Chris Brogan (chrisbrogan.com) recently threw out the idea of only reading 3 books in the course of a year. The idea is that when we try to read a lot of books, we treat them like a to do list and don’t actually get much out of them. Instead, he says, read fewer books, but spend more time with each to get the most out of them.
If you were to take this approach to reading on Church Organization this year, here are the three books I’d put in your hands:
1. Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
In this volume, Aubrey Malphurs not only explains the benefits of long term strategic planning, but goes in depth on how to do it. 384 pages of how to make a strategic plan for your church. This is a resource I use all the time.
2. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business
Ranked the #3 Business Book of 2012 by Amazon, The Advantage brings together much of Patrick Lencioni’s work into one volume. While his narratives are easier to read, The Advantage brings all the deliverables into one book as a plan for getting your organization healthy. It will help you assess the health of your church staff, leadership, and volunteers.
3. Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church
Nelson Searcy is an excellent systems thinker. It is worth your time to read all of his books, but this is the best introduction to church systems. In Fusion, you will learn how to create an Assimilation System in your church. The principles of building a system then will help you as you look at other areas within the church.
These three books will put you in position to be a more organized and effective church.
What 3 books would you recommend I read this year?