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January 2012, Professional Ministries Team
Emotional Health
Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ. Bantam Books, 1995.

Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence (Knowing one’s emotions; Managing emotions; Motivating oneself; Recognizing emotions in others; and Handling relationships), and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.

Goleman, Daniel. Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships. Bantam Books, 2006.

Far more than we are consciously aware, our daily encounters with parents, spouses, bosses, and even strangers shape our brains and affect cells throughout our bodies—down to the level of our genes—for good or ill. In Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman explores an emerging new science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most fundamental discovery: we are designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a “neural ballet” that connects us brain to brain with those around us.

Richardson, Ronald W. Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership and Congregational Life by Augsburg Fortress, 1996.

Ronald W. Richardson helps us to understand how congregations function emotionally. Without being simplistic, he gives clear directions on how to improve their quality of life together and function more effectively in achieving mission goals. This book offers: A theory about human behavior that will aid understanding of how things can get out of control in the human community of the church; A practical set of leadership ideas and behaviors; Guidelines for how to behave in the midst of upsetting and conflictual circumstances; Personal steps that leaders in the church can take to become more positive forces for healing and cooperation.

Stein, Steven J. Ph.D. & Book, Howard E., M.D. The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success. Toronto, Canada: Multi-Health Systems, 2000.

A practical step by step approach to increasing your emotional intelligence.

Financial Health
Cross, Marie. The Price of Faith: Exploring Our Choices about Money and Wealth. Louisville, KY: Geneva Press, 2002.

How we deal with money says as much about Human Development as proper nutrition and rest. Marie Cross attempts to broaden our understanding of "stewardship," to challenge the choices we make about money and wealth, and (in the process) to help us grow together in faith. The book offer the biblical and theological foundations for the ten discussion sessions that are outlined as lesson plans, each with its own clearly defined purpose. This book makes a good resource for an adult study or a church board that wants to take stewardship, discipleship, and mission seriously. It is also a good resource to speak to clergy about personal faithful stewardship.

Hotchkiss, Dan. Ministry and Money: A Guide for Clergy and Their Friends. Alban Institute, 2002.
Frank, straightforward guidance for clergy seeking to develop a sound theology of money and skills for church administration, Ministry and Money also puts forth a new strategy for self-care, and a confident approach to managing both personal and congregational finances. Alban Senior Consultant and author Dan Hotchkiss wants to help clergy overcome their own anxieties about money matters so they can help others address the personal, social, and congregational aspects of this challenging and often difficult topic.
Total Health
Cranston, Pamela Lee. Clergy Wellness and Mutual Ministry: A Resource for Clergy and Congregations. Oakland: O'Brien and Whitaker Publishers, Diocese of California, 4th edition, 2000.

Healthy clergy make for healthy parishes. Unfortunately, unhealthy work patterns practiced by clergy in congregations have resulted in burnout, if not actual physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological break-downs. Cranston helps the reader look at the importance of maintaining healthy habits in life as well as work.

Jones, Kirk. Rest in the Storm. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2001.

In this comfortable and engaging book, Jones gives several practical suggestions for handling stress and creating a healthier personal environment.

Jones, Kirk. Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2005.

A practical guide to forming a healthy pace for ministry.

Melander, Rochelle, and Harold Eppley. The Spiritual Leader’s Guide to Self-Care. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, Inc., 2002.

Melander and Eppley define "self-care" as "living the life God has intended for you." In so doing they have created a practical self-care guide for congregational leaders. Six key themes are addressed: creating a life vision, caring for yourself at work, nurturing relationships, caring for physical and material needs (such as the needs for a healthy diet, adequate exercise, and sound finances), caring for spiritual and intellectual needs, and sustaining a life vision. There are suggestions for reflecting, connecting with a partner, and connecting with God.

Palmer, Parker. A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2004.

