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!
- Letters to the Church (2018)
- Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership (2015)
- Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, Integrity, Revised Edition (2010)
- Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities (2011)
- Paul and His Team: What the Early Church Can Teach Us About Leadership and Influence (2017)
- Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of under 250 (2018)
- Organix: Signs of Leadership in a Changing Church (2011)
- Maximizing the Midsize Church: Effective Leadership for Fruitful Mission and Ministry (2019)
- African American Church Leadership: Principles for Effective Ministry and Community Leadership (Parker Books) (2013)
- Understanding Church Leadership (Church Basics) (2016)
- Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church (Church Flywheel Series) (Volume 1) (2018)
Letters to the Church (2018)
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.
Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership (2015)
It’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?
Much 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.
Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities (2011)
As 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.
Most 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.
Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of under 250 (2018)
Big 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.
Does your leadership style fit new ways of doing church–leadership that is organic and elastic and that finds ways to seize God-given opportunities?
Nearly 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.
African American Church Leadership: Principles for Effective Ministry and Community Leadership (Parker Books) (2013)
How 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.
Who 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.
Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church (Church Flywheel Series) (Volume 1) (2018)
Are 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?
Best Church Leadership Books: The Ultimate List
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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.