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The Most Influential Books for Ministry

The Call

What book(s) (aside from The Bible) have been the most influential to your ministry and why?  

This question was prompted by Christianity Today's Seminary Grad School website that posted an article, 16 Books That Are Changing Ministry [].  

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*Please note that the authors of the book reviews are responsible for checking their sources and for attributing copyrighted content to the appropriate author.

 The Reading List

The Immoral Church - Submitted by Rebecca Robinson - Chicago, IL

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The Immoral Church by Dr. J. Henry Robinson 

The book is doctrinally sound and deals with reality.

The Purpose Driven Church - Submitted Anonymously

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The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren
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Before reading this book, I had a general picture of how we should "do" church. However, that vision was extremely fuzzy and out of focus. Reading Rick Warren's book brought everything into focus. It was like moving from regular vision to super high definition! It answered a lot of my questions (even ones I didn't know that I had). It provided a new paradigm regarding the church.


A Black Theology of Liberation - Anonymous Contributor

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A Black Theology of Liberation by James Cone

Every black pastor/preacher must read to properly shape their ministry context.

Celebration of Discipline - Submitted by Rory Marshall - Chicago, IL

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Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth By Robert Foster

An Introduction to Christian Ethics Submitted by Audrey Grant - Spartanburg, SC

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An Introduction to Christian Ethics by Roger H. Crook

When God Builds a Church: 10 Principles for Growing a Dynamic Church - Submitted by Anonymous

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When God Builds a Church: 10 Principles for Growing a Dynamic Church by Bob Russell  and Rusty Russell

​The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Submitted by John Wilson, III - Dallas, TX

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

And the Shofar Blew Submitted by James Ellis - Washington, DC

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And the Shofar Blew...a novel, by Francine Rivers

2 Books by Lewis Garnett Jordan Submitted by Cynthia Cooper - Hempstead, NY

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On Two Hemispheres: Bits from the Life Story of Lewis G. Jordon, by Lewis Garnett Jordan
Up the Ladder in Foreign Missions by L.G. Jordan, D.D.