Affirming his faith in the reality and integrity of the human soul, Parker Palmer has written a book that calls upon us to live in ways that honor the soul within ourselves and others. He distinguishes the voice of the soul from the voice of the intellect, emotions, will, or ego. He then describes settings and communities in which the soul's voice can be heard. One setting is the "circle of trust," a small group that allows people to reflect upon what matters most to them—without being advised, judged, or manipulated. From such circles, people are enabled to live "undivided lives" that foster healing in the larger world.

Shawchuck, Norman and Heuser, Roger. Leading the Congregation: Caring for Yourself while Serving the People.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1993.
Providing a survey course on the roles, functions, and pitfalls of congregational leadership, Leading the Congregation could be subtitled "caring for oneself in order to midwife the growth and development of the congregation."

Sisk, Ronald D. The Competent Pastor: Skills and Self-Knowledge for Serving Well. Alban Institute, 2005

Competence, defined by author Ronald Sisk as “the ability to do what needs to be done,” requires ministers to understand themselves and others and to keep a realistic perspective on their lives. Competent pastors function by moving toward this kind of understanding and perspective.

Understanding Leadership
Augsburger, David. Dissident Discipleship:  A Spirituality of Self-Surrender, Love of God, and Love of Neighbor.

American Baptists talk about practicing radical discipleship—here Augsburger describes what that would look like as he describes eight practices of dissident disciples (such as concrete service and habitual humility,) practices which take discipleship seriously.

Butler Bass, Diana. Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.

Spiritual autobiography of the Senior Fellow at the Cathedral College at the Washington National Cathedral who was Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Project on Congregations of Intentional Practice from 2002- 2006, a Lilly Endowment funded study of mainline Protestant vitality. The book tells of a soul's search for God and communion with God's people

Chait, Robert; Ryan, William; and Taylor, Barbara E. Governance as Leadership, Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Board Source Publications, 2005.

The book outlines the three essential tasks of a nonprofit board, namely fiduciary, strategic, and generative and shows how to add more creativity into board tasks.

Carroll, Jackson. God’s Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations. Grand Rapids: William Eerdman’s Publishing, 2006, 296 pp.

A summary of some of the research findings from the Pulpit and Pew Project which looked at examples and sources of good pastoral leadership in the United States.

Ford, Kevin. Transforming Church. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2007.

Lifts up several principles of church health, and includes an excellent section on discovering the DNA of the congregation.

Gardner, Howard. Frames of mind: The theory of multiple intelligences, New York: Basic Books, 1993, 466 pp.

The second edition was published in Britain by Fontana Press. Explores the notion of multiple intelligences which include musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, and intrapersonal, in addition to the traditional linguistic and logical-mathematical. It is a resource for improving self-esteem especially for people who excel in the more “non-traditional” forms of intelligence.

Greenleaf, Robert. Servant Leadership, A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness. New York: Paulist Press, 1977.

A classic work based upon the assumption that the primary role of leaders is to serve others.

Heifitz, Ronald, Grashow, Alexander, & Linsky, Marty. The Practice of Adaptive Leadership. Boston: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Offers practical examples and diagnostic tools for working through adaptive change in your congregation.

Jones, Jeffrey D. Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple-forming Congregations. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2006.

A new, 21st century approach to discipleship and disciple making congregations.

Kinnaman, David and Lyons, Gabe. unChristian:  What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity…And Why It Matters.

Through extensive research with young people outside the Christian faith, Kinnaman and Lyons give us a long, hard look in the mirror, describing the six key ways that non-Christians share an impression of Christians that is nothing short of…unChristian, and how we reverse them in a Christlike manner.

Marcuson, Margaret. Leaders Who Last; Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry. New York: Seabury Books, 2009.

How to sustain long-term leadership. Contains a primer on family systems theory.

Martin, Roger. The Opposable Mind. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2007.

Suggests that the key to leadership is dealing with ambiguity and shows how to hold two “opposing thoughts” in one organization until synergy arises. Advocates for integrative thinking.

