March and April Reviews
For these courses I read:
- The Power of Vision by Barna
- Spiritual Leadership by Blackaby
- Lead Like Jesus by Blanchard and Hodges
- The Christian Educator’s Handbook for Adult Education by Gangel and Wilhoit
- Developing the Leader Within You by Maxwell
Each of these books were very valuable in the information they contain. I would recommend Maxwell’s book to anyone in leadership, but the other three leadership books were specifically helpful to those in the church. I could see a church staff reading Barna’s book together over a period of transition. Lead Like Jesus could be used likewise, or by a group of deacons, just looking to develop more of a servant-leadership within the church. I highly recommend Blackaby’s work to pastors.
Gangel and Wilhoit might be a bit too much of a textbook for your small group leaders and lay teachers to get into. However, for those looking to understand adult education in depth, it was very good. I appreciated it for its linking of many disciplines like sociology and psychology to the practice of teaching.
Now, I hope to have a little time to read some of the books on my list before I get the doctoral syllabi for the summer seminars.