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A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders
by Reggie McNeal
This is an excellent book focused on leading readers to examine events in their lives that God used to shape them. Unlike other leadership books, this book ministers to the soul. Instead of a bunch of how to's that may or may not be helpful to your ministry context, Reggie McNeal leads readers to evaluate how God has orchestrated life experiences to better prepare you for ministry. This is a great book for people who are sorting out calling or ministry focus.

How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations As Emotional Systems
by Peter Steinke's
Understanding family systems theory is key to understanding the makeup of a congregation and can be quite revealing for the pastor when struggling to navigate change and make progress. Understanding a church's unique family system and the "rules" that come along with this system can give pastors invaluable skills as they seek to lead a congregation. If you are not already familiar with family systems theory we strongly recommend you read this book. As we have attempted to transition our congregation and implement changes, the information found in this book helped to prevent error in the approaches we took.

The In-Between Church: Navigating Size Transitions in Congregations
by Alice Mann
A senior consultant for the Alban Institute, Alice Mann does an excellent job explaining the various stages a church goes through during growth and how a pastor's role will change depending on what size the church is. This is an excellent book for pastors who are evaluating their role or are assessing if a church would be a good fit. Another excellent book by Alice Mann is Can Our Church Live?: Redeveloping Churches in Decline. In this book Mann takes pastors through the steps needed to assess the health of a congregation and develop a strategic plan for pulling the church out of decline.

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Exodus 17:11-13
So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands were heavy.

Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other.

Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.

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