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5 Books That Revolutionized My Ministry

Leadership / Leadership //

I am not a big book reader…actually that’s not entirely true.  Very rarely though will I read a book from cover to cover.  It seems that many “self help” books today are either repetitive or they are a regurgitation of something else out there.  Now don’t get me wrong…I LOVE to read.  Nowadays I mostly read blogs (I have over 100 of them in my reader list).  I have also subscribed to GetAbstract Book Summaries.  Book summaries are a great way to get the point of a book and really decide if you want to go through the whole thing.  It’s kind of like reading an exhaustive version of the back cover.

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Still though, there are some books that I find myself picking up over and over.  I read them almost every year and I constantly draw new things from them.  Here is my list in no particular order. (please note, I did not put the Bible on this list…in my opinion this is a given and everyone should constantly be in the Word.)

  1. Integrity (Henry Cloud)  This book has revolutionized the way that I listen and interact with the people around me.  If you have a habit of exasperating the people around you then this is your book.
  2. Volunteers That Stick (Jim Wideman)  Everyone that knows Jim Wideman knows that he is truly the volunteer whisperer.  This book goes beyond children’s ministry.  The techniques in this book work in just about any volunteer environment.
  3. 5 Dysfunctions of a Team (Patrick Lencioni)  I love the way Lencioni makes his points real.  This book is for anyone who leads a team.
  4. Multipliers (Lis Wiseman and Greg McKeown)  How can you encourage the people around you to work smarter?  This book is awesome for helping you learn how to have a team that functions at 100% of their potential.
  5. Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln (James C Humes)  For anyone that speaks regularly or would like to speak.  This book has truly improved the way I interact with people in a speaking setting.

Runners up include The Effective Executive, Eat That Frog, Leading On Empty, and Deep and Wide.

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About the Author

Joe McAlpine is the Pastor of Share at Northbrook Church. Northbrook is a growing church just outside of Milwaukee WI. He has been in ministry for over a decade, serving in staff leadership at churches ranging in attendance from 500 to 7,000. Prior to his current ministry, Joe had the privilege of leading the children’s ministry at Northview Church, the 5th fastest growing and 85th largest church in America in 2013. In 2009 he created www.joemcalpine.com, a website dedicated to helping leaders in next generation ministry grow spiritually, relationally and organizationally. Joe has a passion to help young leaders of next generation, family based ministries grow into seasoned ministry professionals oftomorrow. Joe lives out his passion for next generation leaders by tapping into his experience as a husband of one, father of four, pastor and life long lover of of learning. Joe has been happily married to his wife Christy for longer than he can remember and has four children, Elijah, Selah, David, and Elisabeth. The McAlpines are originally from the Chicago area. In his spare time you can find him hanging with the family and connecting with as many kidmin people as he can!