This section contains information about books and websites that might be useful to ministry leaders. It was compiled for Immanuel Lutheran but can be used for your leaders, too.



*Note - Pastor Schneider has many of these resources; the Church Library may, too. So check before you buy!

Are You Committed? - Jay McSwain, 2007.

An excellent book for leaders and pastors about ministry work and the cycle involved to really mobilize members for ministry.

Creative Leadership Series The Care And Feeding Of Volunteers - Douglas W. Johnson, 1978.

Gives lots of recruiting techniques.

The Church of Irresistible Influence: Bridge-Building Stories to Help Reach Your Community - Robert Lewis and Rob Wilkins, 2001.

Great stories of building bridges into the community, based on the experiences of an Arkansas church.An inspiring description and story showing how a church can become an irresistible influence on its neighborhood, community, and world by building bridges over troubled waters to a dying culture through showing the love of God in action (from description).

The Collaboration Challenge: How Nonprofits and Businesses Succeed Through Strategic Alliances - James E. Austin, 2000.

Austin identifies major alliances and examines how they function, looking at the various stages through which they must pass. He explains the role of top leadership and emphasizes the importance of a strategic "fit" between the two partners. Austin suggests different areas within organizations for alignment as well as ways for partners to analyze the value of their collaboration. He then considers ongoing practical management issues and concludes with guidelines for collaborations and questions that must be addressed (from description).

Doing Church as a Team: The Miracle of Teamwork and How It Transforms Churches - Wayne Cordeiro, 2005.

This book gives insights into how we can structure today's church into teams much like Jesus had his team of disciples. It covers topics such as how to create a church vision, identify and use members' gifts, prevent burnout, etc. Very inspirational and practical.

Equipping Church, The - Sue Mallory, 2001.

Hands-on guide to how to create a church environment that equips members for service.

The Externally Focused Church - by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson, 2004.

This book focuses on motivating strategies to bring the Good News of the Gospel from our churches into our wider world through Good Works.

Find Your Fit - Dare to Act on God's Design for You - by Jane Kise and Kevin Johnson, 1998.

A helpful, PLACE-type resource for teens.

Growing Dynamic Teams - Group Training Series

A workshop to help your ministry leaders develop effective teams. Even if you have never led a workshop before, you can successfully guide your leaders through this team building experience.
Tips on being a great workshop facilitator
Easy preparation, including a checklist of all the steps to lead
A facilitator's guide, including a script to lead you through each minute of this half-day workshop
Reproducible printed handouts for the participants
Reproducible printed copies of the presentation visuals
A CD-ROM with files containing the handouts and presentation visuals

Go to the Group Publishing site - to order (and for more resources too!)

Leading the Team-Based Church: How Pastors and Church Staffs Can Grow Together into a Powerful Fellowship of Leaders A Leadership Network Publication - George Cladis, 1999.

Great strategies for revitalizing the church structure to be more team-oriented and focused on outreach.

Participant's Guide Living Beyond Myself Discover Joy Through Serving Others - by Bill Hybels, 1996.

A Biblical examination of servanthood - part of a campaign to have whole churches examine this topic.

Living a Life on Loan: Finding Grace at the Intersections - by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson, 2006.

Through personal examples and hundreds of heartwarming stories of selfless living, the reader is challenged to move from living a life of dull routine to a life filled with passion and the pursuit of purposeful adventure filled living.

The underlying theme of the book is the life story of the reader and how this relates to God's bigger story. The reader is: encouraged to record his passions, purpose, priorities and values; to examine how they connect with other's stories; to recognize resources to help, with others, write new endings to their stories; and commit to making a difference beyond life here on earth.

The authors encourage the reader to write the "rest of the story" of their own lives by using the questions at the end of each chapter to record personal responses to soul-searching questions that incorporate what they know into action steps for serving others. (taken from review).

Unfinished Business: Returning the Ministry to the People of God - Greg Ogden, 1991.

This book emphasizes that Martin Luther's Reformation of the Christian church was incomplete - the church must still make ministry by the people and for the people. This volume emphasizes how this can be done. A bit theologically dense but a powerful read.

Personality Plus - Florence Littauer, 2004.

An excellent resource for those who have taken PLACE and want more information on personality types in action.

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? ( Expanded Edition)  - Rick Warren, 2002.

This excellent book discusses five truths to answer this question of why we are here. According to Warren, we exist for the purposes of worship, ministry, evangelism, fellowship and discipleship. He states that in fulfilling these roles on earth, we find and fulfill our purposes. A great guide to living the Christian life successfully and fully.

S.H.A.P.E.: Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life - Erik Rees, 2006.

Like the PLACE program, this book presents an examination of a person's personality, spiritual gifts, abilities, passions, and experiences and how they play a role in finding a personal ministry. This book also takes the idea further by getting into how to develop the right God-pleasing attitudes and heart, such as surrendering your personal agenda to God's will. A great tool!

The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church - Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, 2003.

Written more from a missionary than an academic perspective, this book redefines how we do church - bringing the concepts of innovation and mission outside the box, and encouraging the reader to use his imagination rather than a prescribed 5-step program to accomplish this intention.

Simply Strategic Volunteers - Tony Morgan and Tim Stevens, 2005.

Tips on how to handle various situations that come up while working with volunteers - very practical and common sense stuff.

Ultimate Leadership - J. Townsend

This is a CCN broadcast - see pastor to borrow it - that covers different kinds of leaders and how to be more effective, especially by following a path of growth for the group (having a future orientation).

The Volunteer Revolution - Unleashing the Power of Everybody - by Bill Hybels

An excellent, motivating book on the role of volunteer ministers in the church - many powerful stories illustrate his point that every member can do ministry.



Cloud-Townsend: Solutions for Life
Resource for wide variety of topics including marriage, emotional struggles, leadership, parenting, and more. Many topics covered in a video format.

Church Volunteer Central
This site, operated by Group Publishing, contains articles on everything from developing team-based ministry to preventing volunteer burn-out. Full use requires a fee.

Corporation for National and Community Service - homepage
This website provides info on grants, tips for working with volunteers, and much more!

Corporation for National and Community Service - section for churches
This website helps volunteer organizations (including church ministries) to get grants, training, and technical assistance to expand their work. Great resource for tips on working with volunteers.

Corporation for National and Community Service - Wisconsin page
Describes grants available for Wisconsin non-profit organizations and more info on volunteering in our state.

Enduring Truth
The website for listening to/purchasing broadcasts on a variety of topics from Pastor Paul Sheppard.

Energize Inc. - Especially for Leaders of Volunteers
Here is a list of membership associations at provincial, state and local level for professionals who lead volunteer programs.

Externally Focused Network
Provides resources such as seminars for ministry leaders.

FASTEN Network
The Faith and Service Technical Education Network (FASTEN) offers informational resources and networking opportunities to faith-based practitioners, private philanthropies, and public administrators who seek to collaborate effectively to renew urban congregations.

Leadership Network fosters church innovation and growth through strategies, programs, tools and resources consistent with our far-reaching mission: to identify, connect and help high-capacity Christian leaders multiply their impact.

Leadership Training Network
Basically, a search engine on popular topics relevant to leaders in ministry.

Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC) supports the service-learning community in higher education, kindergarten through grade twelve, community-based initiatives and tribal programs, as well as all others interested.

Vital Churches Institute
A great resource for seminars and other materials centered around equipping pastors and leaders to help the laity become involved in ministry.

Walk Thru the Bible
The homepage for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, a great resource for seminars, books, devotionals, and videos.