McNeal, Reggie. The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church. San Francisco: John Wiley and Sons, 2003.

This one really hits us between the eyes with how what questions we ask.  Specifically he deals with:  The Collapse of the Church Culture, The shift from Church Growth to Kingdom Growth, The New Reformation - Releasing God's People for Service, The Return to Spiritual Formation, The Shift from Planning to Preparation, and The Rise of Apostolic Leadership. 

Olsen, Charles and Morseth, Ellen. Selecting Church Leaders: A Practice in Spiritual Discipline. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2002.

A thoughtful discussion on using discipline of discernment rather than the nominating committee.

Olsen, Charles, Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders. Bethesda, MD: Alban, 1995.

A primer on church transformation that especially deals with board structure.

Roxburgh, Alan J. and Romanuk, Fred. The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.

A very good assessment of the need for a change in the way pastors serve as congregational leaders in the 21st century.

Snow, Luther K. The Power of Asset Mapping. The Alban Institute, 2004.

A tool (similar to Appreciative Inquiry) for helping the organization surface the full range of its assets and then combine those assets in creative ways that lead to a strategic plan for the future.

Southern, Richard and Norton, Robert. Cracking Your Congregation’s Code. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001.

Outlines a process for congregational renewal that involves identifying the core values of the congregation and establishing objectives based upon those values.

Understanding our World
Bass, Diana Butler. Christianity for the Rest of Us; How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith. San Francisco, CA: Harper, 2006.

Stories of congregational vitality and transformation.

Emerson, Michael and Smith, Christian. Divided By Faith, Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Presents research showing how Americans continue to perpetuate a racialized society, one in which race defines and separates how we live, and suggests some possible approaches toward a different society.

Friedman Thomas. The World is Flat 3.0, a brief history of the 21rst century.

The title says it all.

Killen, Patricia O'Connell, Silk, Mark, and Shibley, Mark. Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone by, 2004.

When asked their religious identification, more people answer "none" in the Pacific Northwest than in any other region of the United States. But this does not mean that the region's religious institutions are without power or that Northwesterners who attend no place of worship are without spiritual commitments. With no dominant denomination, Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants, Catholics, Jews, adherents of Pacific Rim religious traditions, indigenous groups, spiritual environmentalists, and secularists must vie or sometimes must cooperate with each other to address the regions' pressing economic, environmental, and social issues. One cannot understand this complex region without understanding the fluid religious commitments of its inhabitants. (Search this in Amazon for links to similar books for various sections of the US.)

Kondrath, William M. God’s Tapestry, Understanding and Celebrating Differences. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 2008.

A practical guide to understanding diversity and team building.

Lencioni, Patrick. Silos, Politics and Turf Wars. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.

The book recommends the development of an overarching “thematic goal” to overcome the silos that exist in every organization and provides samples of such goals. It is a very quick and easy read written in the form of a parable.

McLaren, Brian. Everything Must Change; Jesus, Global Crisis, and Revolution of Hope. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2007.

A challenging commentary on ministry in today’s context.

Rendle, Gil. The Multigenerational Congregation. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 2002.

A help resource for understanding generational life lessons and how those get lived out in congregational life and decision making in the local church.

Woolever, Cynthia and Bruce, Deborah. Field Guide to US Congregations. Louisville: Westminster-John Knox Press, 2010.

An excellent, readable summary of current demographic and descriptive congregational research on US congregations.

Counseling/Dealing with Crises
Paget, Naomi K. & McCormack, Janet R. The work of the Chaplain. Judson Press, 2006.

A resource for anyone wanting to know about the many areas of chaplaincy work, preparation necessary and places of employment.

Switzer, David K. Pastoral Care Emergencies. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2000.

Some thoughtful assistance in times of crisis.

Coffin, William Sloan. Credo. Westminster: John Knox Press, 2004.

A collection of "coffinisms" excerpted from his books, sermons and speeches and collected under different categories.

