A Syllabus for New Executive Pastors
One of my rules of life: Leaders are learners.
A few weeks ago, I posted XP 101: a syllabus for future executive pastors, including the top twenty resources for young bucks interested in leadership ministries. Here, I’m giving you new and current XP’s (and the overachievers who completed XP 101 in the first month it was posted) thirty more essential resources.
Those of you at Sojourn will note that I just transitioned out of my role as the East Campus’s XP, a position I have filled for more than three years, to become the whole church’s pastor of community life. But I’m not turning my back on the XP world—instead, at a church Sojourn’s size, it takes an XP-type role to oversee, coach and resource 150+ small group leaders. To be sure, this is the greatest role I could have imagined for myself, and I’m eternally grateful for this new opportunity and season of ministry.
Here it is, folks, your XP 201 syllabus. (Once again: a big Thank You to Sojourn deacon Officer Logan Thrasher, for gathering all of these links and helping organize over 100 XP-related resources.)
Richard Lovelace, “Practicing the Presence of the Holy Spirit”
Keller and Powlison, “The Pastor’s Self-Evaluation Questionnaire”
Peter Drucker, “Time Management for Pastors”
Dave Harvey, Rescuing Ambition
Dave Kraft, Leaders Who Last
Charles Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students
Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader
Prahalad and Hamel, “The Core Competence of the Corporation”
Management and Administration
Kaplan and Norton, “Putting the Balanced Scorecard to Work”
Andy Stanley, The Seven Practices of Effective Ministry
James Berkley, et al., Leadership Handbook of Management and Administration
Strategy and Innovation
Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs
Discipleship and Staffing
Tim Keller, “Leadership and Church Size Dynamics”
Easum and Tenny-Brittian, Effective Staffing for Vital Churches: The Essential Guide for Finding and Keeping the Right People
Money and Stewardship
Craig Blomberg, Neither Poverty Nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions
Randy Alcorn, Money, Posessions and Eternity
Vision, Writing and Communications
William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Non-Fiction
There it is, folks. Stay tuned for XP301: A Syllabus for Established Executive Pastors. Happy readings.