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BOOKS  to  help  you  COACH  well


BOOKS  to  help  you  COMMUNICATE  well

BOOKS  to  help  you  CONNECT  people at  and  beyond  church

RECOMMENDATIONS (A-L)
RECOMMENDATIONS (M-Z)
  • Neighborhood Church
  • People are the Mission
  • Radical Welcome
  • Reciprocal Church
  • Reclaiming Conversation
  • Retreats That Work
  • Secrets of a Secret Shopper: Reaching and Keeping Church Guests
  • The Art of Convening
  • The Art of Gathering
  • The Art of Neighboring
  • The Comeback Effect
  • The Neighboring Church
  • The New Parish
  • Visiting Church Online
  • We Want You Here
  • Wide Welcome

BOOKS  to  help  people  GIVE  generously  &  SERVE  daily

BOOKS  to  help  people  GROW  vibrant  faith

RECOMMENDATIONS (A-L)
  • A Royal "Waste" of Time
  • A Spirituality of Living
  • Being the Presence of Christ
  • Beloved
  • Called by God to Serve
  • Called
  • Calling All Years Good
  • Callings
  • Celebration of Disciple
  • Church+Home
  • Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
  • Connecting Church and Home
  • Creating a Life With God
  • Creating Holy Spaces
  • Daly Texts
  • Everything is Sacred
  • Faith Formation 4.0
  • Faith Formation in a Secular Age
  • Faith Formation With a New Generation
  • Faith Forming Faith
  • Faithful Families
  • Families and Faith
  • Families at the Center of Faith Formation
  • Family-Based Youth Ministry
  • Grateful
  • Holding Your Family Together
  • Holy Conversation
  • Holy Work with Children
  • How to Read the Bible Book by Book
  • How to Read the Bible for All its Worth
  • Learning to Pray Again
  • Liturgy of the Ordinary
  • Longing for God
RECOMMENDATIONS (M-Z)
  • Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry
  • Making Sense of the Bible
  • Making Sense of Scripture
  • Recalibrate: A New Measure for Family Ministry
  • Power Surge
  • Sacred Pathways
  • Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes
  • Saying No to Say Yes
  • Seamless Faith
  • Shaping Spiritual Leaders
  • Souls in Transition
  • Spiritual Disciplines Handbook
  • Spiritual Discovery
  • Spiritual Practices
  • Sticky Faith
  • Teaching that Changes Lives
  • Teaching that Makes a Difference
  • Teaching through the Art of Storytelling
  • Tell it Like it Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony
  • The Caring Congregation
  • The Church as a Learning Community
  • The Common Rule
  • The Faith of Leap
  • The Practicing Congregation
  • The Scattering
  • The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation
  • The Soul of Discernment
  • The Spirit and Culture of Youth Ministry
  • The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family
  • The Stories We Live
  • Transformational discipleship
  • Transforming Worship
  • Traveling Mercies
  • We Make the Road By Walking
  • Whose Got Time?
  • Worship Frames
  • Worship Matters
  • You Are What You Love

BOOKS  to  help  people  LEAD  well

RECOMMENDATIONS (A-L)
RECOMMENDATIONS (M-Z)
  • Meeting Design
  • On Becoming a Leader
  • Opportunity Leadership: Stop Planning and Start Getting Results
  • Practicing Greatness
  • Relational Leadership
  • Rise Above the Lies
  • Shepherd of Souls
  • Strategic Doing
  • Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership
  • Teams That Thrive
  • Teamwork and Teamplay
  • Tempered Resilience
  • The Aspiring Leader’s Guide to the Future: 9 Surprising Ways Leadership is Changing
  • The Attributes
  • The Catalyst Leader
  • The Daily Drucker
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • The Flourishing Pastor: Recovering the Lost Art of Shepherd Leadership
  • The Ideal Team Player
  • The Leader’s Journey
  • The Practice of Adaptive Leadership
  • The Relational Pastor
  • The Sacred Valley
  • The Secret of Teams
  • The Self-Aware Leader
  • The Truth about Leadership
  • The Work of Leaders
  • Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
  • Unlocking Potential
  • You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader

BOOKS  to  help  people  LIVE  well

RECOMMENDATIONS (A-L)
  • At Your Best
  • Be the Switch
  • Becoming a Life Change Artist
  • Better Than Before
  • Church Leadership Essentials
  • Church Leadership
  • Crafting a Rule of Life
  • Design Your Day
  • Designing Your Life
  • Disrupt You!
  • Disrupt Yourself
  • Do What You Are
  • Entrepreneurial You
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • Flourishing in Ministry
  • Liturgy of the ordinary
  • Living Into Community
RECOMMENDATIONS (M-Z)
  • Reinventing You
  • Reinvention Roadmap
  • Sabbath: Finding Res, and Delight in our Busy Lives
  • Sabbath as Resistance
  • See Do Repeat: The Practice of Entrepreneurship
  • Shift Your Thinking
  • Simple Habits for Complex Times
  • Start Finishing
  • Start Less, Finish More
  • Tending to the Holy
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • The Art of Rest
  • The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
  • The Rewired Life Workbook
  • The Right Questions
  • The Unhurried Life
  • Thriving in the Second Chair
  • Work Clean

BOOKS  to  help  people  MANAGE  well

RECOMMENDATIONS (A-L)
  • Beyond Measure
  • Business Made Simple
  • Deep Work
  • Deliberate Simplicity
  • Effectiveness By the Numbers
  • Execute Your Vision
  • Execution is the Strategy
  • Free to Focus
  • Governance and Ministry
  • Lessons from the Church Boardroom
RECOMMENDATIONS (M-Z)
  • Make Your Bed
  • Management Tips
  • Managing Difficult People
  • Managing Leadership Anxiety
  • Managing Oneself
  • Managing Polarities in Congregations
  • Managing Transitions
  • Measure What Matters
  • Measuring Success
  • Ministry and Money
  • Ministry in the Digital Age
  • Mobilizing Congregations
  • Moments of Impact
  • Multiplying Missional Leaders
  • Performance Conversations
  • Piloting Church
  • Pivot
  • Reinventing Your Board
  • Six Simple Rules
  • Smart Church Management
  • Smart Church Staff Evaluations
  • Streamline
  • Structured for Mission
  • The 7-Minute Productivity Solution
  • The Business of the Church
  • The Church Money Manual
  • The Elephant in the Boardroom
  • The One Thing
  • The Organizational Alignment Handbook
  • The Power of Habit
  • The Progress Principle
  • The Virtual Assistant Solution
  • Vital Signs

BOOKS  to  help  you  REINVENT  your  future

RECOMMENDATIONS (A-L)
  • Advance Strategic Planning
  • Agile Engagement
  • Agility Shift
  • Analog Church
  • Be Mean about the Vision
  • Beyond Maintenance to Mission
  • Beyond the Idea
  • Beyond the Prototype
  • Black Box Thinking
  • Building the Bridge as You Walk on It
  • By Design or Default
  • Change
  • Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard to Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile Times
  • Change and Conflict in Your Congregation
  • Change the Culture, Change the Game
  • Change Your Church for Good
  • Changing the Conversation
  • Charting Change
  • Choosing Change
  • Church Revitalization Checklist
  • Church Transfusion
  • Church Unique
  • Clarity First
  • Cracking Creativity
  • Cracking Your Church's Culture
  • Creating Your Church's Culture
  • Discerning God's Will Together
  • Discerning Your Congregation's Future
  • Disruption
  • Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization
  • Doing the Math of Mission
  • Dream Big, Think Small
  • Everywhere You Look
  • Holy Conversations
  • How to Thrive in Chaos
  • Kingdom Innovation for a Brave New World
  • Leveling the Church
RECOMMENDATIONS (M-Z)
  • Making Shifts without Making Waves
  • Making the Shift Field Guide
  • Mapping Innovation
  • Memories, Hopes, and Conversations
  • Missional Renaissance
  • Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission
  • Navigating the Future
  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
  • Open Source Church
  • Paid to Think
  • Pursuing God's Will Together
  • Quietly Courageous
  • Re: Vision
  • Recreating the Church
  • Reframation
  • Reframing Hope
  • Reframing Organizations
  • Reimagining Collaboration
  • Renew
  • Sailboat Church
  • Shift 2.0
  • Shift: Three Big Moves for the 21st Century Church
  • Start This Stop That
  • Strategic Planning: A Pragmatic Guide
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
  • Ten Types of Innovation
  • The Agile Church
  • The Anticipatory Organization
  • The Creativity Leap
  • The Five Faces of Genius
  • The Five Most Important Questions
  • The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
  • The Four Lenses of Innovation
  • The Gathered and Scattered Church
  • The Kingdom Connected
  • The Power of Asset-Mapping
  • The Power of Moments
  • The Post-Quarantine Church
  • The Practice: Shipping Creative Work
  • The Road to Better Habits
  • The Shaping of Things to Come
  • The Strategy Visioning Workshop Journal
  • Thriving Communities
  • Transformational Church
  • Transforming Congregational Culture
  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There
  • Whole Church: Leading from Fragmentation to Engagement