Coffin, William Sloan/ Letters to a Young Doubter, Westminster: John Knox Press, 2004.

A series of letters covering an academic year to an entering freshman about exploring and being grasped by the Christian faith. The epigram that gives rise to the exchanges in the letters is "love the questions and grow into the answers."

Graves, Mike. The Fully Alive Preacher: Recovering from Homiletical Burnout. Westminster John Knox Press, 2006.

While Graves’ book is about preaching, it has some excellent thoughts to offer about the importance of rhythm and balance in a pastor’s life, especially as it revolves around work and play, rest and renewal, and active spirituality.

McMickle, Marvin A. The Star Book on Preaching. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2006. This is a basic preaching 101 which includes chapters on Biblical basis for preaching, styles, sermon design, and some sermon outlines for special Sundays.
Taylor, Gardner and Lee, G. Avery: Perfecting the Pastor’s Art: Wisdom from Avery Lee and Gardner Taylor. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2005.

This resource contains a good selection of information for newer pastors including pastor counseling help, dealing with difficult people, preaching.

www.textweek.comLectionary resource for preaching.
Craig A. Satterlee, Craig A. Preaching and Stewardship: Proclaiming God’s Invitation to Grow. Alban, 2011.

Satterlee provides a “nuts and bolts” approach to preparing stewardship sermons, beginning each chapter with a question that might be asked by the congregation, such as, “Why should we give to the church?” Several chapters include biblical foundations of stewardship, helpful suggestions, anecdotal stories, and sermons from a variety of preachers.

Fullerton, Barbara and Vincent, Mark L Teaching a Christian View of Money (Revised and Expanded), 2011.

This updated version of Vincent’s, A Christian View of Money: Celebrating God’s Generosity makes use of, builds upon, and applies Fullerton’s groundbreaking research on the key initiatives found in generous congregations.

Jamieson, Janet, and Jamieson, Philip. Ministry and Money: A Practical Guide for Pastors 2009.

A must-have book, especially for those who are new to financial stewardship ministry. The first half of the book contains the development of attitudes towards money throughout church history, including an overview of biblical texts. The second half is a primer on “church accounting 101,” with a description of various types of church accounting, how to read and understand the reports and, most importantly, what to look for in each type of report.

Jeavons, Thomas H. and Burch Basinger, Rebekah Growing Giver’s Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry Josey Bass, 2000.

While geared toward professional non-profit fundraisers and development staff, this volume can provide additional insight for pastors interested in addressing long-term funding needs for the ministries of their congregations. The emphasis on God’s abundance, as well as understanding givers as donors, provides helpful insights for church leaders.

Smith, Christian, Emerson, Michael O and Snell, Patricia. Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money 2008.

This is an excellent resource, slanted towards an academic audience, and is strongly based on extensive sociological survey data and prior surveys of Christian philanthropy. Early chapters delve into the problem of North Americans’ “ungenerous” behavior while later chapters offer explanations. In short, it’s not that Americans don’t have money to share generously to relieve the world’s suffering, it’s that they spend it on personal luxuries, failing to perceive needs beyond their own. Complex feelings about giving are explored and the conclusion offers a stirring challenge for change.

Vallet, Ronald E. Congregations at the Crossroads: Remembering to be Households of God, 2006.

In this volume, ABC pastor and theologian, Ron Vallet, emphasizes God’s promises and commands as he explores the biblical basis for stewardship. This is the foundation for exploring the theme of whether the church can rise above the myriad distractions of modern culture in order to remember who it is, what it is called to do and, most importantly, whose it is.

Vallet, Ronald E. The Steward Living in Covenant: A New Perspective on Old Testament Stories, 2001.

ABC’s own Ron Vallet presents a highly readable, full theology of biblical stewardship based on the promise and command aspects of God’s covenant with the people of God, beginning with the creation accounts in Genesis and continuing through the books of the prophets. Several choral readings and dramas are included, written by Wanda Vassallo, that can be used in worship or other settings.

