Leadership in the church is a tricky business. Life change and the eternal destinies of real people depend on the redemptive message entrusted to the local church to carry out. I believe the leaders of the local church must be willing to do whatever it takes to lead our churches effectively so God’s message of hope can change the world.
Take a look at some reads I believe will challenge you to grow your vision, volunteers and your gift of leadership.
* Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
By Simon Sinek >
Start with Why shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
* Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
By Greg McKeown >
The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.
* The New Breed: Second Edition: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer
By Jonathan McKee Thomas W. McKee >
Jonathan McKee and Thomas McKee have tapped into their decades of experience with the simple goal of helping you recruit, manage, and lead the new breed of volunteers. They’ll guide you to a clearer understanding of what today’s volunteers look like, how they want to get involved, and how you can most effectively attract, train, and unleash them within your organization.
* The Volunteer Church: Mobilizing Your Congregation For Growth and Effectiveness
By Leith Anderson and Jill Fox >
If you lead a church and are exhausted by the lack of volunteer help, or if you are a volunteer and dream of adding numbers to your team, this book is for you. If you are on a church staff and know that a new ministry is needed but volunteers and training are required to make it happen, here you will find the resources to recruit, inspire, train, and maintain the church’s most vital workforce.
* The Irresistible Revolution: Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical
By Shaine Claiborne >
In Irresistible Revolution, Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a broken world.
* Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul
By Ruth Soukupe >
New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup feels your pain–she has been there too. Through personal stories, Biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire and empower each of us to finally declutter not just our home, but our mind and soul as well. Unstuffed is real, honest, and gets right down to the question we are all facing–how can we take back our lives from the stuff that is weighing us down?
* The Art of Authenticity: Tools to Become an Authentic Leader and Your Best Self
By Karissa Thacker >
Some are born to lead, others must be taught, but all leaders must work to retain their own values and basic sense of self. A simple pause can mean the difference between a knee-jerk reaction and an authentic decision, and the effects ripple throughout your organization. The Art of Authenticity is your guidebook to finding the true authentic leader within, and leading from the inside out for the long haul.
YOUR LEADERSHIP CAN BECOME AN INFLUENTIAL FORCE FOR GOOD IF YOU ARE WILLING TO ALLOW GOD AND OTHER LEADERS TO LEAD YOU.