Good Faith

Ambrose@Large Recommended Reading

What does it mean to engage in the public square with courage, wisdom, and grace?

 Mark Batterson in framing this book states, "Pastors are feeling the heat of our new cultural reality.  How should we engage?  How can we equip our congregations to respond?  These authors turn down the temp and offer leaders a box of cultural engagement tools to use and pass on tour churches.  Every pastor and leadership team should read Good Faith."

Preaching to a Post Everything World

Ambrose@Large Recommended Read

In Tim Keller’s words, “Zack Eswine moves the Christ-centered preaching movement forward with this volume.  He not only calls us to carefully contextualize our message to various cultures, sensibilities, and habits of heart, but he also give us a host of practical tools, inventories, and guidelines for doing so.  A great contribution.”

The Vine Project

Ambrose@Large Recommended Read

As a follow-up to The Trellis and The Vine, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne provide an essential resource for shaping a culture of discipleship in a local congregation.  A five step process of culture change and formation offers the potential for a "ministry mind shift that changes everything."

These days, as most churches struggle with what it means to truly "make disciples" this book can serve as a great resource for church boards, staff, and ministry leaders.

Leading Without Power

Ambrose@Large Recommended Read

Max De Pree's observations are often cited by many top CEOs, educators, and opinion makers. In Leading Without Power, De Pree finds that the most effective organizations operate not as controlled collections of human resources, but as dynamic communities of free people. And in order to mobilize these communities, leaders must know how to lead without power, because free people follow willingly or not at all.

Canoeing The Mountains

Ambrose@Large Recommended Read

Drawing from both the adventure of Lewis and Clark and his extensive experience as a pastor and church leader, Tod Bolsinger offers fascinating  wisdom for guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help us reimagine what effective leadership looks like in a rapidly changing world.

If we are going to make our way through the "uncharted mountains" of future ministry we will need to leave behind many of the "canoes" that have carried us to the present day.  Bolsinger elegantly uses the story of Lewis and Clark to make this very point.