Leadership Resources

Leadership ResourcesLeaders influence others, and God uniquely gifts women to accomplish His purposes! Christian leaders influence people to follow Christ whatever their situation and wherever God puts them. We provide material to encourage, equip, and inspire ordained and lay women, whether they are formal or informal leaders in their church, to bring Christ to those near and far. Leadership resources fall into two categories: 

  1. Support for emerging leaders through print, video, and digital media resources. The resources will have insights and tools for identifying and supporting emerging leaders across the spectrum of church ministry. 
  2. Equipping effective biblical leaders with emphasis on biblical models, strategies, and tactics.

Leadership is less an acquired trait than a learned skill. The Women's Resource Council will vet and post resources related to:

  • Biblical models of leadership.
  • Leadership functions such as casting a vision, delegating roles and tasks, and providing oversight and direction.
  • Leadership models and strategies for ministries such as discipleship, evangelism, and administration.
  • Principles of group dynamics and development, including stages of group/relationship development and how to facilitate godly norms.
  • Character traits of Christian leaders.
  • Mentor training and development.

ENDORSED RESOURCES 

 

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Tim Keller, 2 Timothy

Overcoming Your Shadow Mission
John Ortberg

The challenges, isolation, and relentless demands of leadership can inspire a variety of fears in the heart of a leader, but Ortberg writes that the greatest fear leaders face is not something that might happen to them, but something that can happen in them. He describes this menacing fear as "mission" (the highest purpose to which God calls us) and shadow mission (an authentic mission that has been derailed, often in imperceptible ways).

Women in Ministry REAL Training Guide

REAL Training Guide: Reaching, Equipping, Advancing, Leading
EPC Women's Ministries

The REAL Training Guide is The Well's primary Endorsed Leadership Resource, and was designed that women in the EPC might be equipped to serve and lead to the glory of God. Topics in REAL include "Why We Do What We Do," "The Soul of a Leader," "Essentials for Women in Ministry," "Tools for Ministry," and "Designing a Ministry." REAL is available at EPC Resources.

Click here to download individual chapters of the REAL 2.0 Training Guide in pdf format.

COMMENDED RESOURCES 

 

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Neil Anderson, Renewing Your Mind

The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society
Henri J.M. Nouwen

This hope-filled and profoundly simple book speaks directly to men and women who want to serve their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Filled with examples from everyday experience, The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.

OTHER RESOURCES 

 

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Leith Anderson, Leadership That Works

Leadership that Works: Hope and Direction for Church and Parachurch Leaders
Leith Anderson

Leith Anderson's preaching, vision, and leadership have guided his church through a process of change and growth, putting it on the cutting edge to meet the spiritual needs of its people. His counsel is sound, practical, and full of hope to pastors, church leaders, and lay Christians. Christianity Today selected this book as its top pick in the Church/Pastoral Leadership category for 2000.

Neil Anderson, Renewing Your Mind

The Power of Team Leadership: Finding Strength in Shared Responsibility
George Barna

In this book, noted researcher George Barna demonstrates the difference lay-team leadership can make in a church’s ministry. Based on Barna’s latest national studies, the book sets forth clearly what churches need to know in order to recruit, train, and deploy lay leadership teams for maximum effectiveness in the Kingdom of God.

Neil Anderson, Renewing Your Mind

Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer
J. Oswald Sanders

With more than 1 million copies sold, this book stands as a proven classic for developing talented, vigorous leaders in the church who are guided by and devoted to Jesus Christ. Sanders presents the key principles of leadership in both the temporal and spiritual realms, illustrating his points with examples from Scripture as well as biographies of Moses, Nehemiah, Paul, David Livingstone, Charles Spurgeon, and others.

Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Myths, and the Art of Battling Giants
Malcolm Gladwell

In this book, Malcolm Gladwell draws upon history, psychology, and powerful story-telling to reshape the way we think of the world around us and challenge how we think about obstacles and disadvantages.

Bill Hybels, Courageous Leadership

Courageous Leadership: Field-Tested Strategy for the 360-Degree Leader
Bill Hybels

In this book, Bill Hybels unpacks the tools, tasks, and challenges of your calling and helps you discover the power of vision and how to turn it into action.

John C. Maxwell, Developing the Leaders Around You

Developing the Leaders Around You: How to Help Others Reach Their Full Potential
John C. Maxwell

In this book, renowned leadership coach John C. Maxwell explains the greatest leadership principle he has ever learned: That those closest to the leader will determine the success level of that leader. 

John C. Maxwell, Leadership 101

Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know
John C. Maxwell

No matter who you are, you can lead—and lead well. In this book, John C. Maxwell offers a succinct and inspiring framework for enhancing the leadership abilities you already possess.

John C. Maxwell, Developing the Leader Within You

Developing the Leader Within You
John C. Maxwell

In this book, John C. Maxwell provides helps to equip you to improve your leadership and inspire others. God has called every believer to influence others, to be salt and light, and the timeless principles in this best-seller will bring positive change in your life and in the lives of those around you.

Peter Northouse, Leadership Theory and Practice

Leadership: Theory and Practice
Peter G. Northouse

Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and institutions worldwide, this book provides presents a wide range of leadership research in a clear, concise, and interesting manner. Each chapter includes three case studies that provide readers with practical examples of the theories discussed.

Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
Simon Sinek

In the U.S. Marine Corps, officers eat last. What's symbolic in the mess hall is deadly serious on the battlefield: Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort—even their own survival—for the good of those in their care. In this book, Sinek describes how the best workplaces foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build a "Circle of Safety" that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside.

Neil Anderson, Renewing Your Mind

Rare Leadership: 4 Uncommon Habits for Increasing Trust, Joy, and Engagement
Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder

Healthy teams begin with healthy leaders, and at the heart of this dynamic is emotional maturity—the quality the greatest leaders possess. In this book, Warner and Wilder explain how you can be equipped to lead joy-filled, emotionally mature, relationally connected teams.

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