1. Guder, Darrell, et al. Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. Eerdmans Publishing (1998), Paperback, ISBN-13: 978-0802843500   A foundational resource examining all dimensions of the missionally engaged congregation. (Amazon-$20.83, Chapters-$25.07)
  2. Hirsch, Alan. The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church. $17.00, Brazos Press (2007), Paperback, ISBN-13: 978-1587431647.  (Amazon-$17.00, Chapters-$16.49)
  3. Allen, Roland. Missionary Methods: St Paul’s or Ours? Classic book, dealing with the 3 selfs, building sustainability
  4. Brock, Charles. The Principles and Practices of Indigenous Church Planting.
  5. Hauerwas, Stanley. Resident Aliens: life in the Christian colony. What is the intended outcome of developing Christian community?
  6. Murray, Stuart. Church Planting: laying foundations. Beyond church growth pragmatism to methodology based on biblical theology
  7. Newbigin, Lesslie. The Open Secret: an introduction to the theology of mission. Addressing the mission of the church in its broadest sense
  8. Olson, Bruce. Bruchko. Becoming incarnationally engaged in a community and allowing Christ and ecclesia to emerge
  9. Perkins, John. Beyond Charity: the call to Christian community development. Incarnational engagement with urban ministry issues
  10. Schreiter, Robert J. Constructing Local Theologies.
  11. Shenk, David and Stutzman, Ervin. Creating Communities of the Kingdom: new testament models of church planting. Biblical theology informing church planting methodologies
  12. Keller, Tim.  Website articles
  13. Breakout Churches.
  14. Leadership Summit resource materials


  1. Cloud, Henry and Townsend, John. Boundaries:  When to Say Yes, When to Say No-To Take Control of Your Life. Harper Collins Canada/Zondervan Books, 2002 (Paperback),  ISBN-13: 978-0310247456  (Amazon-$15.19; Chapters-Hardcover (1992)-$16.49, Paperback (2004)-$16.82)
  2. Richard Swenson. Margins: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives (updated version). NavPress, 2004.  ISBN 1594150079  (Only available from Chapters-$16.71.) 
  3. Bierly, Steve. How to Thrive as a Small Church Pastor
  4. Buckingham, Marcus & Clifton, Donald. Now, Discover Your Strengths
  5. Cordeiro, Wayne. Leading On Empty – understanding the causes that lead to burnout and avoiding them
  6. Dawn, Marva. A Sense of the Call
  7. Hart, Archibald DCoping with Depression in the Ministry and Other Helping Professions
  8. Headley, TonyAchieving Balance in Ministry
  9. Hybels, Bill. Too Busy Not to Pray
  10. Hybels, Bill. The Power of a Whisper. This book looks at how to identify and respond to the whispers of God. Small group material is also available in a 4 sessions DVD and a participant’s guide.
  11. London, H.B. Pastors at Risk
  12. London, H.B., ed.  Renew, Refresh, Revive
  13. MacDonald, Gordon. The Resilient Life
  14. Nouwen, Henri. In the Name of Jesus
  15. Peterson, Eugene. The Contemplative Pastor
  16. Samuel, Gary, Samuel, Rima, and Mcintosh, D. Overcoming the Darkside of Leadership
  17. Peter Scazzero. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleashing the Power of Authentic Life in Christ. Integrates principles of emotional health and contemplative spirituality.
  18. Healthy Eating Program
  19. 12 Step Program
  20. Pastor’s Retreat Network
  21. The Cove
  22. Leadership Summit resource material


  1. Scazzero, Peter and Bird, Warren. The Emotionally Healthy Church:  A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives. Harper Collins Canada/ Zondervan Books, 2003.  ISBN-13: 978-0310246541 (Amazon-$17.51, Chapters-Hardcover-$15.83, Paperback-$15.19)
  2. Bob Moffitt. If Jesus Were Mayor--How Your Local Church Can Transform Your Community (Paperback) Kregel Publishers (January 2007), ISBN-13: 978-0825461293.  (Amazon-$13.60, Chapters-$15.19)  A brief study of God’s agenda to bring about cultural transformation through the wholistic witness of the local church.
  3. Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together
  4. Callahan, Kennon. Effective Church Leadership
  5. Daman, Glenn C. Developing Leaders for the Small Church: A Guide to Spiritual Transformation for the Church Board – explores the nature of spiritual leadership, illustrating why the focus of a church board shouldn’t be dictated by organizational duties but guided by spiritual responsibilities.  Tackles subjects such as the biblical qualifications for leaders, the purpose of the church, the role of prayer, developing a team spirit and protecting and nurturing a church.
  6. Frangipane, Francis. A House United:  How Christ-Centered Unity Can End Church Division.
  7. Gibbs, Eddie. The Next Church
  8. Keller, Timothy. Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road – basing his work on the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the author writes of the necessity, the principles, and the practice of ministry to those in need; it is suitable for any congregation.
  9. Kemp, Bill. Holy Places, Small Spaces – A Hopeful Future for the Small Membership Church (Discipleship Resources) about the indispensible role of small congregations in places where megachurches will never go, and how the wrong kind of worship space can take away a small church’s greatest strength for discipleship
  10. Kendall, R.T. Total Forgiveness
  11. Sawchuck, K. Conflict Resolution in the Church
  12. Miller, C. JohnOutgrowing the Ingrown Church
  13. Susek, Ron. Firestorm. Practical suggestions on how to avoid and overcome the destructive interpersonal conflicts many churches have experienced with leaders, members, and pastors.
  14. Bevere, John. Drive by Eternity – DVD series
  15. Christian Church Network


