Read This: Book List for Congregational Development

Recommended Reading for Church Innovators


Starting a Fresh Expression?

  • Fresh Expressions of Church, Travis Collins
  • Welcome to Dinner Church, Verlon Fosner
  • We Will Feast, (Dinner Church), Kendall Vanderlice
  • Deep Roots, Wild Branches, Michael Adam Beck
  • A Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions, Michael Adam Beck & Jorge Acevado
  • ReFresh, Michael Moynagh & Rob Peabody


Starting a New Faith Community?

  • Expanding the Expedition Reach with Missional Communities, Rachel Gilmore
  • We Should Get Together: building relationships with busy people, Kat Velos
  • Launch, Nelson Searcy & Kerrick Thomas
  • Flipping Church: How Successful Church Planters Are Turning Conventional Wisdom Upside Down, Michael Baughman (articles from a wide range of practioners)
  • The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker
  • Zero to 80: Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth, Olu Brown
  • Building a Healthy, Multi-Ethnic Church, Mark Deymaz
  • Longing For Spring:  A Wesleyan Vision for Intentional Communities, Elaine Heath & Scott Kisker
  • Get Together, Bailey Richardson, Kai Sotto & Kevin Huynh
  • New Church Handbook: Nuts & Bolts for Planting New Churches in the Wesleyan Tradition, Bob Crossman
  • The Coming Revolution in Church Economics, Mark DeYmaz
  • Fling Open the Doors: starting a new worship service, Paul Nixon

The Art of the Start:


Considering a Merger or Vital Merger? Read This


Seeking Revitalization or Restart?

  • 10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church, Bob Farr & Kay Kotan
  • Building a Story Brand, Donald Miller
  • Leading Change Without Losing It, Carey Nieuwhof
  • A Failure of Nerve, Edwin H. Friedman
  • SHAPE:  Build servant volunteerism into the DNA of your church, Erik Rees
  • A New Day in the City: Urban Church Renewal, Donna Claycomb & Roger Owens