This past year I began hosting a monthly book club with the leaders (mostly elders) of my congregation aimed at theological and biblical development, conversation starters for ministry, and growing in a shared, cohesive vision for our church. This was a new idea for our church, but it seemed to have gone well. For year one I was aiming mostly at what church life and mission looks like. We’ll pick up again in September for year two. Below are the books we read together.
Devoted to God’s Church: Core Values for Christian Fellowship, Sinclair Ferguson.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, Timothy Keller.
On the Incarnation (with preface by C. S. Lewis), Athanasius.
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (with introduction by Robert Godfrey), John Calvin.
Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution, Carl Trueman.
The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything, Colin Marshall & Tony Payne.
Four Views on the Church’s Mission, Jonathan Leeman, Christopher Wright, John Franke, & Peter Leithart.
Talking About Race: Gospel Hope for Hard Conversations, Isaac Adams.