Emerging Library

Priority list

  1. Church 3.0                                           Neil Cole
  2. The Emerging Church                     Dan Kimball
  3. Sacred Space                                       Lilly Lewin and Dan Kimball
  4. Reimagining Church                        Frank Viola
  5. Leading Beyond the Walls             Adam Hamilton
  6. Unlearning Church                           Michael Slaughter


  1. Leadership Challenge                                      Kouzes and Posner
  2. Deepening your Effectiveness                     Glover and Lavy
  3. Announcing the Reign of God                      Mortimer Arias
  4. For the Inward Journey                                 Howard Thurman

What is on your reading list for the summer?

By Brian McLaren, re-posted from the Emergent/C email newsletter:

Dear Friends of Emergent Village,

It’s been an amazing year. For me, it was the 10th anniversary of my first book being published, and the 10th anniversary of my discovering the community and conversation now known as Emergent Village. It’s hard to believe how much has happened in just 10 years.

This is the year that Phyllis Tickle’s book The Great Emergence was released, and many of us feel that this book is helping us understand in a greater way what’s been happening in and among us over this decade, what we’re participating in, what’s trying to be born.

And this is the year that thousands of us participated in an online survey that gave us the chance to express what Emergent Village means to us, along with our hopes and concerns and needs.


How to build relationships and connect with people using the most popular social network on the Internet. This 31 page e-book will help Pastors and other ministry leaders make the most of this great networking tool.

  • How to make the most of your profile information
  • Tips for Networking with People in Facebook
  • All about groups, messages, poking, etc
  • Brand Your Ministry
  • Meet prospects for your church
  • Learn more about the members in your church
  • Fine tune your communication skills
  • Testimonies from Pastors who use FaceBook
  • and much more!

Get the e-book here free using this link: Facebook for Pastors
(PC users, right click and select “Save As” for best results)

This E-Book by Chris Forbes is a great resource for pastors to utilize this social networking site as a ministry tool

I have added a bookshelf to the blog.  These are some of the books that will be informing my ministry and writing for 2008.  I would love to open up a discussion about any book on the bookshelf.  I will add the other 10  books over the next month.

Suppose you have a leadership position in your organization. Further suppose that the division you lead is using antiquated technology from the 1960s. And finally, suppose that you have been leading this division for 5 years and have repeatedly failed to upgrade the technology. Your failures are contributing to major problems that affect millions. And now is the time for you to leave your post.


My reflection has nothing to do with Barry’s article.  I am looking at the number of mainline denominational churches where the pastor has been resistant to technology and has nurtured this value in the church.  As a result the rest of the world has moved on and left many churches ATDD -Acquired Technology Deficit Disorder.

The finance committee is in shock, the administrative staff is bewildered and the church council does not know how this happened.  The Personnel committee worries about who will train everyone and the youth want to know “How will this new interest in technology benefit us.”

The question everyone is asking, “Where do we start?”

I would like to hear from you before sharing my insights about where to start in building a synchronized technology infrastructure that will support the mission and vision of your faith community.

A Book Review
William T Chaney Jr


In the Name of Jesus
Reflections on Christian Leadership
Henri J.M. Nouwen

in-the-name-of-jesus.jpgThis book is about Rev. Nouwen’s journey from Harvard as a professor to L’Arche as a member of their community and caregiver. I have skimmed the book several times but this morning I read it as I begin to prepare for charge conference and calling leaders to ministries within the church. The subtitle really made an impact on me this morning so I read the entire book this morning.

This book should be read by all pastors as they evaluate their leadership. There are three movements in the text.

  1. From Relevance to Prayer
  2. From Popularity to Ministry
  3. From Leading to Being Led

Each movement is packed with wisdom from his experience. The most powerful chapter is From Leading to Being Led. Servant Leadership is often oxymoron in the church. Clergy and lay leaders are called to lead by serving using Jesus as our example yet, so often we have adopted corporate mindsets and infused them into how we do church. As a result we loose the essences and effect of leading like Christ.

Professor Nouwen also addresses the role of clergy to truly be God’s representatives in our local communities of faith.

“Most Christian leaders today raise psychological or social questions even though they frame then in scriptural terms. Real theological thinking, which is thinking with the mind of Christ, is hard to find in the practice of ministry. Without solid theological reflection, future leaders will be little more than pseudo-psychologists, pseudo-sociologists, pseudo-social workers. They will think of themselves as enablers, facilitators, role models, father and mother figures, big brothers or sisters and so on and thus join the countless men and women who make a living by trying to help their fellow human beings cope with stresses and strains of everyday living. But that has little to do with Christian leadership because the Christian leader thinks, speaks and acts in the name of Jesus who came to free humanity from the power of death and open the way to eternal life. “

As I survey the leading televangelists, popular revival preachers and many pastors who are leading mega churches I see the fruit of Dr. Nouwen’s wisdom. Beyond the desires for popularity, beyond the denominational politically correct framework, and beyond the “I want people to like me” neediness; the church needs leaders who are theologically centered deep, reflective, critical thinker who can analysis the world and be God’s representatives in the world.

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Reviewed by the Rev. Tom Berlin

How can churches today be as vital as the early Christian communities described in the Book of Acts? How can we reclaim the fruitful piety of the early Methodists? Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, a new book by United Methodist Bishop Robert Schnase, describes five foundational practices to help congregations be fruitful in ministry to their members and in service to the world.

The book’s goal is to help congregational leaders examine their ministries and assess church practices. But it is much more than detached ministry evaluation. Schnase invites readers to consider what life is like to those entering church for the first time – a challenge to those of us who cut our teeth as infants on the back pew of the church. He helps us see the church through the eye of the visitor or new member, pushing us to remember what life was like before we first felt the comfortable embrace of the church.

Analyzing the basic building blocks of congregational life, Schnase goes on to define the key practices of fruitful congregations. These practices include:

  1. Radical hospitality – the active desire to bring people to Christ and his church
  2. Passionate worship – fresh encounters with God that transform lives
  3. Intentional faith development – learning together in community
  4. Risk-taking mission and service – an outward focus that changes the world and invigorates the church
  5. Extravagant generosity – sharing that exceeds all expectations

Click Here to Read the Entire Book Review

I will be adding this to my fall reading list. Have a blessed Day!!!!!!!!!

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