Churches don’t grow without growing leaders.
If we don’t take in truth, we can’t give it out. Over the years at Saddleback, I’ve developed a habit of reading myself out of a rut. When I’m struggling to figure out what’s next or to break past a growth barrier, I’ve leaned into reading before taking my next big step. Few habits will help you in ministry as much as a regular diet of reading.
Every profession has its tools. You can’t be a doctor without a stethoscope. You can’t be a carpenter without a hammer and a saw. The minister’s tools are his books. We’re in the feeding, leading, and communicating business. Reading helps us do that more effectively.
With the new year just a few days away, it’s a good time to start a new reading habit.
But what kind of books should a Christian leader read?
I agree with James Bryce, who is credited with saying, “Life is too short to spend it reading inferior books.”
Here are nine ways you can find a jewel amid all the books out there.
1. Start with the author.