Suggested Reading for Leaders: Leadership

  • The Missional Leader:  Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World

“In The Missional Leader, consultants Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk give church and denominational leaders, pastors, and clergy a clear model for leading the change necessary to create and foster a missional church focused outward to spread the message of the Gospel into the surrounding community.” (reposted from

  • In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership

    This is short work by Henri Nouwen that explores leadership from the perspective of scripture.  It is a good conversation starter and discussion book for a group of leaders to share common language for dynamic conversation about leadership in the Christian tradition.

  • The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods

    “This book reports on voluntary, self-organizing structures that focus on gifts and value hospitality, the welcoming of strangers. It shows how to reweave our social fabric, especially in our neighborhoods. In this way we collectively have enough to create a future that works for all.” (reposted from

  • Perspectives on Congregational Leadership: Applying Systems Thinking For Effective Leadership

    This Alban consult explores systems theory and congregational leadership to help pastors and church leaders consider the challenges of their particular context.

  • The Practice of Adaptive Leadership
    • by Ronald A.Heifetz, Marty Linsky and Alexander Grashow 
    • (link to amazon)

    After years of teaching and developing leadership process in the context of Harvard University this book is a great reference book.  It offers a number of practices that enhance the abilities of leaders to support changes and continue to move through the challenges that face leaders.

  • Deep Change: Discovering The Leader Within

    “The field guide streamlines, updates, and augments the content of the original book into an interactive self-teaching course that helps readers learn how to become powerful agents of change. Learning tools include reflection questions, film assignments, and action plans that help readers think about the concepts in terms of their own situations, and identify actions to embody the concepts in their lives.”  (reposted from

  • A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix

“A Failure of Nerve is essential reading for all leaders, be they parents or presidents, corporate executives or educators, religious superiors or coaches, healers or generals, managers or clergy. Friedman’s insights about our regressed, “seatbelt society,” oriented toward safety rather than adventure, help explain the sabotage that leaders constantly face today.”(reposted from


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