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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!

1. Letters to the Church (2018)

Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate List  The New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love challenges readers to be the Church as God intends.     Sit with Pastor Francis Chan and be reminded that you are a part of something much bigger than yourself, something sacred.   In his most powerful book yet, Chan digs deep into biblical truth, reflects on his own failures and dreams, and shares stories of ordinary people God is using to change the world.   Chan says, “We’ve strayed so far from what God calls Church. We all know it. We know that what we’re experiencing is radically different from the Church in Scripture. For decades, church…
Author(s): Francis Chan

2. 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? 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 do to actually thrive…
Author(s): Hartwig Ph.D., Ryan T. , Warren Bird , et al.

3. 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. The need for leadership in the church―defined as discovering the faithful future into which God is calling the congregation, and walking with the congregation into that future―is just as pressing as it ever was. And for that reason, the need for clear, insightful thinking about leadership is just as great as it ever…
Author(s): Lovett H. Jr. Weems

4. 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. The multicultural team of Juan Martinez and Mark Branson has written this book to equip such leaders to create environments that make God’s reconciling initiatives apparent in church life and in our missional engagement with neighborhoods and cities. Generated by courses they teach at Fuller Theological Seminary, Branson and Martinez take an interdisciplinary approach that integrates biblical and theological study with the disciplines of sociology,…
Author(s): Mark Branson, Juan F. Martinez

5. 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. Like a church-ministry version of Team of Rivals, it reveals important principles about leadership and influence by showing how this early ministry team: Whether…
Author(s): Ryan Lokkesmoe, Heather Zempel

6. 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. It encourages them to steward their role well, debunking myths about small churches while offering principles for leading a dynamic, healthy small church. Based on the popular six-hour lecture that Karl Vaters delivers to church leaders…
Author(s): Karl Vaters

7. 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? Looking back and drawing on the ancient Christian tradition, Bob Whitesel describes seven traitsfor successful leadership, which he characterizes by seven symbols:O   (the Greek symbol theta) – the first letter of the Greek word theos stresses that God is the source of the burden for others and provides the power to help them.Rx (the medical prescription symbol) – an emphasis on addressing the spiritual…
Author(s): Bob Whitesel

8. 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. Peter covers the most important issues leaders encounter, including: • The important role they play in advancing the kingdom of God • Common cultural characteristics • Typical problems and productive solutions • Advantages over both small and large…
Author(s): David J. Peter

9. 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. African American church communities and those who interact with and work with these communities will find this book particularly useful. #733,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #8875 in Christian Evangelism (Books) #1439 in Christian Church Leadership (Books) #779 in Christian Church…
Author(s): Paul Cannings, Dr Lee June, et al.

10. 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. In the Church Basics Series, trusted church experts write practical, trustworthy resources on issues like Church Discipline, Church Leadership, the Lord's Supper, and Baptism that every pastor can hand every church member.  #584,131 in Books (See Top…
Author(s): Jonathan Leeman, Mark Dever

11. 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? Are you worried that your church isn't reaching its full potential? "Church Growth Flywheel : 5 Practical Systems To Drive Growth at Your Church" is full of helpful insights to help your church reach more people starting today!Bestselling author, Rich Birch, has…
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 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.

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

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

The Paradox of Latina Religious Leadership in the Catholic Church: Las Guadalupanas of Kansas City

Author(s): Theresa L. Torres
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1480024

Leadership in the Church for a People of Hope

Author(s): Mervyn Davies, Graham Dodds
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group, Year: 2011, Size: 937 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 802722

As Christ submits to the Church: A Biblical Understanding of Leadership and Mutual Submission

Author(s): Padgett, Alan G.
Publisher: Baker Academic, Year: 2011, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2213314

Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

Author(s): Ed Stetzer, Warren Bird
Publisher: , Year: 2010, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 467706

Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

Author(s): Neil Cole
Publisher: , Year: 2010, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 534530

The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

Author(s): Eric Swanson, Rick Rusaw
Publisher: , Year: 2010, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 567172

Cracking Your Church's Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration

Author(s): Samuel R. Chand
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Year: 2010, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 823177

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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