Administrative Basics: Reading Is a Must

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA

As leaders, sometimes we forget that one of the most important things we can do is continue to learn. In an age where continuing education budgets are being slashed, we need to find creative ways to learn as much as we can on a tight budget. Books have always been a great way to enjoy the benefits of some of the best leaders, even if you can’t travel to hear them in person.

This summer I had a lot of awesome time, mostly on airplanes, to read. I read books for fun, books for work, and books for growth. Here is my list of the best… enjoy! – Micah

  1. A Year Without a Purchase by Scott Dannemiller
  2. Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner
  3. Rhythms of Grace Year 1: Worship and Faith Formation for Children and Families with Special Needs –
  4. Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age –
  5. Small Groups for the Rest of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes –
  6. QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life –
  7. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

My to-be-read shelf is always growing. I am really excited about some recent additions from my book shelf that I have not gotten the chance to read yet…

  1. Grounded by Diana Butler Bass – I had the privilege of hearing Diana at “The Church Network” Annual Conference this summer. My signed copy of Grounded is waiting to be read and I can’t wait to dive in!
  2. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander – This one came highly recommended on the topic of racial justice.
  3. Be Known for Something: Reconnect with Community by Revitalizing Your Church’s Reputation – Written by my friend, Mark MacDonald, I can’t wait to dive into this one!

All in all, reading should be part of leaders DNA. Some leaders claim to read as many as 2 books a week or as much as 3 hours a day in non-required reading. (1) I urge you to build a habit of reading to grow the skills of administration and leadership that you will need and want for yourself and for your church.

Sources:

1 – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-merle/the-reading-habits-of-ult_b_9688130.html

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