Summer Reading List

Summer is a great time to refresh, grow, and regroup. I’m not sure how you feel about it, but I’ve had to re-program my brain when it comes to learning. For one, I struggled with wanting to read. As John Maxwell so famously said, “Leaders are readers.” I wanted to change my lack of desire to read so I started forming book clubs. The accountability to read has helped me read way more than what I would do on my own.

The second thing I had to adjust is the feeling of not being productive when I would read. I felt like I had to read during non office hours. I don’t know if that’s something you struggle with or not. For me, I didn’t want people to think I didn’t work hard. There is a perception by some that pastors only work on Sundays. I’ve had to adjust my thinking to accept that reading books that help me lead the church better is a part of my job. When the leader gets better everyone gets better.

With that being said I present my summer reading list. These are the books that I’m tackling this summer. They are not necessarily the best books around. Well, I haven’t read them yet so I don’t know if they are the best yet or not. My point is these are books that are full of potential. If you are looking to grow here is a potential list. They are in no particular order.


  1. Hero Maker by Ferguson and Bird. This is a book that has come HIGHLY recommended by multiple pastors. I’m taking my staff through this book now. So far so great!!!
  2. City Serve by Dave Donaldson and Wendell Vinson. This is a book written by 40 leading experts in the community-based and global compassion. If you want to be a leader in your community this is a book to check out.
  3. UnOffendable by Brant Hansen. I discovered this book after finding a quote from the author online. The quote is, “If you’re constantly being hurt, offended, angered, you should honestly evaluate your inflamed ego.” Ouch! Can’t wait to dig in to this one!!!
  4. The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni. If you have staff or are trying to build volunteer teams I’ve heard this is a must read book. I am excited to finish this one!!!
  5. The Imperfect Pastor by Zack Eswine. This book has been highly recommended to me by multiple pastors! The subtitle is, “Discovering joy in our limitations through a daily apprenticeship with Jesus.” Can’t wait!!!
  6. Ministering to Problem People in Your Church by Marshall Shelley. What do you do with problem people in your church? Every church has them. I started this book a couple of weeks ago and so far it’s been amazing!
  7. Confronting Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin. This book wrestles with 12 hard questions for the World’s Largest Religion. I’m using this for some sermon prep for the fall.
  8. You Misspelled Christian by Rob Shepherd. Shameless plug here. I wrote a book that came out last October. I’d be honored if you read it.

What other books would you add to the list? I love learning from you.

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