Resources for Pastors (Revised)

I’ve added a few new resources to this post from Feb. 2010…


Unleashing the Word by Adam Hamilton

A detailed, practical resource on sermon series planning and prep from an excellent preacher/teacher

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection website, led by Adam Hamilton

Story by Robert McKee

A manual for movie screenwriters. Write your sermons as if they were movies. Excellent resource!

The Homiletical Plot by Eugene L. Lowry

An early book on narrative preaching. It’s worth the money just to see Lowry’s funky beard on the back cover.

Creating Messages that Connect by Alan Nelson

Write your messages in the form of “info chunks” to keep your audience’s attention.

The Art of the Sermon (DVD) by Rob Bell

See the sermon as performance art. Also contains nuts and bolts of sermon prep, Rob Bell style.

Church Planting

Community of Kindness by Steve Sjogren

A practical and realistic guide to church planting

E-Myth Mastery by Michael E. Gerber

Entrepreneurship from the business world

Launch by Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas

How to launch a new church in six months!

Thoughts from a leading Baptist church planter

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

Make your church plant remarkable.


Leading Beyond the Walls by Adam Hamilton

An all-purpose look at how Adam Hamilton planted and led the largest United Methodist Church in America (17,000 members)

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute

Helping leaders not get stuck in the rut of believing our own press

Making Vision Stick by Andy Stanley

A vision must-have

Holy Discontent by Bill Hybels

Zero in with laser-like focus on what God is calling you to do.

Tribes by Seth Godin

How movements are created and led

The Very Large Church: New Rules for New Leaders by Lyle E. Schaller

What factors create a large and growing church


Activate by Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas

A realistic new model for small group ministry

Fusion by Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas

A model of assimilation that takes care of the details

House Church and Mission: The Importance of Household Structures in Early Christianity by Roger W. Gehring

A more academic treatment of the role of house churches in the early Church and what it could mean for the Church in the 21st century (It’s possible that in 20 years, fully functioning house churches will be the norm in America. What we now think of as “church”, a weekend gathering, will serve as the central hub of the house church network. See Xenos.)


A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren

Controversial but a welcome challenge to me

The New Creation: John Wesley’s Theology Today by Theodore Runyon

Self-explanatory title

The following resources were recommended by Rev. Derik Hines, Teaching Pastor, Community Church of Joy, Glendale, AZ

Our Father Abraham by Marvin Wilson

Jesus the Jewish Theologian by Brad Young

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg


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