Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Recommended Reading List

I recently had the opportunity to share a bit with our home church elder board a bit about what God is doing in Mexico, as well as some ideas that could potentially be incorporated into the ministry in rural PA.  Here's a book list that I presented to them...some of my favorite titles from some great authors.  I've added a couple of more to the list as well.

Church Planting and Church Life
Organic Church, by Neil Cole
The Purpose Driven Church, by Rick Warren
An Unstoppable Force, by Erwin McManus
Church 3.0, by Neil Cole
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, by Mark Dever

Evangelism and Missions-related
Living Proof, by Jim Petersen
Cross-cultural Servanthood, by Duane Elmer
On Being a Missionary, by Thomas Hale

Organic Leadership, by Neil Cole
Leadership as an Identity, by Crawford Loritts
Courageous Leadership, by Bill Hybels
The World's Most Powerful Leadership Principle, by Hunter
Leading at a Higher Level, by Ken Blanchard

Radical, by David Platt
Cultivating a Life for God, by Neil Cole
Lifestyle Discipleship, by Jim Petersen
Crazy Love, by Francis Chan

Related Topics
The Reason for God, by Timothy Keller
Counterfeit Gods, by Timothy Keller
Erasing Hell, by Francis Chan
The Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
Who is this Man, by John Ortberg

Other  interesting books on culture and communication
The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
Made to Stick, by Heath and Heath
Drive, by Daniel Pink
Stop Stealing Dreams, by Seth Godin (free e-book)

Quote of the Day: Author Richard Florida polled twenty thousand creative professionals and gave them a choice of thirty-eight factors that motivated them to do their best at work. The top ten, ranked in order:
1. Challenge and responsibility
2. Flexibility
3. A stable work environment
4. Money
5. Professional development
6. Peer recognition
7. Stimulating colleagues and bosses
8. Exciting job content
9. Organizational culture
10. Location and community
Only one of these is a clearly extrinsic motivator (#4, money). The rest are either things we do for ourselves or things that we value because of who we are.
Godin, Seth. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (pp. 77-78).

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