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Last week I had the chance to hang out with my friend Heather Zempel the Discipleship Pastor at National Community Church.  Heather has a strong passion for group life and is a great thinker in the area of discipleship.  When she first went on staff at NCC her lead pastor Mark Batterson empowered her to think through how discipleship should best be accomplished.  This led her on a quest to study church history and discover how the church has grown disciples down through the ages.  Her insights are facinating and in this short video she gives an overview of what she learned on this journey.  Trust me you will enjoy the content in this brief clip.  Also Heather has captured these lessons in dyanmic new workbook that has just been released with Lifeway titled Sacred Roads.  If you’re looking for a fresh new study for your small group give Sacred Roads a try.  Make sure you check out  Heathers blog by CLICKING HERE and follower her on twitter @heatherzempel.

On My Bookshelf

December 11, 2009 - Mac Lake - Book

I have a friend who every time he sees me asks, “So what are you reading?”  He doesn’t ask for accountability reasons, he asks because he’s really interested.  I love running into him because I know the quesiton is coming and this keeps me accountable to continue reading and growing.  So today I want to share with you what I am currently reading.  I’ve also included a bonus link with each book if you want to explore the book or the subject further.

Leaders at All Levels, by Ram Charan.  This is actually my second reading of this book this year.  This has become one of my favorite leadership development books.  I’m having my Leadership Development Coaching group read it as a part of the process we are working through.  Check out an excerpt from this book at THIS LINK.

It’s Okay To Be The Boss, Bruce Tulgan.  I currently have my Team (The Develop Team) reading this book together.  I have to be honest, I don’t agree with everything Tulgan espouses about leadership but because I disagree it’s forcing me to think through and defend what I believe about my leadership system.  Check out this video of Bruce sharing his top finding after years of studying management CLICK HERE.

Relational Intelligence, Steve Saccone.  A friend highly recommended this book to me (I wonder what he was trying to tell me???)  I’m halfway through and really enjoying this read.  Beginning in January I’m taking six young staff members from Seacoast through this book.  This book comes with a free online assessment you can check it out at this LINK.  Download a FREE chapter at this LINK.

Activate, Nelson Searcy.  If you are looking for a well thought out small group system this is a great read.   I am currently reading this book along with our All Access Interns.  I must say it has generated some lively discussion.  We have found points in the book that have really challenged us and some that we totally disagree with.  But even if you don’t agree with everything in the book Searcy’s well thought out system will inspire you to put together a systemactic approach to your small group ministry.  Read more about what Nelson has to say about small groups at the following LINK.

What Got You Here Wont Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith.  One of my mentors Ray Snyder, who is an Executive Coach, highly recommended this book to me a couple of weeks ago.  I’m just now getting into it, but he told me he requires every CEO he coaches to read this book.  Enough said…I bought it!  Want more on this check out this 13 page interview with Goldsmith at this LINK.

What are you reading right now?

We’ve all heard it said, and it is so true… Leaders are readers.  If you want to continue to grow as a leader then you must always have a book by your bedside, in your car, in your briefcase and in your bathroom.  But if you’re strapped for cash and can’t run down to Barnes and Nobel to refresh your library check out the first three on this list for some FREE reads!

  • Heard all the buzz about Seth Godins book Tribes, but still haven’t read it yet?  Here’s your chance to download it FREE.  Just click on THIS LINK and start reading within minutes!  If you are a leader and want to increase your influence in this new day and age you have to read this book.
  • On his blog Lead Change Group Mike Henry shared a link to a free audio download of the book Tribal Leadership.  Read Mike’s review of the book HERE and then download it free HERE.
  • Melanie posted a link this week on one of my posts with this little piece of gold for your worship leaders.  This is a 72 page research paper by Joel French entitled Worship Leader Mentorships.  In this paper French gives some great detail about mentoring young worship leaders.  You can GET IT HERE FREE.  Thanks Melanie!
  • And finally WWBR – What Would Bill Read?  Here is Bill Hybels recommending reading list for leaders.  CLICK HERE print and post this list by your computer and over the next 2 years start checking off the list as you read them one by one.  This would be a great personal leadership development plan for any leader.

Are there other free book resources for leaders that you’re aware of?  Share the wealth and let me know