Okay. So I have clearly not being doing very well with my goal of blogging my reading reflections. I will not waste the time with explanations, but will rather quickly try to catch up.
In the category of Finances/ leadership:
Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate by J. Clif Christopher.
This book completed my stint of reading books on money and was outstanding. It really dealt with the churches failure – my failure – to connect with people in a way that will help them give to the God’s ministries through the local church. I wouldn’t necessary recommend this book to everyone, but it is a must read for every pastor or leader in the area of church finances.
In the category of Sociology/ business:
The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell
A historical review of the factors which create momentum and result in a “tipping point” which cause something to catch on and spread like wild fire. It explores what causes things to become popular fads or go viral. It was a really pretty fascinating, but was a book in which it is easy to get a bit bogged down. The three principles of epidemic transmission are: 1) The Law of the Few 2) The Stickiness Factor 3) The Power of Context.
In The category of Ministry Systems:
Fusion by Nelson Searcy
Good book. Very practical information about how to turn first-time guest into fully-engaged members of your church. I recommend it for all church leaders.
7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Joiner/Jones
Excellent and totally enjoyable. I lead my whole leadership team through this book. It is a very easy read with clear and insightful wisdom. Everyone needs to read this book.
In the category of Leadership:
Go Big by Easum/Cornelius
Great book for pastors or ministry leaders about thinking on a different scale. Probably not for everyone but for the leader with the right personality some useful information.
Revolutionary Leadership by Tri Robinson
I actually reread this book while in the Holy land and had forgotten how good it was. Again probably best suited for pastors, but useful information about being a leader and developing systems to support ministry. It is basically the story of how Tri started the Vineyard in Boise.
The Radical Edge by Steve Farber
This is the sequel to his first book, The Radical Leap, but you could start with this one I suppose. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I loved his first one and think every leader of anything should read these two books. They are very short and very easy to read. They are written in story form and weave great wisdom and insight into the story through colorful characters.
Okay so that catches me up on my recaps.
I am currently reading or rereading:
“Ordering your Private world” by Gordan MacDonald
“The Principle Factor” by Andy Stanley
“The Relationship principles of Jesus”