To be a leader, one needs to be in tune with a variety of subjects. A person should also read books outside their area of interest or their normal reading plan. A good leader will read no less than 2 or 3 books a month. The minimum anyone can read can continue to maintain a mind that is growing is one book a month. To read is to grow, learn and be able to communicate with people on various levels.
Here are some suggestions of books you need to read before this time next year.
If you are not a disciplined reader, you will eventually put a lid on your leadership. It’s not just about scanning material but retaining the information that is valuable and that could be used down the road. The average person could read a book a month if they would just cut short conversations that have no purpose or add no value. You can also get your reading done waiting in lines, in the doctor’s office, while you are on hold for someone, etc. Think of ways you could improve your reading time, grow your personal library and grow your mind.
Most of the books I read would fall into five categories, built around the word ‘truth’.
T – THOUGHT PROVOKING. These books make me think, challenge me and stretch me as a pastor and leader.
R – RELATIONSHIP BUILDING. These books help me in dealing with people.
U – UNDERSTANDING SCRIPTURE. These books, stretch me to want to learn more about the Word of God. (doesn’t include commentaries which are separate from this list).
T – classify as TE – TESTIMONIES, BIOGRAPHIES. I want to find out what made these folks great. What made them trust God and what caused them to be used by God.
H – HOLINESS. These books are part of what God has used in my life to develop me spiritually.
TESTIMONIES & BIOGRAPHIES:
|Warren Wiersbe||Vance Havner||Ron Dunn|
|G. Campbell Morgan||George Morrison||A. W. Tozer|
|Andrew Murray||Leonard Ravenhill||Alexander Maclaren|
|A. T. Robertson||Kent Hughes||Alan Redpath|
|F. B. Meyer||Stuart Briscoe||Ray Stedman|
|Chuck Swindoll||John Stott||Steve Brown|
|John Hunter||Walter Wangerin, Jr.||Griffith Thomas|
|C. S. Lewis|
|REV magazine||LEADERSHIP JOURNAL||Christianity Today|
|WORLD Magazine||U.S.A. Today|
Michael served as the President of the Large Church Roundtable, the Southern Baptist Convention as an IMB Trustee, President of the Georgia Baptist Convention’s Preaching Conference, Vice President of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and President of the 2008 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference. He has spoken at conferences, colleges, seminaries, rallies, camps, NBA and college chapel services, well as The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. Michael is the recipient of The Martin Luther King Award, The MLK Unity Award, and a Georgia Senate Resolution in recognition of his work in the community and in racial reconciliation.
Michael and his wife, Terri, have two grown daughters, Erin and Hayley.