Recommended Reading

Being a life-learner is characteristic of strong leaders. The following is a sampling of my personal reading library. Many of the classic business books have concepts that translate well into effective church management and provide explanations of complex business principles. Enjoy the read!

Church Staff Evaluations:  A Guide to Performance Appraisals that Motivate, Develop and Reward Church Employees

Anyone who works for a ministry understands the unique challenges that come with managing church employees. However, when employers manage with fairness and objectivity, the employees will feel more engaged with the church and go out of their way to create a positive experience for those people (employees, members and volunteers) they serve.

Smart Church Management:  A Quality Guide to Church Administration

Managing a church office has lots of the same challenges as managing any other business and requires many of the same systems and processes to be successful. Developing a strategic plan that is implemented through the completion of goals is the first step in fulfilling a church mission. The next step is developing strong leadership and good communication processes. Smart Church Management offers tips on the successful operation of a church which requires a strong decision making model, problem solving tools, positive employee management, structured volunteer oversight, systematic budgeting process, strategized customer focus as well as public relations and emergency management preparation!

Smart Volunteer Management:  A Volunteer Coordinator’s Handbook for Engaging, Motivating and Developing Volunteers

Smart Volunteer Management – A Volunteer Coordinator’s Handbook for Engaging, Motivating and Developing Volunteers, 1st Edition, is perfect for anyone who manages volunteers. With easy to understand examples, this book provides a simplistic approach to managing volunteers and running the day-to-day operation of a volunteer program. Whether it is providing a structured application process, training, motivating or developing volunteers, this book offers practical application, tips, tools with real life examples and much more!

How to Build a Church Website: A Step-by-Step Guide to Create a Beautifully Designed Church Website for Under $100

Many churches are a little behind the curve with establishing an internet presence. The world today seeks out information about churches online and ministries that either don’t have an online presence, or a stagnant website should consider taking steps to improve their online presence. This Kindle book is a great resource for church plants, ministries or churches that are resource challenged.
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2012-2013 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff

Based on a national survey, The 2012-2013 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff provides reliable church employee compensation breakdowns for part-time, full-time, church size, income budget, and geographical setting. With this information, you can compare your plan to other churches that have similar positions and demographics.

Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend

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 Purpose Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message

Rick Warren shares a proven five-part strategy that will enable your church to grow * warmer through fellowship * deeper through discipleship * stronger through worship * broader through ministry * larger through evangelism The Purpose Driven Church shifts the focus away from church building programs to emphasizing a people-building process. Warren says, ‘If you will concentrate on building people, God will build the church.’

The Certified Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence Handbook, Third Edition

The quality function in all organizations is an evolving disciple. The management of quality crosses all functions of an organization requiring a comprehensive understanding of organizations as systems and an understanding of the ever increasing range of tools and technologies that quality professionals use.  This handbook is a must for every manager’s bookshelf and deals with every aspect of management and is the preparatory handbook for the Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence exam.

When Teams Work Best : 6,000 Team Members and Leaders Tell What It Takes to Succeed

This book provides fascinating research of more than 6,000 team members and team leaders from a wide variety of industries, both public and private trying to determine what conditions contribute to a team’s ability to achieve goals.  Whether you oversee a team of employees or a team of volunteers this is an enlightening read.

2013 Church and Clergy Tax Guide (for Tax Year 2012)

Get a better understanding of U.S. tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches with the 2013 Church & Clergy Tax Guide; learn how tax laws apply to you, how to correctly report your federal income taxes and social security taxes, understand relevant exemptions, and reduce your tax liability as much as possible. You’ll also find easy-to-understand charts and real-life illustrations.

First Break All The Rules

This book by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman is  based on research with over 80,000 managers and offers insight into what defines a great place to work. This book can help managers identify and create the right environment for their employees.  Another must read for anyone who manages people.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t

This classic management book by Jim Collins offers some amazing insight into how leading companies manage to make the leap to a higher level.  It describes what the leaders of these organizations look like and basic management principles that they operate by. This is a must read for anyone desiring to take an organization to the next level.

 Managing For Dummies

Managing people is challenging at best but if done right can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have.  This book takes complex concepts and provides practical tips on all aspects of managing others.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

This book answers the question of why some ideas thrive and others die and what can improve the chances of worthy ideas.  Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions and reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier.

Human Resource Strategy: A Behavioral Perspective for the General Manager

This book is written with the general manager in mind and provides a base of key organizational behavior material on why employees behave as they do and how to promote behavior required to implement a focused business strategy using staffing, development and reward systems.

Minister’s Tax and Financial Guide: For 2013 Tax Returns

This easy-to-understand workbook simplifies the tax code and offers dozens of tips to reduce your tax bill. For 2014, the guide includes a line-by-line explanation of the 1040 Form as well as information on recent changes in the tax code. Dan Busby also explains the easy steps you can take now to minimize next year’s tax bill.

Compensation Handbook for Church Staff

Based on a national survey, The 2014 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff provides reliable church employee compensation breakdowns for part-time, full-time, church size, income budget, and geographical setting. With this information, you can compare your plan to other churches that have similar positions and demographics.

2014 Church and Nonprofit Tax and Financial Guide: For 2013 Tax Returns (Zondervan Church and Nonprofit Tax Financial Guide)

This annual reference guide continues to be one of the few resources offering tax and financial advice to churches and nonprofit organizations. Issues of financial accountability, receiving and maintaining tax-exempt status, accounting for charitable gifts, and other crucial topics receive careful and full discussion.