Approved Reading List for Certified Church Administrator Program

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Personnel/Human Resource Management 

Church Compensation by Elaine Sommerville, CPA (2021)
ISBN# 978-1614072430

Staff Development

Tempered Resilience by Tod Bolsinger (2020)
ISBN# 978-0830841646

The Speed of Trust The One Thing that Changes Everything by Stephen Covey M.R. with Rebecca R. Merrill (2006)
ISBN# 0-7432-9730-X

Redeeming Conflicts by Ann Garrido (2016)
ISBN# 978-1594716133

Navigating Conflict: A Guide Through the Storm by Rodney A Harrison and Jeffery A Klick, and Glenn A Miller
ISBN# 978-1086431001

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni (2016)
ISBN# 978-1119209591

Church Staff Evaluation by Joyce Parchman (2001)
ISBN# 0-9705433-1-X

Trust and Betrayal in the Workplace-Building Effective Relationships in Your Organization by  Dennis S. Reina, Ph.D. and Michelle L. Reina, PhD. (2015)
ISBN# 9781576753774

Congregational Leadership

Leadership that Works by Leith Anderson (1999)
ISBN: 1556619944

The Power of Team Leadership by George Barna (2001)
ISBN: 1578564247

Pursuing God’s Will Together by Ruth Haley Barton (2012)
ISBN: ‎ 978-0830835669

The Church Leader’s Answer Book by Rob Bell, Nancy Beach, John Maxwell, Joseph Stowell, Lyle Schaller, James Meeks and Ed Young (2006)
ISBN: 978-1414303543

Thriving in the Second Chair by Bonem, Mike Bonem (2016)
ISBN: ‎ 978-1501814242

Lessons From The Church Boardroom, 40 Insights for Exceptional Governance by Dan Busby and John Pearson (2019)
ISBN: ‎ 978-1949365153

Futuring by Samuel R. Chad and Cecil Murphey (2002)
ISBN: 0801012465

Doing Church as a Team (Revised and Updated)  by Wayne Cordeiro - (2022)
ISBN: 0830736808

LeadshipNext by Eddie Gibbs (2005)
ISBN: 0830832831

Leading the Congregation by by Roger Heuser, and Norman Shawchuck (1993)
ISBN: 0687084202

The Wisdom of Teams by John Katzenbach and Douglas Smith (2003)
ISBN: 0060522003

The Leadership Challenge by James M.Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner (2007)
ISBN: 978-0787984915

Conflict Management in Congregations by David B. Lott (2001)
ISBN: 1566992435

The Present Future by Reggie McNeal (2003)
ISBN: 0787965685

Simply Strategic Volunteers: Empowering People For Ministry  by Tony Morgan and Tim Stevens (2005)
ISBN: 0764427563

Elders in Congregational Life: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership by Phil A. Newton (2005)
ISBN 978-0-8254-3331-3

The Peacemaker by Ken Sande (2004)
ISBN: 0801064856

Facing Messy Stuff in the Church by Kenneth L. Swetland (2005)
ISBN: 0825436966

Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry by Robert H. Welch (2005)
ISBN: 0805431640

Rethinking the Church by James Emery White (1997)
ISBN: 0801090393

Living Your Strengths by Albert L. Winseman, