Best Church Leadership Resources – Podcasts, Books, Conferences, Blogs

A list of the best church leadership resource, including podcasts, books, conferences and blogs.

People often ask about the best resources to help them lead. Below are some of my personal favorites.

BEST LEADERSHIP BLOGS AND ARTICLES

BlogDan Reiland – Developing Church Leaders: Dan is one of the wisest leaders I know. He has gained that wisdom from years working in the trenches with John Maxwell and Kevin Myers. He knows how to run churches well and desires to share that information to help others. He does so at: http://danreiland.com

Xpastor: Xpastor is a website aimed at executive & senior pastors. When the executive pastor position was just coming on the scene, David Fletcher started the website. He used it define the position and help churches identify good executive pastors (“XPs”). Since that time David has collected helpful church leadership articles from some of the best pastors out there: http://www.xpastor.org

CHURCHLEADERS: Great compilation of blog posts from church leaders: http://www.churchleaders.com/

Brian Dodd On Leadership: Brian’s heart just oozes leadership. He finds management wisdom in everything he sees. He shares great insights and resources at: http://www.briandoddonleadership.com

Tony Morgan Live: Thoughtful and useful articles on church management: https://tonymorganlive.com/

Executive Pastor Online: Kevin Stone shares practical church leadership information: ExecutivePastorOnline.com

Harvard Business Review: Truly excellent insights on people, teams and running organizations: https://hbr.org/

Smart SenseAbilities: Kate Nasser’s thoughtful advice: http://katenasser.com/articles/

Dan Black on Leadership: Pithy and practical: http://danblackonleadership.info/

 

BEST CHURCH LEADERSHIP PODCASTS

PodcastThe Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Carey is a large church pastor with a passion for leadership and to develop others. He does so with positive energy and an approachable style. Carey gathers some of the best church leadership minds for his weekly podcast: http://careynieuwhof.com/mypodcast/

The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast: Outstanding ministry advice from one of the most influential church leaders of our time: http://northpoint.org/resources/podcasts

The Unseminary Podcast: Rich Birch covers a broad range of church leadership topics in a helpful way: http://www.unseminary.com/category/podcast/

The Catalyst Ministry Podcast: The latest thinking coming from the influential folks at Catalyst: http://catalyst.libsyn.com

 

BEST CHURCH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES

Orange ConferenceThe Orange Conference and Orange Tour: Excellent resource senior pastors, children’s pastors, student pastors and family pastors. Few conferences can equal the consistent quality of content and presentation: http://theorangeconference.com/

The Catalyst Conference and Catalyst One Day: Some of the biggest name speakers and a great focus on the future. Get the conference videos and share them with your staff: https://catalystconference.com/

The Global Leadership Summit: Willow Creek’s excellent annual leadership training. Again, be sure to get the conference videos: http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/

The Outcomes Conference: The Christian Leadership Alliance’s yearly conference for equipping church leaders: http://www.outcomesconference.org/

XPastor Conference: David Fletcher’s wonderful resource for executive pastors and senior pastors: http://www.xpastor.org/

Sticky Teams Conference: Larry Osborne and North Coast Training offer some of the most practical and effective advice I’ve seen: http://northcoasttraining.org/

Exponential Conference: Great resource for church planters: https://www.exponential.org/

Drive Conference: Offered by Andy Stanley’s North Point Church every few years. Focuses on applicable advice for church leaders: http://driveconference.com/

DiscipleShift 1: For church leaders who want to make discipleship (spiritual growth) a priority. Unique conference taught in small groups:  http://www.rlmchurchtraininganddevelopment.com/training/discipleshift-1-training/

 

BEST CHURCH LEADERSHIP BOOKS

Axiom by Bill Hybels
Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne
Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley
Simple Church by Thom Rainer
The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren
7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley
Church Unique by Will Mancini
Winning With People by John Maxwell
Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley
Spiritual Leadership by Henry and Richard Blackaby
Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Building Below The Waterline by Gordon MacDonald
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
Soul Keeping by John Ortberg
Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro
Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard
Second in Command by Dutch Sheets and Christ Jackson
Leading from the Second Chair by Mike Bonem and Roger Patterson
Church Is a Team Sport by Jim Putman
Think Orange by Reggie Joiner
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
Platform by Michael Hyatt
Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Thinking for a Change by John Maxwell
Leadership Divided by Ron Carucci
Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud

BooksNote that this is not an exhaustive list. There are many other great resources out there. Feel free to share your favorites with me!

I will update this list as I find additional excellent resources.