Congregational Vitality Resources

Helpful Books


There are many books available on the subject of Congregational Development or individual aspects of it. Some of the best are:

  • Craig Groeschel, It, Grand Rapids, Michigan:Zondervan, 2008

  • Diana Butler Bass, Christianity for the Rest of US: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith, NY, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006

  • Howard Hanchey, From Survival to Celebration: Leadership for the Confident Church,  Boston, Mass: Cowley Publications 1994

  • Edward H. Hammett with James R. Piece, Reaching People under 40 while Keeping People over 60: Being Church for all Generations, St. Louis, Missouri, Chalice Press 2007

  • Scott Wilson, Steering through Chaos: Mapping a clear direction for your church in the midst of transition and change,  Grand Rapids, Michigan:Zondervan 2010

  • C. Kirk Hadaway,  Behold I Do a New Thing: Transforming Communities of Faith,  Cleveland, The Pilgrim Press 2001

  • Susan Scott, Fierce Conversations, New York, New York: Penguin, 2002


Helpful Websites

The Leadership Network

Strategies, programs, tools and resources to identify, connect and help high-capacity Christian leaders multiply their impact.


The Alban Institute

New research-based information and new ways to learn and minister more effectively within and outside faith communities.