Willmer, Wesley K. editor Revolution in Generosity: Transforming Stewards to be Rich Toward God Moody Press 2008.

A collection of articles on the responsibility Christian organizations (and churches) have for growing generous stewards, with emphasis on the importance of stewardship as discipleship. The authors, from their various perspectives offer sound biblical theology related to possessions, generosity, and asking for resources, turning the secular funding practices of Christian organizations upside down. Contributors to this volume are expert practitioners on the subject of funding Christian organizations.

Wilson, Russell L. The Millionaire in the Pew: A Practical Guide to Funding Ministry and Mission. Cokesbury, 2011.

This volume provides both the “why” and the “how” of funding ministry in the midst of challenging economic times. The author asserts that many clergy have the skills and qualities of highly successful professional fundraisers, and suggests that they develop and use those to make major gift solicitations for ministry and mission.

Stewardship Websites – ABCUSA stewardship page – stewardship resources – Many free tools and resources helpful for steward leaders and pastors. – Pastor Brian Kluth’s website, offering many free resources and ideas. Although applicable to churches of all sizes, it is generally geared to larger congregations. – site for ABCUSA partner, Ecumenical Stewardship Center. Information on resources, topical forums and annual conferences.

Cavanagh, Michael E. Before the Wedding: Look Before You Leap. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1994.

Guide for assisting couples in marriage preparation beyond the wedding.

Velander, Peter L., Premarriage Awareness Inventory – available through

The counseling packet includes three surveys:

F for couples marrying the first time

C for couples living together presently

R for couples remarrying

Includes an Administrator’s Portfolio and forms for tabulating inventories

Prepare Enrich: This program can be found on It is a good inventory based program for premarital counseling. It is comprehensive and the company scores the material. It requires that you attend an all day workshop for certification.
Tibbetts, Orlando L. The Minister’s Handbook. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1986.

Even though this book was written 20 years ago, it has good basic information on a variety of aspects of formal ministry, e.g., special occasion worship such as anniversaries, baptisms, and special occasion prayers.

Biddle, Perry H. Abingdon Funeral Manual. Nashville: Abingdon, 1990 (revised)

This is a primer for funeral preparation. It is also suitable to carry to grave side services.

Blair, Robert. The Minister’s Funeral Handbook. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1990.

This is the basic manual planning and preparing a funeral and/or grave side service, which includes the dos and don’ts. It has sample eulogies and some poetry samples.

Markham, Ian and Legood, Giles. Christian Hope, Christian Practice: A Funeral Guide.

Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2004.

A guide to writing funerals.

Sourcebook for Funerals, Volumes 1,2,3 available through

These are very helpful resources for all different kinds of funerals. They come with CD’s for cutting and pasting.

Nicolson, Roger. Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 1998.

While written for congregations, it is important for a pastor to understand the developmental tasks the churches need to go through when there is a change in leadership.

Hoge, Dean & Wenger, Jacqueline. Pastors in Transition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

An analysis of why some pastors leave parish ministry.

Clergy Transitions Websites Interim Ministry Network Center for Congregational Health
Clergy Skills Websites – multiple resources for local church ministry excellence including books and training events. - an excellent website that provides a variety of resources in multiple formats including on line tutorials, books, formatted workshops – many free resources – this resource is a joint project of the Alban Institute and the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – daily commentaries regarding topical ethical issues – provides resources for compensation advocacy, installations and other celebrations, minister/church agreements etc. – provides information on retirement plans, investments, disability plans etc.
Prayers and Practices
Becknell, Thomas, and Mary Ellen Ashcroft. The Pursuit of Wisdom: 125 Prayers from Timeless Voices. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2002.

This rich collection of prayers from around the world and from times ancient and modern are clear, heartfelt, and insightful, and they are compiled here to help you move one step closer in your own pursuit of wisdom.

