Martin, Kevin “The Future of the Small Church”  (, accessed November 14, 2004)  This is a review of Kennon Callahan’s  “Small, Strong Churches.”  (Jossey-Bass, 2001)  which says that small churches are fundamentally different than large churches, and can be healthy and strong without having an abundance of members.

McGukin, Frank (ed) Volunteerism  (NY:  The H.W. Wilson Co, 1998)  This is a collection of speeches on the topic of finding and keeping volunteers in social service organizations external to the church.  It reads like a collection of current events articles and is dated at points, it does provide insight into how the best organizations gain and keep their best workers.

Malphus, Aubrey  Developing a Vision for Ministry in the 21st Century.  Describes the leader as a player-coach, whose job it is to form and focus the team.

Neil Earle  “The Night We Sushied the Sharks”  (, accessed October 01, 2004)  Earle says we need to reach unbelievers where they really live.

O’Hannigan,  Patrick “What Hollywood Can Teach Christians About Their Hymns” (, accessed November 18, 2004) Father O’Hannigan says that “Hollywood understands that religious music is a teaching tool. Every hymn is a response to God’s call, but (among other things) good hymns do not mistake you or me for God.”

Parks, Sharon Daloz, Big questions, worthy dreams : mentoring young adults in their search for meaning, purpose, and faith, (San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass/Wiley, c2000) Parks describes mentoring as a process where those being taught come to understand how to deal with the questions of life and faith in a way that prevents despair and trains them to orient their lives so as to achieve “worthy dreams.”

Peters, Tom The Pursuit of WOW! (New York:  Vintage Press/Random House, 1994)  Peters is one of my favorites for vignette books; there is not a consistent plot in this book, but rather a running collection of ideas (210 of them) centered around the theme of absolutely astonishing your customers so that they will buy your products every time.  He talks the vision thing, the organizational thing, and how to really do customer service.  But what I most like is his understanding of what the leader must do. “The number one leadership skill is the ability to develop others.”  He says that the best leaders remove barriers that are keeping their employees from doing their absolute best.  This book is almost certainly at your library.

Reid, Alvin, Radically Unchurched (Grand Rapids, MI:  Kregel Publications, 2002)  An extremely practical theologian (and seminary professor), Reid has his finger on the pulse of society and solid suggestions on how the church must reframe itself to react to people who have no clue as to what we do or why we do it.

Rogers Everett M., Diffusion of Innovations  (New York: Free Press, First edition 1962, Fourth edition 1995). Rogers, as a result of his observations, divides the population into five categories — the Innovators (2.5%), the Early Adopters (13.5%), Early Majority (34%), Late Majority (34%), Laggards (16%). If you want to bring about effective change in any institution, society, etc., it is important to identify the Innovators and Early Adopters and work with them, the others will follow, although the Laggards will be curmudgeons about it every inch of the way. These proportions and groupings are pretty constant whatever the circumstance.

Scalia, Father Paul, “Ritus Narcissus: Why Do We Sing of Ourselves and Celebrate Ourselves?”  (, accessed November 18, 2004)  Father Scalia wrote this blistering repudiation of modern church music to say that worship (the mass) is about dialoguing with God, and songs that talk to one another (“Come to the table of plenty”) focus too much on our actions and not about the actions of God for us, to us and with us.



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