Resources & Links

Books and Resources for Church Planters and Others

* Recommended Resources


The Confident Leader: Getting a Good Start as a Christian Minister by Arlo Grenz

*Feeding & Leading: Practical Handbook on Administration in Churches and Christian Organizations by Kenneth Gangel

*Ministry Nuts and Bolts: What They Don’t Teach Pastors in Seminary by Aubrey Malphurs

Church Growth

*An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had in Mind by Erwin Raphael McManus

Church Models

The Emerging Church by Dan Kimball, Rick Warren, Brian McLaren

*The Emotionally Healthy Church by Peter Scazzero, Warren Bird

*The Perfectly Imperfect Church: Redefining the “Ideal” Church by Steve Sjogren

Shaped by God’s Heart: The Passion and Practice of Missional Churches by Milfred Minatrea

The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church by Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch


*Church Planting Wiki (This is the ECC resource site)

*Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer

Launch by Nelson Searcy

*Church Planting Landmines by Tom Nebel and Gary Rohrmayer, pub by Church Smart

*Church Planting Manual by Tim Keller  (Redeemer Church Planting Center)

First Steps: For Planting a Missional Church by Gary Rohrmayer

Planting Churches That Reproduce by Joel Comiskey

Planting and Growing Urban Churches From Dream to Reality by Harvie Conn

Big Dreams in Small Places: Church Planting in Smaller Communities  by Tom Nebel

Community of Kindness: A Relational Approach to Planting and Growing a Church  by Steve Sjogren and Rob Lewin

Churches That Multiply by Elmer Towns

Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age by Ed Stetzer

Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by New Church Starts  by Jim Griffith/Bill Easum

Acts 29 – Churches Planting Churches

*Church Smart Resources

Effective Church

Your Journey Resources

Life Way

Community Building

The Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter

Communication and Preaching

Communicating for A Change: 7 Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley

*The Art & Craft of Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson

*The Folly of Preaching by Michael Knowles

Countdown to Sunday by Chris Erdman

*Pastor’s Guide to Effective Preaching by Billy Graham, Eugene Peterson, and William Willimon

Pastor’s Guide to Growing a Christlike Church by William Willimon

Compassion, Mercy & Justice/ Evangelism

*Deep Justice in A Broken World by Chap Clark & Kara Powell

Restoring At-Risk Communities by John M. Perkins

Good News About Injustice by Gary Haugen

Just Courage by Gary Haugen

*Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor by Robert Lupton

Justice in the Burbs by Will & Lisa Samson

Lifestyle Evangelism by Joe Aldrich

*Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Turning to Jesus by Scot McKnight

Letters From a Skeptic by Greg Boyd


*MissionInsite (contact the conference office for an access code)

Percept Group

Discovering Your City by Bob Waymire

The Gallup Guide: Reality Check for 21st Century Churches by George Gallup

*The American Church in Crisis by David Olson

*The Hispanic Challenge: Opportunities Confronting the Church by Manuel Ortiz

Mapping Center for Evangelism & Church Growth

US Census Bureau

Favorite Preaching & Study Resources that should be in every Pastor’s Library:

*Holman Bible Dictionary

*Thompson Topical Bible

*Hard Sayings of the Bible by Kaiser, Daniels, Bruce & Branch

*Dictionary of Biblical Imagery by IVP

*New Dictionary of Theology edited by Sinclair Ferguson, David Wright and J.I. Packer

*Topical Analysis of the Bible edited by Walter A. Elwell

Covenant Book of Worship

ESV Study Bible

Finances and Fund Raising

Effective Church Finances: Fund Raising and Budgeting for Church Leaders by Kennon Callahan

*People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support by William Dillon

*Starting A Non-Profit at Your Church by Joy Skjegstad

Storytelling for Grantseekers: The Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fund-Raising by Cheryl Clark

*Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry by Joy Skjegstad

People Raising

Free Resources for preaching, etc.

*Go to and check out “Open – Free Resources for Churches”


*Simple Church by Thom Rainier and Eric Geiger

*Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement by Will Mancini   (Read this after Simple Church)

Leading with Confidence by Bob Biehl (through Masterplanning Group)

If you can only get one book on leadership, get this one.

