A Reading List for Pastors in 2020

In 2020, we’re going to eat less, exercise more, and put down that phone. As a church, we’re going to balance the budget, increase attendance, and offer more programs. These resolutions are all worthy pursuits, but what if, as pastors and leaders in our churches, we set our eyes a little bit higher for the New Year? 

Following the hope and possibility celebrated at Christmastime, the turning of the calendar inspires reflection and for many, a desire for real change. What better occasion for the church to pray big prayers and tackle some of the most pressing issues facing today’s church and its congregations?

Tyndale offers a variety of resources covering a wide range of topics that will challenge and transform your leadership and your church for the next year and beyond. In 2020, don’t just read more. Lead more.


Lead . . . for God’s Sake
No matter where you’re at in your pastoral career, you’ll enjoy this unforgettable story. It’s packed with profound truths that will challenge you to think deeply about who you are as a church leader, what success truly means, and why you do what you do. It’s unlike any leadership book you’ve ever read.

Find Your Way
Pastors are a unique group of leaders—simultaneously serving as teachers, counselors, financial officers, program directors, and scholars. In many ways, serving as a church leader is just as challenging as leading a large business. That is why Carly Fiorina’s journey from starting out as a secretary to the eventual first female CEO of a Fortunate 500 company will resonate with so many pastors. Despite the seemingly different career choices, Carly offers practical tools and skills any leader can use to help overcome fear and procrastination, make smart decisions, and use problems to propel their church forward.


Real-Life Discipleship
One of the greatest callings a pastor has is to go and make disciples. In today’s changing church and cultural landscape, it also continues to be one of the greatest challenges. Jim Putman’s Real-Life Discipleship outlines what should happen in every Christian, every small group, and every church to build and sustain an army of believers. Pastors will be equipped with the proven tools and strategies from Real Life Ministries, one of America’s fastest-growing churches.   

Join Scott Sauls, pastor and teacher, as he takes you on a journey through 21 meditations to inspire the active pursuit of God’s love through expanding your circle of friends. Scott challenges you to overcome insecurities and the tendency to crave comfort and to instead seek diverse friendships that can enrich your life and the lives of others. 

Christian Life

The number of churchless adults in the US has grown by nearly one-third in the past decade, but many claim to be looking for a genuine, powerful encounter with God. How can today’s pastors and church leaders better reach them? Churchless contains new research from the Barna Group and is edited by bestselling authors George Barna and David Kinnaman.

Counter Culture
Drawing on compelling personal accounts from around the world, David Platt presents an unapologetic yet winsome call for Christians to faithfully follow Christ into the cultural battlefield in ways that will prove both costly and rewarding. As difficult conversations about poverty, marriage, abortion, racism, and religious liberty continue in our homes, workplaces, and schools, this book can help churches and their leaders respond.

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