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Mentoring Resources and Training Opportunities

Recommended Reading

Barnes, M. Craig. The Pastor as Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009).
Barton, Ruth Haley. Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2006).
Barton, Ruth Haley. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2008).
Beaumont, Susan. How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

Benner, David C. The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2015).
Bloom, Matt. Flourishing in Ministry: How to Cultivate Clergy Wellbeing (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

Bolsinger, Tod. Tempered Resilience: How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2020).

Clinton, Robert J. The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2012).

Cloud, Henry, and John Townsend. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017).

Crouch, Andy. Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2013).

Crouch, Andy. Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2016).

Daniel, Lillian, and Martin B. Copenhaver. This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2009).

DeGroot, Chuck. When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community from Emotional and Spiritual Abuse (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2020).

Dixon, Robert. Together in Ministry: Women and Men in Flourishing Partnerships (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2021).

Friedman, Edwin. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, 10th Anniversary Edition (New York, NY: Church Publishing, 2017).

Hagberg, Janet O. Real Power: Stages of Personal Power in Organizations (Salem, WI: Sheffield Publishing, 2003).

Hamman, Jaco J. When Steeples Cry: Leading Congregations Through Loss and Change (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2006).

Herrington, Jim, R. Robert Creech, and Trisha Taylor. The Leader’s Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2003).

Hester, Richard L., and Kelli Walker-Jones. Know Your Story and Lead with It: The Power of Narrative in Clergy Leadership (Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2009).

Lischer, Richard. Open Secrets: A Spiritual Journey Through a Country Church (New York, NY: Doubleday, 2001).

Nouwen, Henri J. M. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership (Chestnut Ridge, NY: The Crossroad Publishing Co., 1989).

Peterson, Eugene. Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011).

Peterson, Eugene. The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1989).

Peterson, Eugene. The Pastor: A Memoir (San Francisco, CA: HarperOne, 2011).

Reese, Randy, and Robert Loane. Deep Mentoring: Guiding Others on Their Leadership Journey (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2012).

Smith, Gordon T. Called to be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014).

Scazzero, Peter. The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015).

Taylor, Barbara Brown. The Preaching Life (Lanham, MD: Cowley Publications, 1993).

Walling, Terry B. Stuck!: Navigating the Transitions of Life and Leadership (Bloomington, MN: ChurchSmart Resources, 2008).

Willard, Dallas. The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’ Essential Teaching on Discipleship (San Francisco, CA: HarperOne, 2006).

Willimon, William H. Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2016).

Training Opportunities

Pastor Church Resources develops and hosts training opportunities for mentors. When new opportunities are available they will be posted here, as well as on the Network.

Annual Mentoring Survey

Each year, we survey pastors in the mentoring program.