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The Leadership Labyrinth: Negotiating the Paradoxes of Ministry

Judson Edwards (Smyth & Helwys).

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Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral Leaders

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A Tapestry of Love: The Spirituality of Caregiving

A Tapestry of Love: The Spirituality of Caregiving is a resource for caregivers who often feel isolated and prone to exhaustion, loneliness, depression, anger, and resentment. Using Jesus' interaction with Mary and Martha as recorded in Scripture, A Tapestry of Love provides a framework for spiritual practices that nurtures the crucial work of caregivers, bolsters their relationship with care-receivers, and promotes intimacy with God. The book is written by Joe LaGuardia, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Conyers, and Daphne Reiley, a member of the pastoral care team at Sandy Springs Christian Church. Click here to learn more. 

Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life

Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck (Jossey-Bass, 2004)

Do I Belong in Seminary?

Ronald E. Parker (The Alban Institute, Inc., 1998).

Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness

Eugene Peterson (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001).

The Choice: Choosing A Life that Matters

Youth Bible stufy material published by Smyth and Helwys in conjunction with The Samuel Project.

The material explores themes centered around new creation, making choices, ministry, giftedness, discernment and action.  In The Samuel Project Kit there is a youth teaching guide, ten youth reflection guides and a resource kit.  For further informaion call 1-800-747-3016 or visit

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Jesus on Leadership

Seven principles to assist leaders with everything from humbling their hearts to building a team for Christ. C. Gene Wilkes (Tyndall House Publishing, October 1998).

Let Your Life Speak

An insightful and moving meditation of finding one's true calling. Parker Palmer (Josey-Bass Publishing, 2000).

An Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation

Exploration of ways to practice spiritual disciplines in everyday life. Shows how personality influences the spiritual practices to which we are drawn. M. Robert Mulholland, Jr. (InterVarsity Press, 1993).

Good to Great

Jim Collins (Collins, 2001).

Becoming a Healthier Pastor

Ronald Richardson (Fortress Press, 2005).

Creating A Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership, and Congregational Life

Ronald Richardson (Fortress Press, 2005).

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make A Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company, 2002).

Selecting Church Leaders: A Practice in Spiritual Discernment

When it comes to calling lay people and clergy to church leadership positions, the "How-tos" of structural procedures and church polity resources are readily available through denominational offices. But these resources, ususlly patterned o­n political and business decision-making models, often fail to consider the spiritual aspects of the selection process. Chuck Olsen and Ellen Morseth argue that, in the selection of church leaders, both the mystical aspect of guidance by God's spirit and the human faculties of reason, imagingaion, and intuition should be operative.

Selecting Church Leaders looks at the human side that is redeemed, spirit-graced, and enlightened, along with the human shadow side, which is controlling, ego-driven and destructive, and shows how these two sides need to be held in partnership and tension.  The authors offer a prayer-full process of seeking God's yearing in a particular setting, coupled with both biblical and contemporary illustrations, to show how the practices of spiritual discernment may be implemented to help church bodies o­n their way to this new way or working.

Charles Olsen and Ellen Morseth (The Alban Institute, 2002).

Effective Church Leadership: Building on the Twelve Keys

Kennon L. Callahan (Jossey-Bass, 2000).

Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey

Jim Herrington, Mike Bonem, James H. Furr (Jossey-Bass, 2000).

Leadership Without Easy Answers

Ronald A. Heifetz (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1994).

Leading Women: How Church Women Can Avoid Leadership Traps and Negotiate the Gender Maze

Carol E. Becker (Abingdon Press, 1995).

Leading Change

John P. Kotter (Harvard Business School Press, 1996).

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