Useful Books for Congregational Development

There are many books available on the subject of Congregational Development or individual aspects of it. Some of the best are:

Callahan, Kennon L. Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Effective Church Leadership: Building on the Twelve Keys. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1990.

Twelve Keys to an Effective Church. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 1983.

Crandall, Ron. Turn-Around Strategies for the Small Church, edited by Herm Miller. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995.

Easum, William. The Church Growth Handbook. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1990.

Geoffrion, Timothy C. The Spirit-Led Leader: Nine Leadership Practices and Soul Principles. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2005.

Heifetz, Ronald A. Leadership Without Easy Answers. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1994.

Herrington, Jim, et al. Leading Congregational Change:  A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Howe, Fisher. The Board Member's Guide to Strategic Planning: A Practical Approach to Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1997.

Hunter III, George. How to Reach Secular People. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1992.

______. Church for the Unchurched. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996.

Kotter, John. Leading Change. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 1996.

Olsen, Charles M. Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders. Herndon, VA:Alban Institute, 1995.

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

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

Smith, Donald P. How to Attract and Keep Active Church Members. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992.

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