Books for Leaders

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Together – Cummings, Warnock & Waugh

This book is a collection of thoughts on various aspects of youth ministry, written by experienced practitioners in Ireland. “This book is a brilliant insight into the hope-filled, wrestle-rich, Christ-centred youth ministry in Ireland”  Rachel Gardner.

Youth Work from Scratch – Martin Saunders

This book explains how and where to start if you want to see young people in your church once again. Whether you are starting from scratch, or seeking to breathe fresh life into a struggling ministry, Martin’s combination of hands-on experience and thoughtful reflection will prove both practical and visionary.

Sticky Faith (youth worker edition) – Powell, Griffin & Crawford

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The team at Fuller Youth Institute presents youth workers with both a theological/philosophical framework and practical programming ideas to help develop long-term faith in teenagers.

Mend the Gap – Jason Gardner

Resisting simplistic solutions, Jason Gardner deftly analyses the reasons for the growing generation gap in churches, including the role of the church.

He provides practical steps forward for church leaders, youth workers and parents. Underpinning this hopeful book is an unshaking belief in Christ’s burning ability to inspire a ‘whole big bad beautiful mix of people to follow him, regardless of their age.

Purpose Driven Youth – Doug Fields

This book is a guide to creating and maintaining youth ministry for the long run.

Forged around the fundamental purposes of evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and worship, Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry uses the experiences of Saddleback Church to illustrate what a healthy Youth ministry can be.

The five dysfunctions of a team – Patrick Lencioni

In this leadership fable, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions that go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones–often struggle.

He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.

Renovation of the heart – Dallas Willard

With piercing cultural analysis Dallas Willard shows how the spirit of the age has blinded Christian people to the truth of their moral responsibilities. He presents a radical challenge to be transformed to the likeness of Christ in every dimension of life – thought, emotion, character, soul and body. Drawing on biblical and practical resources he explores the spiritual disciplines that are crucial if, by the grace of God, we hope to acquire renovated hearts.

Courageous leadership – Bill Hybels

Leaders must direct their gift of leadership not only to the people under their care but they must influence those with authority over them. Bill Hybels shares what he has learned about Christian leadership in the nearly thirty years he has pastored Willow Creek. He offers leadership strategies that have been proven and refined in the trenches. He gives you his fervent commitment to evangelism and discipleship and his zeal to inspire fellow church leaders even as he seeks to keep growing himself.

Celebration of discipline – Richard Foster

This timeless classic has helped well over a million people discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace and a deeper understanding of God. The book explores the ‘classic disciplines’ of Christian faith: the inward disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study; the outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission and service and the corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance and celebration.

Emotionally healthy spirituality – Peter Scazzero

You can’t be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. Peter Scazzero was pastor of a rapidly growing church, but he did what most people do: avoid conflict in the name of Christianity; ignore his anger, sadness, and fear; use God to run from God; live without boundaries.

Eventually God awakened him to a biblical integration of emotional health, a profound relationship with Jesus, and the historical practices of contemplative spirituality.