General Book Resources

Suggested Reading for Leaders:

  • Stilling the Storm: Worship and Congregational Leadership in Difficult Times. 

    “When congregations go through difficult times, worship will both reflect and influence those difficulties. The practice of worship itself can be a key part of the congregation’s healing process. Teacher and consultant Kathleen Smith successfully demonstrates this truth in Stilling the Storm, a book for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the ways that worship intertwines with the life and health of a congregations.” (reposted from amazon.com)

Suggested Reading for Small Groups:

  • Instant Icebreakers:  50 Powerful Catalysts for Group Interaction and High Impact Learning.

In all group settings it is important to set up great conversations by addressing anxiety, levels of comfort and expectations.  These icebreakers are probably familiar to many of us.  This resource offers a diverse collection to have on had as the congregation begins discussions around any one of the aspects of healthy congregations.

The Unbinding Series(further info…)

  • Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism, 2nd Edition

“Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism is a book for church groups to study. It’s a book for pastors who want the truth about the state of our churches. Reese presents a clear-spoken, hopeful vision for a future and gives us a way to get there-without gimmicky formulas, but hand-in-hand with God.” (reposted from amazon.com)

  • Unbinding Your Church (Pastor’s and Leaders’ Guide to the Real Life Evangelism Series)

“Church leaders should first study Unbinding the Gospel (the church leaders’ study) then use Unbinding Your Heart for the whole congregation. Unbinding Your Church (the pastor’s guide) will help you use both books to maximal effect. Be sure to order Church early. It will help you teach and plan effectively from the very beginning. You will spend your time on what matters–praying, teaching, working directly with your people.” (reposted from amazon.com)

  • Unbinding Your Soul: Your Experiment in Prayer & Community

Unbinding Your Soul prepares church members to invite their friends into a four-week mall group experience with short study chapters, an individual prayer journal, prayer partner activities & group exercises. Groups can opt to continue for additional four-week segments. Groups should double. Some may double again. Includes facilitators’ & pastors’ guides.”(reposted from amazon.com)

  • Unbinding Your Heart: 40 Days of Prayer and Faith Sharing (All-Church Study, Unbinding the Gospel Series, with personal prayer journal)

“Unbinding Your Heart: 40 Days of Prayer & Faith Sharing is a brilliant book — witty, engaging, and grounded in a four-year, national Lilly Endowment study of superb evangelism. Unbinding Your Heart is a six-week individual and small-group study for your entire congregation. ” (reposted from amazon.com)

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