What I Am Reading…

Something awesome just happened in the practical execution of my ministry day! I was contemplating my need to publish a blog post for this week. As I was trying to develop a coherent thought for the post, I received a phone call. The caller, who was present last night during our Adult Discipleship time, asked me for the name of the book I referenced in my time of teaching. Then I thought, if she wanted to know the name of the book, perhaps others would like to know what I am currently reading, too. Then, bang! I figured, what a great topic for a blog post. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Disciple-Making Pastor by Bill Hull. I have had this book in my library for years and have even used parts of it while researching my dissertation. Hull advances the [biblical] notion that the pastor’s main function is to make disciples who make disciples. He has provided me with lots of good thoughts and even a few suggestions for methodology within the church. 

The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne. I just finished rereading this book. The authors employ this illustration as a way to examine a church’s efforts. They argue that most churches spend too many resources on the structural aid (trellis) and not enough resources on the Kingdom of God/church/Christians (vine). 

Pray for the Flock: Ministering God’s Grace through Intercession by Brian Croft and Ryan Fullerton. This book is a rather small primer on pastoral intercession. It gives the how’s and the why’s, but I am reading it mainly for accountability. If I am to commit myself primarily to the ministry of the Word and to prayer, I need to be reminded as to their importance. 

In the Bible, I am studying in depth the book of 1 Timothy. I am attempting to write a paper/book on deacon ministry, and so I am trying to immerse myself in the main passages concerning deacons. 

As my family has always said, “Readers are leaders!” The corollary also stands: “Leaders are readers!”
In Him,
Pastor Jim