Books I Recommend

Church Revitalization Books

Flickering Lamps: Christ and His Church. Henry and Richard Blackaby

Direct Hit: Aiming Real Leaders at the Mission Field. Borden, Paul D.

Make or Break your church in 365 Days: A daily guide to leading effective change. Borden, Paul D.

The Nuts & Bolts of Church Revitalization. Cheyney, Tom and Terry Rials,

Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches. Clifton, Mark.

Biblical Church Revitalization: Solutions for Dying and Divided Churches. Croft, Brian.

The Great Evangelical Recession: 6 Factors that will Crash the American Church…and How to Prepare. Dickerson, John S.

Can These Bones Live? A Practical Guide to Church Revitalization. Henard, Bill.

Church, Come Forth: A Biblical Plan for Transformational Turnaround. Hudnall, Todd.

Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There. McIntosh, Gary L.

There’s Hope for Your Church: First Steps to Restoring Health and Growth. McIntosh, Gary L.

The American Church in Crisis. Olson, David T.

Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive. Rainer, Thom S.

Turnaround Pastor: Pathways to Save, Revive, and Build Your Church. Ross, Donald.

Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations. Stetzer, Ed and Thom Rainer.

Church Revitalization: From the Inside Out. Stuart, Robert D.

Church Administration

Church Structure That Works: Turning Dysfunction into Health. Blanchard, Bill.


Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Unchartered Territory. Bolsinger, Tod.

Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. Bolsinger, Tod.

Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality. Cloud, Henry.

The Leadership Triangle: Three Gifts That Will Change the Way You Lead. Ford, Kevin and Ken Tucker.

A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. Friedman, Edwin H.

The Vision Driven Leader: 10 Questions to focus your efforts, energize your team, and scale your business. Hyatt, Michael.

Developing the Leader Within You. Maxwell, John C.

Building a Leadership Culture: Leaders Made Here. Miller, Mark.

The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, Effective. O’Brien, Brandon J.

Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What. Steinke, Peter L.

Ministerial Ethics: Moral Formation for Church Leaders. Trull, Joe E. and James E. Carter

Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement. Mancini, Will.

God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future. Mancini, Will.

The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us. Vaters, Karl.

Stuck! Navigating the Transitions of Life and Leadership. Walling, Terry B.

Church Health and Church Culture

Redeeming Church Conflicts: Turning Crisis Into Compassion and Care. Barthel, Tara Klena and David V. Edling.

Church Turned Inside Out: A Guide for Designers, Refiners, and Realigners. Bergquist, Linda and Allan Karr.

Creating Your Church’s Culture: How to Uproot Mediocrity and Create a Healthy Organizational Culture. Blandino, Stephen.

Church Transfusion: Changing Your Church Organically From the Inside Out. Cole, Neil and Phil Helfer.

Pastor Abusers: When Sheep Attack Their Shepherd. Alabama: Crockett, Kent.

Sacred Cows Make Gourmet Burgers: Ministry Anytime, Anywhere by Anyone. Easum, William M.

Transforming Church: Bringing Out the Good to Get to Great. Ford, Kevin G.

Antagonists in the Church: How to Identify and Deal With Destructive Conflict. Haugh, Kenneth C.

Why Men Hate Going to Church. Murrow, David.

Dirt Matters: The Foundation for a Healthy, Vibrant, and Effective Congregation. Powell, Jim.

Clergy Killers: Guidance for Pastors and Congregations Under Attack. Rediger, G. Lloyd.minster John Knox Press, 1997.

The Emotionally Healthy Church: A Strategy for Discipleship that Actually Changes Lives. Scazzero, Peter.

Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250. Vaters, Karl.

Educational Strategies

Building a Discipling Culture: How to Release a Missional Movement by Discipling People Like Jesus Did. Breen, Mike.

DiscipleShift: Five Steps That Help Your Church to Make Disciples Who Make Disciples. Harrington, Bobby and Jim Putman,

Revitalizing the Sunday Morning Dinosaur: A Sunday School Growth Strategy for the 21 st Century. Hemphill, Ken.

Who Stole My Church: What to do when the church you love tries to enter the 21 st century. MacDonald, Gordon.

Sticky Church. Osborne, Larry.
I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes a Difference. Rainer, Thom S.

The Emotional Healthy Church: A Strategy for Discipleship that Actually Changes Lives. Scazzero, Peter.

Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community. Stetzer, Ed and David Putman.

Sunday School in HD. Taylor, Allan.

The Six Core Values of Sunday School. Taylor, Allan.

The Other 80 Percent: Turning Your Church’s Spectators into Active Participants. Thumma, Scott and Warren Bird,

The Missional Church in Perspective. Van Gelder, Craig and Dwight J. Zscheile,

Cure for the Common Church.Whitesel, Bob.