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I was just wondering what everyone is reading this summer? I have an unofficial/now official list that I’m working on. And I’m sure a couple of things will be added to it by the end of August. (Sorry for the lack of links–I’m writing this from my phone!)

1. 4/7 of The Chronicles of Narnia series. I’m halfway through Caspian and I can’t believe I’ve never read these before now.

2. The Emotionally Healthy Church by Peter Scazzero. In pursuit of wholeness.

3. The Great Omission. Dallas Willard’s apologetic for discipleship. Sarah and I are reading this together.

4. One The Verge. I’m interested in the apostolic community conversation and this book by Alan Hirsch and Dave Ferguson looks to expand on things nicely.

5. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It’s about President Lincoln’s cabinet and the leadership he exerted to bring them together and function well.

6. Homerun by Kevin Meyers and John Maxwell. Our Executive Team is reading through this leadership book about living a life filled with wins.

Well, there’s mine. What’s yours?

At Pastors.com, Kurt Bubna gives list of 10 non-negotiables for aspiring church planters:

  1. clear call to church planting which is confirmed by other leaders and pastors who know them and have worked closely with them.
  2. supportive spouse and a stable, healthy marriage and family.
  3. A strong emotional resilience. (Without it, they won’t likely survive.)
  4. A heart for evangelism with a proven gift and ability to reach the lost.
  5. capable teacher who is an anointed and gifted communicator.
  6. A proven ability to gather and inspire others.
  7. A demonstrated ability to start something new.
  8. A proven ability to recruit, train and deploy others into ministry.
  9. A demonstrated track record of wisdom in life and in leadership.
  10. teachable heart proven by the ability to take direction and constructive criticism without defensiveness or arrogance.

While I don’t claim to be an expert in missiology, my experience over the last year at The Well supports his post. Every point above is critical to the long-term success of the church and the well-being of the planter.

You can read the entire article here.

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