Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | December 30, 2005

My top 5 books from 2005 (part 1)

Recently a friend asked me to list my top books for 2005 and it was a surprisingly difficult task to pinpoint just a few titles to recommend. Never an easy task, but I’ll begin here with the first of the five titles I chose (in no particular order!)

prevailing_church.jpgThe Prevailing Church: An Alternative Approach to MinistryThis provides a good insight into another church growth paradigm. I found it refreshing because it combines the ‘heart’ of spiritual dynamics with a healthy regard for the ‘mind’ of planning and process. Even if you don’t find all the advice useful, the writer includes some powerful stories about leadership and change.

Here’s a taster from the opening chapter:

A prevailing church models such a dynamic spirit of worship and servanthood that she becomes a magnet for people needing help. Such a church is a place where insincere people tend to fall away and sincere people long to belong. And most important, it is a place where nonbelievers find Christ and grow to spiritual maturity. To put it another way, it’s a place where the presence of God’s power is demonstrated by such force that the community in which it exists is marked with an indelible spiritual imprint.

I’ll continue to post details of the other titles over the next week or two. But in the meantime, what were your top reads from 2005?


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