Recommended Readings

 

There are many books on leadership and Christian leadership, and sometimes it can be difficult to know what to read! Our neoLeader team has put together a list of books that we recommend reading to grow as a leader in your ministry, work or study and why you should read it. Happy reading!

 

LEADERSHIP

The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg
A life changing book on modern spiritual disciplines that are so countercultural to how we often think change happens. A must have for healthy and Godly leaders!

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time by Jim Loehr
This book is an awesome read, especially as we are in an age where we struggle to fully engage with people or projects because of smartphone distraction.

Principles of Excellence for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders
Starting by discussion the “honourable ambition” that is being a Godly leader, and finishing with the “perils of leadership”, Sanders reveals what is obvious, unique and crucial about Jesus’ leadership: at its heart it is costly and sacrificial. Filled with Biblical examples, personal reflection after each chapter and invaluable insight.

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
Patrick combines real world stories with practical anecdotes and advice on how to become a healthy team that will improve and achieve their potential. A great read for leaders, regardless of where you lead!

 

CULTURE

Disappearing Church: From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience by Mark Sayers (MARCH BOOK OF THE MONTH)
A brilliant read to understand recent cultural shifts and new ways forward for the Church to represent Christ in our post-Christendom context.

 

 

 

CHARACTER

The Road to Character by David Brooks
An impassioned plea to grow deeper and seek solid formation in character in order  to make a difference in this world.

Grounded by Banning Liebscher
Banning unpacks the life of David to demonstrate how God is working on you the hidden places, to trust that He is in the process and to ultimately conclude that we must be grounded in Jesus in order to make a meaningful impact.

 

CHRISTIAN LIFE

Jesus: An Adventure in Justice, Mercy & Faithfulness in a Broken World by Craig Greenfield
Craig writes about leading his family on a very humble journey as they learn to recognise Jesus for who he is (not who we often perceive him to be), and seek to serve him and his people in corners of the world where Jesus’ justice, love and mercy are desperately needed.

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson 
You don’t have to look further than email, social media, online shopping and fast food restaurants to know that we live in a world that is obsessed with the instant. Eugene discusses the journey of discipleship and encourages us to live a life of obedience to God. This book was originally published in 1980 and is still, if not more so relevant today!