Fish Differently Book
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“‘Fishing Differently’ offers an approach that helps churches move away from a maintenance mindset into mission and service. The book offers practical examples, demonstrating how churches can combine strong faith capital with social, human, and intellectual capital to achieve God’s will for them.”

– Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership at Wesley Seminary in Washington D.C., and Senior Consultant, Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Recommended Reading List

  1. The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change
    by Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, David Cooperrider
  2. Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change 
    by David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney
  3. Co-Active Coaching: The Proven Framework for Transformative Conversations at Work and in Life
    by Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, Phillip Sandahl, Laura Whitworth
  4. The Art of Coaching Clergy: A Handbook For Clergy Leaders and Coaches
    by Rev. Chris Holmes
  5. Leadership Coaching: The Disciplines, Skills, and Heart of a Christian Coach
    by Tony Stoltzfush
  6. Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills
    by Tony Stoltzfus
  7. Stengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow
    By Tom Rath and Barry Conchie
  8. Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System for Work and Life
    by J.D. Meier
  9. The Other 80 Percent: Turning Your Church’s Spectators into Active Participants
    by Scott Thumma and Warrant Bird
  10. Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples
    by Thom S. Rainer & Eric Geiger
  11. The Externally Focused Church
    by Rick Rusaw & Eric Swanson
  12. Sustainable Church: Growing Ministry Around the Sheep, Not Just the Shepherds
    by Walt Russell, PH.D.
  13. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
    by Malcolm Gladwell
  14. Using Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation to Mitigate Inequality
    by Thomas S. Lyons, Roger E. Hamlin, Amanda Hamlin
  15. A Spirituality of Fundraising
    by Henry M. Nouwen
  16. Financing American Religion, by Mark Chaves & Sharon L. Miller
  17. The New Parish; How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Communities, by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J. Friesen
  18. Membership Matters: Insights from Effective Churches on New Member Classes and Assimilation, by Church Lawless