The 30 Books Every Pastor Should Read


I love to read! I try to maintain a 1-book per week pace, and because of that, I am often asked "what's the best book you've read lately?" So here you go! Here's a list of the 30 most influential books I've read to date that have helped me as a pastor and a leader. If you click on the title of the book that interests you it will take you directly to where you can order a copy of your own. Remember, leaders are readers. Enjoy!

My top 30 in alphabetical order:

  1. 7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley
  2. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
  3. Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs by Bill Hybels
  4. Becoming a Coaching Leader: The Proven System for Building Your Own Team of Champions by Daniel Harkavy
  5. Church Planting: God's Plan for Transformation by George Hill
  6. Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley
  7. Covenant Relationships by George Hill
  8. Cracking Your Church's Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration by Dr. Sam Chand
  9. Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend by Andy Stanley
  10. Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want -- Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracey
  11. Leadership Pain: The Classroom for Growth by Dr. Sam Chand
  12. Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community by Donald Clifton
  13. No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church by John Burke
  14. The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller
  15. Passing the Leadership Baton: A Winning Transition Plan for Your Ministry by Tom Mullins
  16. Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren
  17. Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples by Thom Rainer & Eric Geiger
  18. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  19. Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team And Staff On The Same Page by Larry Osborne
  20. Surprising Insights From The Unchurched And Proven Ways To Reach Them by Thom Rainer
  21. The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John Maxwell
  22. The Big Idea: Aligning the Ministries of Your Church through Creative Collaboration by Dave Ferguson
  23. The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life by Robin Sharma
  24. The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently by Tony Dungy
  25. One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey by Ken Blanchard
  26. The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon's Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness by Stephen K. Scott
  27. Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrows Success by John Maxwell
  28. Visioneering: God's Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision by Andy Stanley
  29. Volunteer Revolution by Bill Hybels
  30. Winning on Purpose: How to Organize Congregations to Succeed in Their Mission by John Kaiser