Thursday, February 4, 2010

Three Great Books for Ministry

Fusion by Nelson Searcy
Simple Church by Thom Rainer
Sticky Church by Larry Osborne

Over the past few years I have read hundreds of books on church growth, ministry, worship, disciple making, evangelism, membership and just about everything else you can think of relating to the church. I am currently in PLD (Pastoral Leadership Development) with a group of about 25 clergy, a preaching group with five other preachers and I lead a group on evangelism in our church. All of them center around learning and discerning, but with a different focus for each. These three books popped up and have stuck with me. After reflecting for a few days I think we might say that we are living into the Fusionistic Sticky Simple church model of ministry here at Grace. Two of the books are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but there is synergy there if you work it. If you are member of a church, or you are a pastor, you would do well to sit down and read one of those books. They do not have all the answers, but they have a story to tell and if you listen, you might find some direction for your own walk with Christ. Go in peace and go with God.

p.s. Other books I have read recently-
Go Big by Bill Cornelius
Membership Matters by Chuck Lawless
Unbinding the Gospel and Unbinding the Church by Martha Grace Reese
First Impressions by Mark Waltz
Unchristian by David Kinnaman
Determining the Form by O. Wesley Allen
Jim and Casper go to church by Jim Henderson
What Americans Really Want...Really: The truth about our hopes, dreams and fears by Frank Luntz

that is just to name a few

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