Here is a list of helpful external resources I have used over the years of ministry and still use today as I do coaching, consulting and training. They include books, courses, tools and helpful links that will help equip and support you in ministry. I have gathered them in sections so use the links below to guide you to specific areas of ministry.

Church Health

 

NCLS

National Church Life Survey, can be done at any time if you didn't do one in 2016 or want to update it. Also specific profiles for your community can be ordered

https://www.ncls.org.au/

Church Planting

 

Exponential

Focused on Disciple Making and Church Planting

Resources (many free) including blog, e books, podcasts, videos, courses,  webinars, Digital Access pass for conferences

https://exponential.org/

Geneva Push

Local Church & Church Planting Resources (video)

https://genevapush.com/resources/

Disciple Making

 

The Bonhoeffer Project

Blog and free e books 

https://thebonhoefferproject.com/

Disciple Shift 

Jim & Bobby Harrington 

DiscipleShift walks readers through five key “shifts” that churches must make to refocus on the biblical mission of discipleship

 

Discipleship.org Disciple making resources (many free) including blog, e books, podcasts, videos, courses,  webinars

https://discipleship.org/

Exponential Focused on Disciple Making and Church Planting

Resources (many free) including blog, e books, podcasts, videos, courses,  webinars, Digital Access pass for conferences

https://exponential.org/

Movements

Steve Addison Multiplying disciples and churches with free blog, podcast, videos and training

https://www.movements.net/

Power to Change (previously Campus Crusade for Christ)

https://www.powertochange.org.au/

Shift m2M

Course studying Jesus developing a Disciple Making Movement

https://www.movementbuilders.com.au/introducing-shiftm2m/

Verge Network

Masterclasses plus Free Discipleship Library, blog

https://www.vergenetwork.org/

Leadership

 

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork.

Maxwell, John C. Thomas Nelson Publishing;  2013

Ultimately, success--whether in business, family, church, athletic teams, or any other organization--is entirely dependent on teamwork. But how does one build that team? Maxwell shares the vital principles of team building that are necessary for success in any type of organisation. Building a successful team has plagued leaders since the beginning of time. The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork will empower you with the “how-tos“ and attitudes for building a successful team.

 

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

Maxwell, John C. Thomas Nelson Publishing;  1998

John Maxwell distills more than thirty years of leadership experience into a handful of life-changing principles just for you.  He has combined insights learned from his leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military 

 

Building Below the Waterline.

MacDonald, Gordon. Hendrickson Pub;  2013

Beginning with the inner life of a leader, the author addresses issues of character, attitudes, and spiritual practices. The second half of the book deals with the outer life of a leader: presenting Christ and modelling Christ to those we lead. We must constantly maintain the integrity of our foundations to enjoy a lasting, fulfilling life and ministry.

 

Built to Last

Collins, Jim. Harper Collins, 1994

 

Deep Change 

Quinn Robert E.Jossey- Bass; 1996

For change to take place in any organisation it needs to start within you

Developing the Leader Within You.

Maxwell, John C. Thomas Nelson Publishing;  2012

You will discover the biblical foundation for leadership that John Maxwell has used as a pastor and business leader for more than forty years. You will learn:

The True Definition of Leader. Leadership is influence. The Traits of Leadership. The Difference Between Management and Leadership. God has called every believer to influence others, to be salt and light. Developing the Leader Within You will equip you to improve your leadership and inspire others.

 

Developing the Leaders Around You.

Maxwell, John C. Thomas Nelson Publishing;  1995

John Maxwell examines the differences between leadership styles, outlines principles for inspiring, motivating, and influencing others. These principles can be used in any organisation to foster integrity and self discipline and bring a positive change.

Developing the Leader Within You also allows readers to examine how to be effective in the highest calling of leadership by understanding the five characteristics that set "leader managers" apart from "run-of-the-mill managers".

He shows readers how to develop the vision, value, influence, and motivation required of successful leaders.

 

Good to Great.

Collins, Jim. Harper Collins, 2005

The enemy of great is good, written in the context of business this book defines 5 principles that make the difference between being just good to becoming great, not for ourselves but for God.

Good to Great and the Social Sectors.

Collins, Jim. Harper Collins, 2001

Here the research techniques from Good to Great are applied across 100 different social sector leaders

Integrity.

Cloud, Henry. Harper Collins, 1994

In Integrity, Dr. Cloud explores the six qualities of character that define integrity, and how people with integrity:

  • Are able to connect with others and build trust

  • Are oriented toward reality

  • Finish well

  • Embrace the negative

  • Are oriented toward increase

  • Have an understanding of the transcendent

Integrity is not something that you either have or don't, but instead is an exciting growth path that all of us can engage in and enjoy.