Cabarrús, Carlos, S.J. Orar tu propio sueño. Collegeville, MN, 2006.
Carlos Cabarrús, S.J., doctor e investigador en Antropología cultural y fundador del Instituto Centroamericano de Espiritualidad en Guatemala—el cual dirige—desentraña los sueños en sí mismos para ver la posibilidad de la comunicación con Dios a través de lo onírico. En un momento más metodológico, proporciona pistas para traducir los sueños y para ayudar a orarlos. (This book unlocks dreams in themselves to search for the possibility of communication with God through dreams. It is methodological, as it provides hints to translate dreams and be able to pray them. Este título disponible solamente en Español./This book is written in Spanish only.

Chittister, Joan. God’s Tender Mercy: Reflections on Forgiveness, Twenty-Third Publications, New London, CT, 2010.

In this small book, Chittister is able to show the reader the clear connection between God’s mercy and our ability to forgive. Excellent resource for small group reading, Bible study, sermon preparation.

Cook, Suzan D. Johnson. Sister to Sister, Volume 1: Devotions for and from African American Women. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1995.

This book of meditations is a source of strength, renewal, healing, and celebration as readers share the contributors' stories of parenting, marriage, the death of a family member, and relationships in general.

Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline, The Path to Spiritual Growth: 25th Anniversary Edition. San Francisco: Harper, 1998.

Foster presents the twelve classical spiritual disciplines: inward (meditation, prayer, fasting, study); outward (simplicity, solitude, submission, service); corporate (confession, worship, guidance, celebration).

Foster, Richard J. and Emilie Griffin. Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines. San Francisco: Harper, 2000.

Foster and Griffin exemplify the twelve classic spiritual disciplines through the works of fifty-two great devotional writers of the past.

Goldsmith, Malcolm. Knowing Me Knowing God: Exploring Your Spirituality with Myers-Briggs. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997.

Goldsmith presents a Spirituality Questionnaire to facilitate understanding of one’s own temperament according to the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator. On the basis of that awareness, the book presents material to deepen prayer life and relationship with God.

Hollies, Linda H., Editor. Sister to Sister, Volume 2: Devotions for and from African American Women. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1999.

In this second volume words and prayers of sisters from across the country provide a prescription to redeem, release, and satisfy the soul.

Jones, Tony. The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.

Jones, Coordinator of Emergent-US, presents sixteen spiritual disciplines that have flourished throughout the ages and offers practical tips for implementing them in your daily life for a deepening of faith.

Liturgia de las Horas: Edicion Popular. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006. Tamaño ideal para un manejo cómodo. Contiene laudes y vísperas e incluye las antífonas para los domingos de cuaresma y las antífonas del Invitatorio para los tiempos fuertes. (Ideal travel size Liturgy of the Hours. It contains lauds and vespers and it includes the antiphons for the Sundays of Lent and the antiphons for the high holy days.) Este título disponible solamente en Español./This book is written in Spanish only.

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Loder, Ted. Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle, 20th Anniversary Edition. Minneapolis: Augsburg Books, 2004.

Simple, eloquent, direct prayers by a former, long-term pastor of a thriving, ethnically-mixed metropolitan congregation of over one thousand members. The prayers in this book help readers to shape prayers in their own honest words.

Michael, Chester P., and Marie C. Norrisey. Prayer and Temperament: Different Prayer Forms for Different Personality Types. Charlottesville, VA: The Open Door, Inc., 1991.

This volume presents the results of research on the relationship between the various Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and forms of prayer, as a means to improve one’s prayer life. The three major divisions include: an introduction to both Myers-Briggs and the Michael-Norrisey prayer research; a presentation of four basic prayer types focusing on what personality type it appeals to and practical examples of such prayer; and appendices that provide more information on the sixteen Myers-Briggs Personality Types.

Nouwen, Henri. Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith. San Francisco: Harper, 1996.

