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.
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
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