BOOKS  to  help  you  lead  SMALL  GROUP  ministries

RECOMMENDATIONS (A-L)
  • 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders
  • Tips for Rookies & Veterans on Leading Youth Ministry Small Groups
  • Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups
  • The Big Book on Small Groups
  • Building a Life-Changing Small Group Ministry: A Strategic Guide for Leading Group Life in Your Church
  • Coaching Life-Changing Small Group Leaders: A Comprehensive Guide for Developing Leaders of Groups and Teams
  • Creating: Five Keys to Building a Thriving Small Group Culture
  • Creating Community, Revised & Updated Edition: Five Keys to Building a Thriving Small Group Culture
  • Creating Community, Revised & Updated Edition: Five Keys to Building a Thriving Small Group Culture
  • The Essential Guide for Small Group Leaders
  • Group Dynamics: Basics and Pragmatics for Practitioners
  • Groups that Thrive: 8 Surprising Discoveries About Life-Giving Small Groups
  • How to Lead Small Groups
  • Lead Small: Five Big Ideas Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know
RECOMMENDATIONS (M-Z)
  • Small-Group Leader’s Quick Guide to (Almost) Everything
  • Small Group Ministry Volunteer Handbook
  • Small Groups for the Rest of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes
  • Leading Small Groups: How to Gather, Launch, Lead, and Multiply Your Small Group
  • Leading Small Groups That Thrive: Five Shifts to Take Your Group to the Next Level
  • Leading Small Groups with Purpose: Everything You Need to Lead a Healthy Group
  • Making Small Groups Work: What Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know
  • Planning Small Groups with Purpose: A Field-Tested Guide to Design and Grow Your Ministry
  • Simple Small Groups: A User-Friendly Guide for Small Group Leader
  • Small Groups, Big Impact
  • Small Groups with Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities
  • Vibrant Small Groups: A 5-Step Process to Create a Ministry That Fits Your Church

Downloads  to  Support  Your  Coaching  Efforts

RECOMMENDATIONS (A-L)
RECOMMENDATIONS (M-Z)
  • Rocket Fuel
  • See Do Repeat
  • Traction

