Grand Valley Baptist Association
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Taking the Grand Gospel to the Grand Valley and Beyond

Recommended Reading for Pastors & Staff

Here are some books that have challenged my thinking, greatly inspired me or both!  Warning!  The Holy Spirit has used each of these works to teach me something important.  If you are set in your thinking about church methodology, these may be dangerous to your health!  The works are books that I have either read or re-read recently.  Suggestion: don't judge the value of a book until you personally have read it with an open mind and have asked the Holy Spirit to show you if there is a Biblical teaching you can learn from the work!  These works are my personal recommendation for reading and enlightenment and are not in any way meant to represent the views of the Grand Valley Baptist Association.    Kent Shirley
                Title / Author / (publisher)
  • Church Next  by Eddie Gibbs (IVP)
  • Prayerwalking  "Praying on Site with Insight" by Steve Hawthorne and Graham Kendrick (Creation House)
  • The Present Future by Reggie McNeal (Jossey-Bass)
  • The Shaping of Things to Come by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch (Hendrickson)
  • Church Planting Movements by David Garrison
  • The Organic Church by Neil Cole (Jossey-Bass)
  • The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church by Roland Allen
  • Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders (Moody Press)
  • The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan (Thomas Nelson)
  • Red Moon Rising by Pete Greig & Dave Roberts (Kingsway Publications)
  • Paul by Charles R. Swindoll (W Publishing)
  • The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus (Thomas Nelson)
  • He Shall Be Called by Robert J. Morgan (Warner Faith)
  • Transformation by Bob Roberts Jr.  "How Glocal Churches Transform Lives and the World" (Zondervan)
  • The Celtic Way of Evangelism by George G. Hunter III (Abingdon)
  • Simple Church by Thom S. Rainer & Eric Geiger (Broadman & Holman)
  • Exiles by Michael Frost (Hendrickson)
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell (Thomas Nelson)
  • Confident Pastoral Leadership "Practical Solutions to Perplexing Problems" by Howard F. Sugden & Warren W. Wiersbe
  • The Passion Driven Sermon by Jim Shaddix (Broadman & Holman Publishers)
  • Wright Up Front by Rayfield Wright with Jeanette DeVader (Emerald Press Inc.)
  • Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy (Tyndale House)
  • No Little Places "The Untapped Potential of the Small-Town Church"  by Ron Klassen & John Koessler (Baker)
  • Character Makes A Difference  by Mike Huckabee (B & H Publishing)
  • The Missional House Church by J. D. Payne (Paternoster Publishing)
  • A Second Resurrection "Leading Your Congregation to New Life"  by Bill Easum (Abingdon)
  • Uncommon by Tony Dungy (Tyndale House)
  • Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success  by Joe Gibbs (Tyndale House)

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