Lifelong Learning: Recommended Books for Ministry

In the best tradition of books to recommend for ministry, I’ve tried to gather some suggestions from colleagues, which I’m passing along to you and for your pastors, without comment, judgment, and with barely any editing.  These are books that have made an impression on our readers lately, and it is not, necessarily, a list of the best of the best, though I believe some are among the best.  If you deem this worth the effort, and if we don’t get overly criticized for our choices, there’ll be more next time.

Those who contributed, and to whom we owe thanks, are Ron Clouzet, Esther Knott, Derek Morris, John Nixon, Nik Satelmajer, and Walt Williams.  Happy reading!


  • Keith Anderson and Randy Reese, Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction
  • Brother Andrew, John & Elizabeth Sherrill, God’s Smuggler (35th anniv. ed)
  • James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
  • John Blanchard and Dan Lucarini, Can We Rock the Gospel?: Rock Music’s Impact on Worship and Evangelism
  • Alejandro Bullón, The Invitation: True Stories that Will Change Your Life
  • Hayley DiMarco, Sexy Girls: How Hot Is Too Hot?
  • Kenneth Gangel, Surviving Toxic Leaders: How to Work for Flawed People in Churches, Schools, and Christian Organizations
  • Dannah Gresh, Secret Keeper: The Delicate Power of Modesty
  • Alex and Brett Harris, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations
  • George Knight, The Apocalyptic Vision and the Neutering of Adventism
  • Skip McCarty, In Granite or Ingrained: What the Old and New Covenants Reveal About the Gospel, the Law, and the Sabbath
  • Watchman Nee, The Spiritual Man
  • Steve Ogne, Tim Roehl, and Ed Stetzer, Transmissional Coaching
  • Roger Olson, The Story of Christian Theology
  • Jon Paulien, Armaggedon at the Door
  • John Piper, A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer
  • Doug Powell, Guide to Christian Apologetics
  • Quentin Schultze, An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue
  • Steve Sjogren, Conspiracy of Kindness: A Unique Approach to Sharing the Love of Jesus
  • Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson, Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can Too
  • Richard Swenson, Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives
  • Brian Williams, The Potter’s Rib: Mentoring for Pastoral Formation
  • Marvin Wilson, Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith
  • N. T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
  • N. T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
  • Ravi Zacharias, Living the Faith We Defend


  • Ellen G. White, Gospel Workers
  • Ellen G. White, Pastoral Ministry
  • Ellen G. White, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing
  • Ellen G. White, Testimonies to Ministers


Ron E. M. Clouzet, D.Min.
NADEI Director
Prof. of Christian Ministry and Pastoral Theology
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI 49104, USA


Ministerial Association Secretary
North American Division, Seventh-day Adventist Church
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904, USA

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