 

Leadership

Guiliani, Rudolph W. Miramax, 2005

A fascinating story  of leadership in a turnaround context.

 

The Leadership Challenge 

Kouzes, James M & Posner, Barry Z.  Jossey-Bass, 4th Edition 2008

It is the gold standard for research-based leadership, and the premier resource on becoming a leader using the latest research and case studies that offers inspiring stories of real people achieving extraordinary results. The authors' central theme is relevant today more than ever: "Leadership is Everyone's Business." Their five practices'of exemplary leadership harness what it takes to build culture in your organisation. 

The Leadership Challenge...Christian Reflections on

Kouzes, James M & Posner, Barry Z. Jossey-Bass, 2006

A faith-based companion to the best-selling -The Leadership Challenge.  Grounded in time-tested research, Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge describes their Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership ® and offers practical guidance and inspiring examples about how Christian leaders can have a powerful impact in their workplaces, communities, and congregations by bringing their faith into their leadership.'In addition, the book brings together five leaders who reflect on the Five Practices from a Christian perspective.  John C. Maxwell, David McAllister-Wilson, Patrick Lencioni, Nancy Ortberg, and Ken Blanchard share insights and stories culled from personal experience and the lives of other Christian leaders. Their thoughtful reflections on the role of faith in leadership will propel leaders and aspiring leaders

 

Leading Change

Kotter, John P.  Harvard Business School, 1996

John Kotter’s  eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organisations. By outlining the process every organisation must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders charged with making change initiatives work.

 

Managing Transitions

Bridges, William. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2017

Successful organisational change takes place when people have a clear purpose, a plan for, and a part to play in their changing surroundings

 

Spiritual Leadership

Sanders, J Oswald. Moody Publishers; 2007

The need for talented, vigorous leaders in the church today cannot be overemphasised. Such times demand the active service of men and women who are guided by God and devoted to Jesus Christ. Even natural leadership qualities are God-given, and their true effectiveness can only be reached when they are used to the glory of God. Featured topics include:

  • The cost of leadership

  • The responsibilities of leadership

  • Tests of leadership

  • The qualities and criteria of leadership

  • The art of reproducing leaders

  • The one indispensable requirement of leadership

 

The Truth about Leadership.

Kouzes, James M & Posner, Barry Z. Jossey-Bass, 2010

 

Ministry Mobilisation

 
 

Network- The Right People in the Right Places for the Right Reasons -

WIllow Creek Association Resource

Network, a course for discovering spiritual gifts and empowering people for ministry. This material, helps churches appropriately guide people to the place of ministry that best reflects who they are. Churches will see increased participation, greater effectiveness, more enthusiasm, and less burn-out in their congregation. Participants will be assessed on their personal style, spiritual passion, and gifts. The six Network sessions can be presented successfully in three flexible formats: three sessions of two hours each; six sessions of 1 hour each; or one- two- or three-day retreats.

I recommend Network as I goes beyond teaching to implementing a system of ministry mobilisation in your church

S.H.A.P.E.

Saddleback Community Church Resource

https://www.koorong.com/search/product/s-h-a-p-e-small-group-study/0000791210.jhtml

 

3 Colours of Ministry

Natural Church Development

http://ncd-international.org/public/Books/3Colors-of-Ministry.html

Reaching Unchurched

 

Becoming a Contagious Christian

Mark Mittleberg, Lee Strobel & Bill Hybels

Six-session evangelism course for churches and groups of all sizes is designed to equip believers for effective evangelism by showing them how they can share the gospel in a natural and powerful way while being the person God made them to be

Christianity Explained

Michael Bennett

I had the privilege of being trained by Michael himself nearly 30 years ago and have used it to lead many to Jesus since.

Now available with supporting resources and training video on free download

Alpha

A great course over 15 sessions for introducing people to the basics of faith and the church while connecting them into fellowship and small groups. Spans over nine weeks if retreat option is used. Youth and Adult versions free online in 7 languages plus team training resources. Available to purchase as well.

Small Groups

 

Coaching Life-Changing Small Group Leaders: A Comprehensive Guide for Developing Leaders of Groups and Teams

Bill Donahue & Greg Bowman

Small groups thrive and lives are transformed when their leaders are supported through coaching

 

Leading Life-Changing Small Groups 

Bill Donahue 

Essential equipping guide for existing or potential small group Leaders - Highly Recommended

Spiritual Formation

 

Everyday with Jesus for New Christians 

Selwyn Hughes

An inspiring devotional for those who are new to the Christian faith. Includes a daily reflection by Selwyn Hughes, with prayers and Bible readings covering the essentials of Christian faith

 

Experiencing God

Henry T. Blackaby, Richard Blackaby & Claude King

Helping believers how to know Him intimately while encouraging them to step out in faith and join Him in His work--with miraculous results