mobilized? Who were they, and how did Paul lead this team to accomplish God’s purposes? Even more, what can we learn from their successes and failures, and how can we imitate their qualities? These are the questions that inspired Ryan Lokkesmoe, PhD, to write Paul and His Team.
Author(s): Ryan Lokkesmoe, Heather Zempel

Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of under 250 (2018)

 Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate ListBig churches get all the love. Articles, books, conferences—they mostly feature leaders of large congregations. Yet big churches are a small part of the ecclesial landscape. In fact, more than 90 percent of churches have fewer than 200 people. That means small churches play a big part in what God is doing. Small Church Essentials is for leaders of these smaller congregations.
Author(s): Karl Vaters

Organix: Signs of Leadership in a Changing Church (2011)

 Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate ListDoes your leadership style fit new ways of doing church–leadership that is organic and elastic and that finds ways to seize God-given opportunities?
Author(s): Bob Whitesel

Maximizing the Midsize Church: Effective Leadership for Fruitful Mission and Ministry (2019)

 Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate ListNearly one in four congregations in the United States is a midsize church (150–400 worshippers per week), and the midsize church has its own distinctive culture, dynamics, and characteristics. Drawing on years of research and pastoral ministry, David J. Peter has written a comprehensive handbook for pastors and staff who direct these churches.
Author(s): David J. Peter

African American Church Leadership: Principles for Effective Ministry and Community Leadership (Parker Books) (2013)

 Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate ListHow can African American church leaders maximize their leadership potential? What are current models for effective leadership in the African American Christian community? This book answers those questions and more with up-to-date research and current best practices regarding leadership principles and strategies.
Author(s): Paul Cannings, Dr Lee June, et al.

Understanding Church Leadership (Church Basics) (2016)

 Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate ListWho leads a church? Why is this important to God? God cares about his glory, and he means to display his glory through the church. For this very end, God has established elders and deacons, members, and congregational authority. This primer on church structure connects the different offices of the church to one another and to the glory of God.
Author(s): Jonathan Leeman, Mark Dever

Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church (Church Flywheel Series) (Volume 1) (2018)

 Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate ListAre you ready to see your church impact more people than you have ever before? Are you tired of church leadership books that are long on theory but short on practical help? Have you wanted to reach more people in your community but you weren't sure where to start?
Author(s): Rich Birch, Carl F. George

Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate List

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 Library Genesis and download some church 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.

Accountability and Leadership in the Catholic Church: What Needs to Be Improved

Author(s): Brian Dive
ID: 2841055, Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership

Author(s): Todd Wilson, Gerald L. Hiestand
ID: 2825124, Publisher: InterVarsity Press / IVP Academic, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Amplifiers : using the power of motivational leadership to inspire and influence others

Author(s): Church, Matt
ID: 1357440, Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2013, Size: 9 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown writers. 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? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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