Leadership Bibliography

[Note: Many books defy simple categorization. I have edited and posted this list of Alban resources to provide help in identifying resources. --Bob Young]

CHANGE/CONFLICT

  • Boers, Arthur Paul. Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Responses to Difficult Behavior.
  • Halstead, Kenneth A. From Stuck to Unstuck: Overcoming Congregational Impasse.
  • Lott, David B., ed. Conflict Management in Congregations.
  • Rendle, Gil. Behavioral Covenants in Congregations: A Handbook for Honoring Differences.
  • CHURCH

  • Barger, Rick. A New and Right Spirit: Creating an Authentic Church in a Consumer Culture.
  • Compton, Stephen C. Rekindling the Mainline: New Life through New Churches.
  • Galindo, Israel. The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Understanding Church Dynamics.
  • Klass, Alan C. In Search of the Unchurched: Why People Don't Join Your Congregation.
  • Mann, Alice. Can Our Church Live? Redeveloping Congregations in Decline.
  • Mann, Alice. The In-Between Church: Navigating Size Transitions in Congregations.
  • Mead, Loren B. Five Challenges for the Once and Future Church.
  • Mead, Loren B. More Than Numbers: The Ways Churches Grow.
  • Russell, Keith A. In Search of the Church: New Testament Images for Tomorrow's Congregations.
  • Sitze, Bob. Not Trying Too Hard: New Basics for Sustainable Congregations.
  • Standish, N. Graham. Becoming a Blessed Church: Forming a Church of Spiritual Purpose, Presence, and Power.
  • Waldkoenig, Gilson A. C., and William O. Avery. Cooperating Congregations: Portraits of Mission Strategies.
  • Woods, C. Jeff. Congregational Megatrends.
  • Woods, C. Jeff. We've Never Done It Like This Before: Ten Creative Approaches to the Same Old Church Tasks.
  • LEADERSHIP

  • Dudley, Carl S. Next Steps in Community Ministry: Hands-on Leadership.
  • Foster, Charles F. Embracing Diversity: Leadership in Multicultural Congregations.
  • Geoffrion, Timothy C. The Spirit-Led Leader: Nine Leadership Practices and Soul Principles.
  • Granade, Nelson. Lending Your Leadership: How Pastors Are Redefining Their Role in Community Life.
  • Hahn, Celia Allison. Growing in Authority, Relinquishing Control: A New Approach to Faithful Leadership.
  • Mead, Loren B. Financial Meltdown in the Mainline?
  • Moots, Paul. Becoming Barnabas: The Ministry of Encouragement.
  • Olsen, Charles M. Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders.
  • Olsen, Chuck, and Ellen Morseth. Selecting Church Leaders: A Practice in Spiritual Discernment.
  • Oswald, Roy M., and Otto Kroeger. Personality Type and Religious Leadership.
  • Rendle, Gilbert R. Leading Change in the Congregation: Spiritual and Organizational Tools for Leaders.
  • Rendel, Gilbert R. The Multigenerational Congregation: Meeting the Leadership Challenge.
  • MINISTRY

  • Baab, Lynne M. Personality Type in Congregations: How to Work with Others More Effectively.
  • Chandler, Russell. Feeding the Flock: Restaurants and Churches You'd Stand in Line For.
  • Farber-Robertson, Anita, with Meredith Brook Handspicker and David Whiman. Learning While Leading: Increasing Your Effectiveness in Ministry.
  • Farris, Laurence W. Dynamics of Small Town Ministry.
  • Hobgood, William Chris. The Once and Future Pastor: The Changing Role of Religious Leaders.
  • Hudson, Jill M. Congregational Trauma: Caring, Coping, and Learning.
  • Hudson, Jill M. Evaluating Ministry: Principles and Processes for Clergy and Congregations.
  • Ludwig, Glenn E. In it for the Long Haul: Building Effective Long-Term Pastorates.
  • Moe, Kenneth Alan. The Pastor's Survival Manual: Ten Perils in Parish Ministry and How to Handle Them.
  • Oswald, Roy M. Ending Well, Starting Strong: Your Personal Pastorate Start-Up Workshop.
  • Oswald, Roy M. New Beginnings: The Pastorate Start-Up Workbook.
  • Peluso-Verdend, Gary. Paying Attention: Focusing Your Congregation on What Matters.
  • Phillips, Roy D. Letting Go: Transforming Congregations for Ministry.
  • Robinson, Anthony B. What's Theology Got to Do with It?
  • Sellon, Mary K., and Daniel P. Smith. Practicing Right Relationship: Skills for Deepening Purpose, Finding Fulfillment, and Increasing Effectiveness in Your Congregation.
  • Sellon, Mary K., Daneil P. Smith, and Gail F. Grossman. Redeveloping the Congregation: A How-to for Lasting Change.
  • Sisk, Ronald D. The Competent Pastor: Skills and Self-Knowledge for Serving Well.
  • Stevens, R. Paul, and Phil Collins. The Equipping Pastor: A Systems Approach to Congregational Leadership.
  • de Waal Malefyt, Norma, and Howard Vanderwell. Designing Worship Together: Models and Strategies for Worship Planning.
  • SMALL GROUPS

  • Kirkpatrick, Thomas G. Small Groups in the Church: A Handbook for Creating Community.
  • Ronsvalle, John and Sylvia, with U. Milo Kaufmann. At Ease: Discussing Money and Values in Small Groups.
  • Ware, Corinne. Connecting to God: Nurturing Spirituality through Small Groups.
  • SPIRITUAL GROWTH

  • Vennard, Jane E. Be Still: Designing and Leading Contemplative Retreats.
  • Williamsen, Thomas P. Attending Parishioners' Spiritual Growth.
  • SYSTEMS IN CHURCHES

  • Parsons, George D., and Speed B. Leas. Congregational Systems Inventory (CSI).
  • Parsons, George D., and Speed B. Leas. Understanding Your Congregation as a System: The Manual.
  • Steinke, Peter L. Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach.
  • Steinke, Peter L. How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems.
  • Stevens, R. Paul, and Phil Collins. The Equipping Pastor: A Systems Approach to Congregational Leadership.

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