                                                 Great  Blogs  to  Support  Your  Ministry  Efforts

AGGREGATORS

COACH  |  Coaching individuals, Teams & Organizations
  • Add
COMMUNICATION, LEADERSHIP, STAFFING & ADMINISTRATION
  • Brett Powell
  • MinistryPass.com
  • Russell Moore
  • Tony Morgan Live
COMMUNICATION, LEADERSHIP, STAFFING & ADMINISTRATION
  • Aspen Group
  • Brett Powell
  • Chemistry Staffing (staffing/supervision)
  • MinistryPass.com
  • Russell Moore
  • Tony Morgan Live
  • The Unstuck Group  (becoming unstuck)
  • Vanderbloemen (staffing/transitions)
COMMUNICATE  |  Marketing, Graphic Design & Social Media
  • Church Marketing University
  • Creative Bloq (tutorials, product reviews, buying guides)
  • Design Week (graphics, product design, and branding projects)
  • Visual Journal (images of graphic design, branding, and visual communication)
  •  Abduzeedo (design, illustration, photography)
  • ID Identity Design (branding and identity design)
  • It’s Nice That (well-curated mix of illustration and graphic design projects)
  •   Adobe Creative Cloud Blog (inspiring content, usage instructions, tutorials)
  • SwissMiss (high-quality content for creative professionals)
  • Adobe 99U (useful guides and tips on entrepreneurship to work-life balance)
CONNECT  |  Deepen Relationships & Hospitality
  • Greg Atkinson (worship & first impressions)
  • Growing Leaders (youth ministry)
  • Mark Howell (small group ministry)
  • Thom Rainer (ministry revitalization)
  • Youth Cartel (youth ministry)
  • YM Sidekick  (youth ministry)
  • Chuck Lawless
GIVE/SERVE |  Increase Generosity & Stewardship; Equip Volunteers
  • Greg Atkinson  Worship Impressions and the First Impressions Conference.
Ron Edmondson – As a consultant and coach, for almost 20 years Ron has helped thousands of leaders and organizations get better.
Russell Moore –
Tony Morgan Live –
Brett Powell –
Thom Rainer –
GROW | Lifelong Faith Formation
  • Add
LEAD |  Leading Yourself, Your Teams & Your Congregation
  • Add
  • Kurt Bubna 
  • Brandon A. Cox 
  • Kevin DeYoung
  • Peter Englert
  • J.D. Greear
  • Pastor Joe McKeever
  • Thomas McDaniels
  • Carey Nieuwhof
  • Joshua Reich
  • Rookie Preacher
  • Charles Stone
  • Rich Birch
  • Dan Reiland
  • ChurchLeaders.com
  • Desiring God
  • Outreach Magazine
  • Pastors.com
LIVE WELL | Sabbath, Boundaries, Friends & Family
  • Add
MANAGE WELL | Staffing , Supervision, Governance & Administration
  • Chemistry Staffing (staffing/supervision)
  • Vanderbloemen (staffing/transitions)
REINVENTION | Leading Change, Strategic Visioning
  • Aspen Group
  • Phil Cooke  (reflections on culture)
  • Joseph Lalonde (reflections on culture
  • Ron Edmondson (improving ministry)
  • Shawn Lovejoy
  • The Unstuck Group  (reinvention)

               Podcasts  to  Worth  Listening To

A-G
A-G
  • Abduzeedo (design, illustration, photography)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Blog (inspiring content, usage instructions, tutorials)
  • Adobe 99U (useful guides and tips on entrepreneurship to work-life balance)
  • Carey Nieuwhof
  • Church Marketing University (communication/marketing)
  • Church Leadership
  • Creative Bloq (tutorials, product reviews, buying guides)
  • Design Week (graphics, product design, and branding projects)
  • Desiring God
  • ID Identity Design (branding and identity design)
  • It’s Nice That (well-curated mix of illustration and graphic design projects)
  •   
  • ChurchLeaders.com
  • Desiring God
  • Outreach Magazine
  • Pastors.com
  • Kurt Bubna 
  • Brandon A. Cox 
  • Kevin DeYoung
  • Peter Englert
  • J.D. Greear
  • Pastor Joe McKeever
  • Thomas McDaniels
  • Carey Nieuwhof
  • Joshua Reich
  • Rookie Preacher
  • Charles Stone
  • Rich Birch
  • Dan Reiland

A-G
  • H-P
  • Abduzeedo (design, illustration, photography)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Blog (inspiring content, usage instructions, tutorials)
  • Adobe 99U (useful guides and tips on entrepreneurship to work-life balance)
  • Church Marketing University (communication/marketing)
  • Creative Bloq (tutorials, product reviews, buying guides)
  • Design Week (graphics, product design, and branding projects)
  • ID Identity Design (branding and identity design)
  • It’s Nice That (well-curated mix of illustration and graphic design projects)
  •   Kurt Bubna

  • Outreach Magazine
  • Pastors
  • Greg Atkinson  Worship Impressions and the First Impressions Conference.
    Ron Edmondson – As a consultant and coach, for almost 20 years Ron has helped thousands of leaders and organizations get better.

    Russell Moore –
    Tony Morgan Live –
    Brett Powell –
    Thom Rainer –
CONNECT
  • Greg Atkinson (worship & first impressions)
  • Growing Leaders (youth ministry)
  • Mark Howell Live (small group ministry)
  • Rookie Preacher
  • SwissMiss (high-quality content for creative professionals)
  • Thom Rainer (ministry revitalization)
  • Youth Cartel (youth ministry)
  • YM Sidekick  (youth ministry)
  • Chuck Lawless
  • Visual Journal (images of graphic design, branding, and visual communication)
LIVE WELL
  • Add

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