A devotional book of brief daily meditations by a priest whose wisdom was shaped by profound knowledge of Scripture and hands-on caring for God’s people.

Peace, Richard. Contemplative Bible Reading: Experiencing God through Scripture. Colorado Springs: Navpress Publishing Group, 1999.

A small book lectio divina guide for individual and small group study, with discussion of each text and reflection questions. The author is Robert Boyd Munger Chair as Professor of Evangelism and Church Renewal at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Peace, Richard. Holy Conversation: Talking About God in Everyday Life. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Connect, 2006.

A twelve-session study guide for talking about one’s faith with colleagues as a natural, normative practice.

Tickle, Phyllis. The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Winter.

The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime. The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime. New York: Doubleday, 2006.

Series of fixed-hour prayer manuals edited by Tickle. All released in paperback in 2006. The series follows a modern calendar rather than a liturgical one, and offers prayers and Scripture readings for morning, noon and evening.

Ware, Corrine. Saint Benedict on the Freeway: A Rule of Life for the 21st Century. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001.

Ware describes how Rule of Benedict functioned as spiritual practice in sixth century and later monasticism, and applies it to contemporary life. The book seeks to present the practices as liberation for a deepened relationship with God rather than as burden.

Weems, Renita. Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey Through Silence and Doubt. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999.

This book addresses the very real doubts and call questions that every pastor goes through at some point in their ministry.

Wuellner, Flora Slosson. Feed My Shepherds: Spiritual Healing and Renewal for Those in Christian Leadership. Nashville: Upper Room Books. 1998.

Flora Wuellner offers healing for wounded clergy and other congregational leader by examining the post-Resurrection appearances of Christ to the first generation of wounded leaders. In her examination of those wounded followers (Mary, Peter, and others), she examines the healing that occurred in those biblical encounters. She relates that first century woundedness to contemporary issues and offers guided imagery meditations for healing.

Reflections on Spirituality
Chittister, Joan. Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1998.

Chittister asks all Christians to embrace feminist spirituality: that “brings with it a new image of God to liberate both women and men from the God of the medieval courts and ancient battlefields, the rules and the stopwatch, the transcendently distant and the powerfully masculine. The feminist image of God derives from the face of God who lives in the icon, Jesus… This dimension of God is humble and feeling, nonviolent and empowering. Jesus, the feminist image of God, cures and loves, is vulnerable and receptive, laughs and dances at wedding feasts, cries tears and feels pain.”

George, Timothy, Editor, and Alister E. McGrath. For All the Saints: Evangelical Theology and Christian Spirituality. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.

Essays from leading evangelical theologians and writers address the integration of evangelical theology and spirituality. Writings reflect on coinherence of theology and spirituality, as well as biblical and classical sources for spiritual formation.

Hernandez, Wil. Henri Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2006.

Hernandez serves as the Director of Community Formation at Evergreen Baptist Church, an American Baptist Church in Los Angeles. In addition, he teaches a course on the spirituality of Henri Nouwen at Fuller Theological Seminary. His book speaks to pastoral leaders on our own formation by showing how Nouwen’s pursuit of the spiritual life and its formation was driven by his own experience of imperfection
Hinson, E. Glenn. Spiritual Preparation for Christian Leadership. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 1999.

Hinson addresses the problem of leadership burnout, a spiritual exhaustion caused by a stressful vocation and high expectations imposed on as well as by pastoral leaders. He recommends attentiveness to God, developing a relationship with God, and learning to know God, not just about God.

Key, William J., and Robert Johnson-Smith, II. From One Brother to Another: Voices of African American Men. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1996.

This collection of voices from many fields—politics, religion, business, and law—reflects struggles, triumphs, hopes, and dreams of African American men of all ages and socioeconomic levels as they consider issues that affect them each day.

Law, Eric. The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb: A Spirituality for Leadership in a Multicultural Community. St Louis: Chalice Press.

Assistance in working within the context of Multicultural faith communities.

