Recommended Reading for Church Leaders
Three books for a new year
More Lessons From the Nonprofit Boardroom
Dan Busby and John Pearson (ECFA Press)
Good governance is crucial to every organization, including the Church, and a healthy board is crucial to good governance. In this book from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Dan Busby and John Pearson offer timely advice about how a board can govern with “effectiveness” and “excellence,” all the while addressing the “elephants” that complicate its work. The book includes a bonus resource, NonprofitScore, a free online tool to help your board assess its health across six elements (ECFA.org/score).
The Emotionally Intelligent Pastor
Jeannie Clarkson (Wesleyan Publishing House)
Jeannie Clarkson defines emotional intelligence as “the ability to (1) understand the ways people (including you) feel and react, and (2) use this knowledge to wisely avoid or smartly solve relational problems.” In The Emotionally Intelligent Pastor, she outlines the habits that will help you gain “insight” and “mastery” in both the “personal” and “relational” aspects of your life and ministry. The payoff? “Greater emotional intelligence leads to reduced stress and increased influence.” What pastor doesn’t want those things?
The Leader’s Greatest Return
John C. Maxwell (HarperCollins Leadership)
“There is nothing in this world that gives a greater [return on investment] to a leader than attracting, developing, and multiplying leaders,” writes John C. Maxwell. “It’s the key to success for any country, family, organization, or institution.” Though written with a broad readership in mind, The Leader’s Greatest Return holds obvious applications for Christian ministry. It outlines 10 steps you can begin taking today to invest in the people who will multiply the effectiveness of your ministry.
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2020 edition of Influence magazine.