The Life of JaWS

A blog by Jason Sansbury

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Senior Pastor Reading List

5 books I wish more senior pastors read:
1. “The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning.  It would maybe help pastors who have stuck themselves into the “church as a business” mindset and help them understand that we are all dirty, wretched street urchins who are deeply loved by the Creator of the Universe.  And start proclaiming that message.
2. “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller.  Mainly because they need to understand to some degree how the younger portion of the world is starting to think, challenge and desire.  And Miller’s book is a great place to start.
3. “Dangerous Wonder” by Mike Yacconelli because we all need to regain our sense of awe.  When you are professionally religious, God-talk can overwhelm the God-life part.  
4. “The Wounded Healer” by Henri Nouwen because it takes understands that leadership comes through servanthood and through our wounds, not against them.
5.  The Bible.  I know it is cliché but too many pastors preach stuff they read off websites without ever having to think about it critically, much less what it means to proclaim real truth.  We got too many people preaching the scriptures like they are a textbook and we need more preaching life on life.


At 11:40 AM , Blogger clave said...

I'm with you on the reading list. I think each of those books represent areas where, for lack of a better phrase, many UM ministers have slid off the tracks. Is it the system that creates these types of ministers? Another post I suppose...

At any rate, I agree with your book selections. I think they hit the mark.

Maybe you can throw down a "smart book" list in the future. A pet peeve of mine are ministers who read books that have third grade level depth. If we could add your list to a list of some "heady" books (think Wright or Willard) then maybe we could get somewhere!

At 6:47 PM , Blogger Jason Sansbury said...

That is a great idea on the smart books list.
And there is something to the idea of the system producing some of the issues repeatedly, either by accident or by design.


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