My Top 4 Reads for Church Planters

I have always been a “reader.”  When I was growing up it was the comics … today it is books, ebooks, & audio books on church planting, leadership development, and growth strategies … whatever I can get my hands on that will inspire me to become a BETTER Christian, husband, parent, pastor and leader.  

I have read hundreds of books over the last 14 years of ministry.  Now I am in the season of “church planting” – so let me give you the 4 top reads that helped me launch The Point in Westbury, NY.  Some of them are inspirational books and others are strategy/systems books.

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THE LAUNCH
Nelson Searcy & Kerrick Thomas

This was the first church planting book I read!  The first of many!  It contains a proven strategy that is working all over the United States.  Nelson & Kerrick have been instrumental in training hundreds of pastors across the country!

Plus … the Journey has invested in The Point (great group of guys)!

imagesTHE ART OF THE START
Guy Kawasaki

 This is the book that helped me create a ministry plan – how we will specifically launch The Point.  Today that ministry plan is being given to church planters from the Church Multiplication Network as a template/guide!
 

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IN A PIT WITH A LION ON A SNOWY DAY
Mark Batterson 

It’s the longest titled book I have every read, but it is worth every word!  It will inspire you to take risks for God.  And every church planter needs to understand the risks – they are HUGE, but we serve a God that is bigger than the risks!

 

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HOLY DISCONTENT
Bill Hybels

 What makes you cry?  Ticks you off?  What injustice do you see and say “I had all I can stand?”  Bill will inspire you to not sit on the sidelines but get in the game and do something.  I could no longer look at Long Island the same … 1.6% Christian population … I couldn’t stand simply a few churches succeeding … we needed more!!!

 

Other recommended reads:
* Starting new churches on Purpose – Ron Sylvia
* The Forgotten Ways – Alan Hirsch
* Organic Church – Neil Cole
* Visioneering – Andy Stanley
* Good to Great – Jim Collins
* Servant Leader – Ken Blanchard
* 9 Things a Leader Must Do – Henry Cloud

That’s the beginning of my bookshelf …

What do you recommend?  I would love to know!!!

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