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Essential Reading for Leading


“When you find a leader, you find a reader. The reason for this is simple – there is no substitute for effective reading when it comes to developing and maintaining the intelligence necessary to lead.” – Albert Mohler.

Do you agree with this statement?

Either way, I think we all agree that learning is important. Learning is a spiritual discipline that every Christian should train themselves in “for the purpose of Godliness”.

Christians who call themselves leaders have an extended duty to seek the Lord’s counsel as they sheperd his flock. However, every Christian is a leader in one sense, so each of these books will be useful for the ordinary believer.

Now I think it’s appropriate to mention that not everyone’s a natural reader. That’s completely fine. I hope this doesn’t make you feel bad for not reading, but I encourage you to. There’s so much gold in these pages that God wants you to hear.

Yes, Scripture is our primary and final authority. No, you shouldn’t read if these books begin to steal your love of the bible. But yes, God still speaks today in ways such as biblical exposition of truth. These prolific authors have gone before us, they’ve thought & researched their topics for years, and I’m very thankful for the way God’s worked through them to benefit His church.

Open wide, delve inside!


1. The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler


  • What exactly are we on about in ministry?
  • Why and how do we make the gospel explicit?
  • What are some dangers in gospel ministry?

“If you read only one book this year, make it this one. It’s that important.” – Rick Warren.


2. Serving Without Sinking – John Hindley

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  • How do we not burn out in ministry?
  • What does God think of our service?
  • What is Jesus doing now?

“This fresh, warm, honest book did me good. There is something in it for every Christian man and woman at every stage of life.” – Christopher Ash.


3. What’s Best Next – Matt Perman


  • Why is the gospel linked to productivity?
  • How can we do efficient work that matters?
  • What are God’s plans behind your mundane tasks?

“A refreshing, lively, remarkably insightful, deeply God-centered approach to productivity. Everyone from any walk of life who reads this book will be helped and encouraged by it.” – Wayne Grudem.


4. The Conviction to Lead – Albert Mohler


  • What is the connection between conviction and leadership?
  • How can leaders face today’s unique challenges?
  • Why must leadership be radically changed?

“Mohler takes the massive amount of scholarship and popular-level writing on leadership, extracts what is most valuable, and then sets it all in the context of Scripture.” – Tim Challies.


5. The Trellis and the Vine – Colin Marshall & Tony Payne


  • What is the biblical model for ministry?
  • How can pastors, elders and other ministry leaders best serve the church?
  • What are some practical tips for training?

“This is the best book I’ve read on the nature of church ministry.” – Mark Dever.

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