Stay Focused with a Yearly Reread of Books on Leadership

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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