Reading is my method of ongoing education and inspiration. In general I’ll focus on three different areas for development: spiritual growth, professional growth and knowledge. Fiction I read to relax. It also fosters creative thinking and news ways of looking at the world.
Part of my reading strategy includes re-reading. J. Oswald Saunders in his leadership classic Spiritual Leadership, tells his readers to read fewer books but to read a few key books frequently. Concentration on a few proven books offers an anchor to your faithfulness, leadership style and principles.
What books would you consider re-reading? A friend has chosen three books as his leadership trilogy for pasturing a church. Re-read at the beginning of each year they provide a ministry standard to serve as benchmarks for growth and stability each year. It’s like having proven mentors giving you advice and a check-up each year.
Here are my re-read books for ministry leadership in the new year.
- Spiritual Leadership, J Oswald Sanders; Moody Press. This book stands the test of time. A leadership book is printed every week but only a few endure. This is one of them. It was the first leadership book given to me to read and it is still the best.
- Waiting on God, Andrew Murray; Moody Press. Written in 1895, this one month daily study challenges my spiritual walk and brings focus to abiding in and waiting in Christ presence.
- On Being a Servant of God, Warren Weirsbe; Thomas Nelson. My final selection helps put perspective on God’s role and my role in ministry from a tested and proven faithful servant of God.
What is your favorite re-read? Please share it with the other readers of this blog. You can help form a good reading list for the coming year.