Book: Dynamic Spiritual Leadership (Leading Like Paul) by J. Oswald Sanders

Do you aspire to be a spiritual leader? The need for talented, vigorous leaders in the church cannot be overemphasized. In this study of Paul’s life, J. Oswald Sanders highlights the qualities that made Paul the great leader he was: his pioneering spirit, his powerful communication skills, his life of fervent prayer, his wholehearted devotion to Jesus Christ, and his exalted view of God. Let this proven classic be your guide for leadership, and watch how God works through you to do great things for His glory.

Dr. John Oswald Sanders left a promising law practice in his native New Zealand to serve as an instructor and administrator at the Bible College of New Zealand. Later he become general director of Overseas Missionary Fellowship (then known as China Inland Mission) in the 1950s and 1960s, and he was instrumental in beginning many new missions projects throughout East Asia. J. Oswald Sanders not only wrote about leadership but he lived it out.

In this study of Paul’s life we find an inspiring example of what one person, wholly surrendered to God and committed to God’s people, can achieve by simply following Jesus Christ. And even though Paul was merely human, he was a leader with weaknesses just like ours. Paul’s triumphs, as well as his failures, provide valuable lessons in overcoming any obstacle in ministry as we desire to serve Jesus Christ. This book is a great read about what qualities make a great leader and you’ll also find your vocabulary grow too!

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Book: Uncommon Manhood (Secrets to What It Means to Be a Man) by Tony Dungy

What does it mean to be a man of significance in a culture that doesn’t offer many positive role models? Super Bowl-winning coach Dungy has learned that the best definition of a man’s success is who he is—rather than what he has!  Reflecting on lessons he’s learned from his parents, career, mentors, and journey with God, Dungy moves beyond material success to illuminate those ambitions, attitudes, and allegiances that make our lives truly meaningful. 

Men this book will help you grow in your character, integrity, and courage. It will push you to be a man with both confidence and humility. It will challenge you to be a man who knows the value of family and faith. It will equip you to be a man who is truly uncommon. This is also a great basic discipleship book for any guy and also makes a great Father’s Day gift which is this month.

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Book: Handbook for Servants by Gayle Erwin

Do you hunger for God to be active in your life? Do you wonder if the Holy Spirit can renew and empower you? Gayle Erwin places our hand in the hand of Jesus and takes us to the side of the Comforter.

Answers to nagging questions for those who serve: Handling Manipulators, Working with Authority, Forgiveness, Fear, Competition, anger, Politics, Feelings, Foreign Ministry, Home Fellowships, Worship, Communion, Prayer, and more.

Gayle Erwin is fresh in his humor, Bible teaching share with us the Jesus style of serving in this Handbook for Servants.

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Book: Handbook of Preaching by Dr. Nathaniel Van Cleave

handbookofpreachingOne way to define a handbook is “a guide for travelers.” And for those whom God has led along the winding, sometimes uphill pathway of pastoring and preaching, Dr. Nathaniel M. Van Cleave’s classic “Handbook of Preaching” has been a beloved and venerable how-to-do-it resource. With its practical counsel, timeless insights and step-by-step instruction on creating and delivering Bible-based sermons, this book has been a mainstay for pastors, teachers and church leaders all over the world.

This book is a very practical step-by-step guide and full of advice for any who preach, or desire to. First released in 1943, Dr. Van Cleave’s careful instructions will bring help and enduring instruction to the next generation of communicators.

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Video: What is a Successful Church? by Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa

Our definitions of success are not always the same as God’s.  How does your church rate? What is a Successful Church?

Although given at the 2012 Calvary Chapel East Coast Pastors’ Conference, this message is ideal for the whole church.  It’s a dose of reality as we realize that our definitions of success are not always the same as God’s and if taken to heart by a congregation, could help a church move forward in unity, seeking the right goals.

When we don’t know how to measure success, we can become discouraged when we should be encouraged, and vice-versa.  We can become dissatisfied and angry, finding fault when there is none.  We can also become complacent and comfortable when the church is spiritually lacking.  This message is a must for everyone in ministry, and will help you understand the measurement of success in God’s eyes.

Source: http://streaming.ccphilly.org/video.aspx?id=ECPC1205