McLaren, Brian. A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001.

Brian McLaren, one of TIME magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America," presents through a fictional dialogue between a burnt-out pastor and a high school science teacher (who is a former pastor) the concept of our age standing at the brink of postmodernity. McLaren describes this process as a journey of Holy Spirit-guided faith "through the winds and currents of change."

McLaren, Brian. The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything. Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2006.

The Kingdom of God is not just some spiritual place beyond time but here and now among us. McLaren’s call is to live not by the values of the world’s kingdoms but by the values of God’s Kingdom in which Jesus instructed and to which he invites. "What if Jesus' secret message reveals a secret plan? What if he didn't come to start a new religion - but rather came to start a political, social, religious, artistic, economic, intellectual, and spiritual revolution that would give birth to a new world?" (p. 4)

Packer, J.I. and Carolyn Nystrom. Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006.

As J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom explain, this book "is a heart-to-heart affair, in which two Christians who try to pray and wish they prayed better share thoughts about what they are doing with people whom they envisage as being like themselves. . . . Our aim is not just to clarify Christian understanding but to foster Christian living. In real praying, head, heart and hands go together."

Palmer, Parker J. A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.

Parker addresses the yearning for a life that is whole and undivided, the midst of a world fraught with fragmentation. His focus on life as a journey that we take both in solitude and in the company of other persons toward the goal of being no longer divided is developed through four themes: the shape of an integral life, the meaning of community, teaching and learning for transformation, and nonviolent social change.

Piper, John. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. Portland: Multnomah, 2003.

This book on Christian motivation begins: "This is a serious book about being happy in God,” and makes the case that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in God. Revised and Expanded edition of the 1986 original.

Piper, John. Taste and See: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life. Portland: Multnomah, 2005.

A revision and updating of an earlier book, this one presents 120 substantial daily meditations that include in-depth reflections on current controversial topics.

Placher, William C. Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005.

An anthology of biblical texts and great Christian writings on life’s purpose and vocation, to companion reflections on what God is calling us to do.

Rohr, Richard. "Discovering The Enneagram: An Ancient Tool for a New Spiritual Journey" 1992.

A classic work on the Enneagram.

Rolheiser, Ronald. The Holy Longing: Guidelines for a Christian Spirituality. New York: Doubleday, 2006.

"Long before we do anything explicitly religious at all, we have to do something about the fire that burns within us," writes Ronald Rolheiser. "What we do with that fire, how we channel it, is our spirituality." At the heart of a healthy Christian spiritual life, he says, there must be four essentials: "private prayer and private morality; social justice; mellowness of heart and spirit; and community as a constitutive element of true worship."

Schwehn, Mark R., and Dorothy C. Bass. Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do And Who We Should Be. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2006. An anthology of writings that address the relationships of vocation, identity, family, balance, worth, the book speaks to the longing to shape a well-lived life.

Tarango, Yolanda. Asi Es: Stories of Hispanic Spirituality. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1994. These stories of fifteen different individuals present a glimpse of spirituality from various Latin cultures such as Mexican-Americans, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Guatemalan, and Salvadorian traditions who live in the United States.

Willard, Dallas. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. San Francisco: Harper, 1998.

“The book I have been searching for all my life," says Richard Foster. Willard, University of Southern California Professor of Philosophy explores God's conspiracy to undermine evil with good through the discipleship of God’s people and urges us to the imitation of Christ rather than “consumer Christianity that mistakes the logo for the Logos.”

Wright, Jeremiah, Jr. From One Brother to Another, Volume 2: Voices of African American Men. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2003.

This follow-up volume to the best-selling From One Brother to Another reflects the thoughts, hopes, and dreams of African American men from a variety of fields including politics, religion, business, law, and many others. Renowned pastor and preacher Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. has gathered reflections on such themes as unity, peace, justice, faith, liberation, family, responsibility, perseverance, hope, and diversity.

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