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Path 1 Recommended Readings

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Step 1: Read the book of Acts in the Bible


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, 2016

Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior by Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan and Switzler, 2013

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, 2002

Failing Boldly by Christian Coon, 2017

Exponential by Dave and John Ferguson, 2010

Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough and the Journey to Wholeness by Junius Dotson, 2019

Models for planting:

The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting: A Guide for Starting Any Kind of Church by Aubrey Malphurs, 2011.

Flipping Church: How Successful Church Planters are Turning Conventional Wisdom Upside-Down by Michael Baughman

Jim and Casper Go to Church by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper, 2007

A New Day in the City: Urban Church Revival by Donna Claycomb Sokol and L. Roger Owens, 2017

Planting Missional Churches by Daniel Im and Ed Stetzer, 2006

Multicultural/Multiethnic resources:

Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community and Surviving to Adulthood by Patrick Reyes, 2018.

Multi: The Chemistry of Church Diversity by Paul Nixon, 2019


Worship in a Plant:

Preaching for the Contemporary Service by Joseph M. Webb, 2006

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds by Carmine Gallo, 2015

Honest Worship: from False Self to True Praise by Manuel Luz, 2018

Clip In: Risking Hospitality in your Church by Fiona Haworth and Jim Ozier, 2014


The Connected Life: Small Groups that Create Community by Jacob and Rachel Armstrong, 2017

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Brad Griffin, Jake Mulder and Kara Powell, 2016.

Building a Discipling Culture by Mike Breen, 2011.

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson, 2000

A Theology of Christian Spirituality by Samuel Powell, 2005

Disciples Making Disciples: A Guide for Covenant Discipleship Groups and Class Leaders by Steve Manskar, 2016

A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living by Kevin Watson, 2009


Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes by Rosario Picardo, 2016

Ministry and Money: A Practical Guide for Pastors by Janet T. and Philip D. Jamieson, 2009

Bounty: Ten Ways to Increase Giving in Your Church by Kristine Miller and Scott McKenzie, 2013

Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy, and a Spiritual Call to Service by Kerry

Alys Robinson, 2014

A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (The Henri J. M. Nouwen) by Henri J. M. Nouwen, 2019