So, this summer, I got to read some books with some of the students on our leadership teams.
Last summer, we experimented with reading books together and it provided some really helpful structures for us to think in. On Brad Mullinax's recommendation we read Andy Stanley's 7 Practices of Effective Ministry. We could probably read that every summer and still be blessed. His whole idea of "think steps, not programs" really shaped our conversations about Large Group.
This summer, we read 3 books. Core Group read through Patrick Lencioni's The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Doug Schaupp and Don Everts' I Once Was Lost. With Alex and Sam, our worship leaders, we read Bob Kauflin's Worship Matters.
Lord willing, over the next few days I'll post some snippets on how these books are impacting our conversation about ministry on campus.