Church Development Bibliography

Leadership and Change

“The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations”, Robert Schnase, Abingdon Press

“Taking Your Church to the Next Level:  What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”, Gary McIntosh, Baker Book House, 2009

“Toward the Better Country: Church Closure and Resurrection”, L. Gail Irwin (Resource Publications, 2014).

“Dynamic Worship”, Kennon Callahan (includes a section on how to begin a new worship service)

“Beyond the Ordinary:  Ten Strengths of US Congregations”, Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce

“Places of Promise: Finding Strength in Your Congregation’s Location”, Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce

Faith Communities Today (FACT), “American Congregations 2008”,

The Alban Institute,,

Callahan, Kennon, “Effective Church Leadership”, JosseyBass, San Francisco, CA.

Collins, Jim, “Good To Great”, “Built To Last”.

Friedman, Edwin H., “A Failure of Nerve”, Seabury Books, New York, NY,

Hamm, Richard L., “Recreating the Church: Leadership for the Postmodern Age”, Chalice Press, St. Louis, MO, 2007

Heifetz, Ron, “Leadership Without Easy Answers”.

Heifetz, Ron, Videos on adaptive leadership for religious leaders,

Nouwen, Henri, “In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership”, The Crossroad Publishing Co., NY, 1989.

Rendle, Gil, “Leading Change in the Congregation”, Alban Institute, Herndon, VA, 2001.

Richardson, Ronald W., “Creating a Healthier Church”, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1996.

Senge, Peter, “The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization”.

Steinke, Peter, “Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What”, 2009

Wood, H. Stanley, “Extraordinary Leaders in Extraordinary Times: Unadorned Clay Pot Messengers”, v. 1, William B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI, 2006.

Congregational Renewal

*Smith, Daniel P. and Mary K. Sellon, Pathway to Renewal: Practical Steps for Congregations, Alban Institute, Herndon, VA, 2008

Borden, Paul D., “Hit the Bullseye: How Denominations Can Aim the Congregation at the Mission Field”, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 2003.

Callahan, Kennon, “Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, Small, Strong Congregations”, JosseyBass, San Francisco, CA.

Easum, Bill, “Sacred Cows Make Gourmet Burgers”, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1995.

Ford, Kevin G., “Transforming Church”, David C. Cook, Colorado Springs,

CO, 2008.

Mann, Alice, “Can Our Church Live? Redeveloping Congregations in Decline”, Alban Institute, Herndon, VA, 1999.

McIntosh, Gary L., “Beyond the First Visit: The Complete Guide to Connecting Guests To Your Church”, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI, 2006.

Miller, Herb, “The Vital Congregation”, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1990.

Nixon, Paul, “I Refuse To Lead A Dying Church”, Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, OH, 2006.

Peace, Richard, “Rediscovering Evangelism: Outreach in the United Church of Christ in the Twenty-First Century”, UCC Resources, Cleveland, OH, 2009.

Piazza, Mike, Prophetic Renewal: Hope For The Liberal Church, Sources of Hope Publishing, Dallas, TX, 2008.

Reese, Martha Grace, Unbinding the Gospel, “Unbinding the Church, Unbinding Your Heart”, Chalice Press, St. Louis, MO.

Rendle, Gil and Alice Mann, “Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations”, Alban Institute, Herndon, VA, 2003.

Schaller, Lyle, “A Mainline Turnaround: Strategies for Congregations and Denominations”, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 2005.

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