My Top Twelve Reads of 2015

I made it a priority this year to read more than I ever have, and I have enjoyed it so much. So many books spoke into my life over the past year. I originally wanted to choose my top ten, but ultimately had to include twelve.

My Top Twelve Reads of 2015

Fairness Is Overrated: And 51 Other Leadership Principles to Revolutionize Your Workplace by Tim Stevens.

This should be required reading for every church leader.

“The success of leaders will rise or fall based on the decisions they make about the people around them.”


Spiritual Leadership: A Commitment to Excellence for Every Believer by J Oswald Sanders.

So glad I discovered this classic this year. A great read for every leader.

“True greatness, true leadership, is found in in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you.”


The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day: Revitalize Your Spirit and Empower Your Leadership by John Maxwell.

I love every thing by John Maxwell. He has an uncanny way of taking complex ideas and sharing them in simple ways.

“Leadership develops daily, not in a day.”


The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin.

A little book, with a big message.

“Extraordinary benefits accrue to the tiny minority of people who are able to push just a tiny bit longer than most.”


Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmene Gallo.

A must read for anyone who speaks in front of a crowd.

“To reach people’s mind, you have to touch their hearts.”


The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service by Lee Cockerell.

If you are in any way involved in first impressions or guest services this is a must read.

“There is no way that the quality of customer service can exceed the quality of the people who provide it.”


Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones.

Me-We-God-You-We (A simple formula for crafting great sermons)

“Preaching is not talking to people about the Bible; it is talking to people about themselves from the Bible.”


Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff.

The funnest, most inspirational, book I’ve ever read.

“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.



Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck by Jon Acuff.

We could save a lot of young people from heartache if we made this required reading in High School.

” Hustle is the fuel that pushes you to do the things other people don’t, so you can enjoy the the results other people won’t.”


Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller.

I think the world needs more Donald Miller’s. People who aren’t scared to share their thoughts, doubts, and frustrations about God, Jesus, and the church.

“Believing in God is as much like falling in love as it is making a decision. Love is both something that happens to you and something you decide upon.”


The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do by Jeff Goins.

For everyone who feels like they’re coasting through life instead of living out their calling.

“When you are stuck fulfilling an obligation instead of chasing a dream, you aren’t your best self.”


Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham by Billy Graham.

I have always wondered how Billy Graham became the greatest evangelist the world has ever seen.

“It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.”


What books left an impact on you over the past year? What books should I add to my list for 2016?

Church Ideas You Can Use

Basics - Resources

Every Monday I post one of The Basics. The Basics are simple steps every church can take to grow. They are the same steps that led my church from 87 people in attendance to over 700. These steps have helped my church see hundreds of people saved and baptized in just a few short years. Most of these steps you can take this week without even having a board meeting. These are The Basics.


Ministry can be overwhelming, especially if you’re the only person on staff at a church or you’re bi-vocational. You quickly learn there are not enough hours in the week to accomplish everything that needs to get done.

You would love to see your church grow, but you just don’t have the time or energy it would take to make it happen. You may even find yourself thinking, “If I just had the money to hire one person, it would make a world of difference.”

If you feel like that, I have good news for you. The amount of ministry resources available to you today is incredible. If you have access to the internet, you have access to an unlimited amount of church staff, and in most cases, you don’t even have to pay them. You just need to know where to look.

Start Here – Sermon Series, Kids Ministry, and Small Group curriculum – Sermon Series, Student Ministry, Kids Ministry, Worship Ministry, Volunteer Ministry, Small Group curriculum, and more. – Sermon Series, Kids Ministry, Student Ministry, Worship Ministry, Small Group curriculum, Creative Arts, Missions, and more. – Sermon Series, Kids Ministry, Worship Ministry, Student Ministry, Production, Drama, and more. – Sermon Series, Graphics, Loops, Videos, and more. – Administration, Kids Ministry, Student Ministry, Group Ministry, Missions, Care, and more. – Sermon Series for adults and students. – Stage design ideas and how-tos for your church. You’d be amazed at how cheap you can do great stage design. – Church graphics, videos, etc.

I’ve used all of these resources at one time or another, and I can honestly say they’ve saved me hours of work. My hope is they can do the same for you.

Do you know of a site providing free church resources? Please link to it in the comment section.