The Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All the Answers David Hanson (IVP) What a wonderful guide to the heart of the pastor's mission, packed with honest stories and profound insights.
Working the Angles Eugene Peterson (Eerdmans) Peterson's series of books on "vocational holiness"Â are essential reading. Start here and read them all.
The Unnecessary Pastor: Rediscovering the Call Eugene Peterson & Marva Dawn (Eerdmans) A fabulous and provocative bit of Biblical study on ministry. Wise and well written, this is a fantastic book.
AquaChurch: Essential Leadership Arts for Piloting Your Church in Today's Fluid Culture Leonard Sweet (Group) A truly creative and energizing book looking at the postmodern setting and seeking to do ministry in ways that are faithful to our call and our cultural context. Hold on for the ride!
Community of the King Howard Snyder (IVP) One of the many great books on the Biblical basis and nature of the local church. Obviously an essential topic to be studying!
Calling & Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life William Willimon (Abingdon) One of the most respected mainline clergy gives us solid Biblical teaching on the meaning and demands of the ordained life. Wonderfully written and timely.