Crucial Convesations by the Vital Smarts group: Kerry Patterson, Joseph

Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler – published by McGraw Hill

Incredible book on how to have those tough conversations.

Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels

*It and Confessions of a Pastor by Craig Groeschel

The Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley

Christ-Based Leadership by David Stark

Leading Without Power by Max De Pree

Seeker and Servant by Robert K. Greenleaf

*The Dark Side of Leadership by Sam Rima

Insights on Leadership essays by key leaders

*Servant Leadership  by Robert Greenleaf

The Bible & Leadership Values by J Robert Clinton

Having a Ministry That Lasts-Becoming a Bible Centered Leader by J Robert Clinton

*The Making of a Leader by J Robert Clinton

The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner  (newly revised)

Spiritual Leadership by Blackaby

TransforMissional Coaching by Steve Ogne & Tim Roehl

The Missional Leader by Alan J. Roxburgh

On Being a Servant of God by Warren Wiersbe

*Building Church Leaders


Church Source


Barnabas-Encouraging Exhorter: A Study in Mentoring by J Robert Clinton

*Connecting-The Mentoring Relationships You Need to Succeed in Life by J Robert Clinton

*The Mentor Handbook by J Robert Clinton

Strategic Disciple Making by Aubrey Malphur

Outreach and Community Impact

*Community of Kindness by Steve Sjogren

101 ideas for Servant Evangelism for plants

Also get his free “SERVE” e-zine at Servant Evangelism

*Get the Word Out by John Teter, IVP

The Externally Focused Church by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson

*Influencer: the power to change anything by the Vital Smarts group – published by McGraw Hill   This is an amazing book!

Changing the World Through Kindness by Steve Sjogren

Unchristian by Kinnamon & Lyons

Church Marketing


Pastoral Ministry

*Pastor by William Willimon

*The Pastor’s Bible by Zondervan

Pastoral Ministry in the 21st Century by Group Publishing

New Beginnings: A Pastorate Start Up Workbook by Roy Oswald

The Pastor’s Survival Manual by Kenneth Alan Moe

The Pastor’s Start-Up Manual by Robert Ramey, Jr.

Planning for your Launch or Big Sunday

Go Big by Bill Easum and Bil Cornelius

*First Impressions: Creating Wow Experiences in Your Church by Mark Waltz

*Launch by Nelson Searcy

Next Steps: For Leading a Missional Church by Gary Rohrmayer


Make Me Like Jesus by Michael Phillips

Praying With the Church by Scot McKnight

The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle

*When God’s People Pray by Jim Cymbala

*Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels

Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets

When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayer by Jerry Sittser

*With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala

Research and Information

Barna Group

Christianity Today

Church Staffing


Small Groups

*Activate by Nelson Searcy

Sticky Church by Larry Osbourne

Fusion by Nelson Searcy


*Staff Your Church For Growth: Building Team Ministry in the 21st Century by Gary McIntosh

*Doing Church as a Team by Wayne Cordeiro

*The Heart of the Artist by Rory Noland   (focused on arts ministry)

Leading the Team Based Church by George Cladis

Staff Your Church For Growth by Gary McIntosh

Society for Human Resource Management

Church Staffing

HR Village

The Big Book of Job Descriptions for Ministry by Larry Gilbert

The BLR Job Descriptions Encyclopedia by Judy Ruddy

Job Description Handbook by Margie Mader-Clark


The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

*360 Degree Stewardship by Kirk Nowery


*Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

*The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson

*Jesus and the Victory of God by N.T. Wright

*The Contemporary Christian by John Stott

Embracing Grace by Scot McKnight

A Community Called Atonement by Scot McKnight


*The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah

A Heart For The City by John Fuder

United by Faith by DeYoung, Emerson, Yancey, and Kim

The Hip-Hop Church by Efrem Smith & Phil Jackson

*High Impact African-American Churches by George Barna & Harry Jackson

Very good book for any church plant!

Multicultural Ministry by David Anderson

*Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark Deymaz

*Walk With the People: Latino ministry in the United States by Juan Francisco Martinez

City Reaching by Jack Dennison

Journey to the Center of the City by Randy White

Video Resources for Worship or Small Groups



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