  1. Roxburgh, Alan and Romanuk, FredThe Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church for a Changing World. Leadership Network Publications (or John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd/Jossey-Bass (2006) Hardcover, (Amazon-$19.52, Chapters-$20.45), ISBN-13: 978-0787983253. (Character, vision and skills of the pastoral leader
  2. Weems, Lovett H. Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit. Abingdon Press (1999), Paperback, ISBN-13: 978-0687046928 (Amazon-$17.47, Chapters-$14.67)
  3. Clinton, RobertThe Making of a Leader. Identifies six stages of leadership development and lessons and checkpoints for each stage.
  4. Engstrom, Ted. The Making of a Leader.
  5. Getz, Gene. Nehemiah: ‘Becoming A Disciplined Leader’. Discusses how Nehemiah models – prayer, sovereignty of God, handling discouragement, motivation, anger issues & negative emotions
  6. Maxwell, John C. Developing the Leader Within You.
  7. McLaren, Brian. The Secret Message of Jesus.
  8. Manion, Jeff. The Land Between Using “the biblical story of the Israelites’ journey through the Sinai desert as a metaphor for being in an undesired transitional space.” Leaving Egypt (the land they knew) for the Promise Land (the land they had yet to get to), what are the lessons we can learn in “The Land Between.”  
  9. Nelson, Gary. Borderland Churches: A Congregation’s Introduction to Missional Living. (Chalice Press). Gary Nelson spoke at our pastors conference several years ago and is the new president of Tyndale Seminary. This is a very readable book and set solidly in our Canadian ministry context. Good reflections on our ‘in-between’ times and how to be the church from the margins of society rather than the centre.
  10. Roxburgh, Alan and Scott Boren. Introducing the Missional Church. (Baker Books) This is a new book that goes back over some of the same territory but more clearly articulated – he co-authors with a practicing pastor. Divided into 3 sections, the first 2 sections could be discussed on their own merit in separate meetings, and you could suggest people read the 3rd section on their own time if they wanted. Good for recommending to thoughtful, reading lay people.
  11. Stiller, Karen and Willard Metzeger. Going Missional This book features “Conversations with 13 Canadian Churches who have embraced the missional life.”
  12. Thrall, McNicol and McElrathThe Ascent of a Leader. A study of the importance of the development and integration of leadership character and capacity and how these are best formed in environments of grace.
  13. White. Excellence in Leader
  14. Death by Meeting
  15. Ortberg, John. CD – Leader
  16. The Way of the Leader


  1. Howard Snyder. The Radical Wesley and Patterns for Church Renewal.  Wipf and Stock Publishers (1996), Paperback, ISBN-13: 978-1579100018  (Amazon-$26.81, Chapters-$25.95)
  2. Thorsen, Don. The Wesleyan Quadrilateral.  Emeth Publishing (2005), $23.50, Paperback, ISBN-13: 978-0975543535  (Amazon-$23.50, Chapters-$24.75)
  3. Henderson, Michael. A Model for Making Disciples: John Wesley’s Class Meeting. (Francis Asbury Press) The genius of class meetings examined from a contemporary education and disciple-making perspective. Includes thoughts on ‘means of grace’ and disciple-making.
  4. Maddox, Randy. Responsible Grace: John Wesley’s Practical Theology. A reflective overview of John Wesley’s theological activities and convictions, especially the practical-theological dynamics of Wesley’s work as theologian.
  5. Marquardt, Manfred. John Wesley’s Social Ethics:  Praxis and Principles. Wesley is presented as both an evangelist and a social reformer; his theological and spiritual concerns were catalytic in his social program.
  6. Oswalt, John. Called to be Holy:  A Biblical Perspective.