I recently released my annual “Best Books of the Year” podcast, where I share what I believe are the Top 10 Books of 2012 for Church Leaders – see the sneak peek below and click this link to listen or download it now:
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The year 2012 produced some powerful new reads from some of my favorite authors, including Steve Stroope, Gary McIntosh and Patrick Lencioni, plus a handful of new favorites.
I like to say that “all leaders are readers” – that’s especially true of growing church leaders. So for that reason, here are the Top 10 Books of 2012 for Church Leaders:
Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend
by Andy Stanley
With surprising candor and transparency pastor Andy Stanley explains how one of America’s largest churches began with a high-profile divorce and a church split. But that’s just the beginning… Deep and Wide provides church leaders with an in-depth look into North Point Community Church and its strategy for creating churches unchurched people absolutely love to attend.
Andy writes, ‘Our goal is to create weekend experiences so compelling and helpful that even the most skeptical individuals in our community would walk away with every intention of returning the following week…with a friend!’ Later he says, ‘I want people to fall in love with the Author of Scripture. And while we can’t make anyone fall in love, we can certainly arrange a date.’
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg
In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.
We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.
Listen to the complete podcast now: The Top 10 Books of 2012 for Church Leaders Podcast
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About Nelson Searcy
Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights
and the Renegade Pastors Network
, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry
and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact
, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There
. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.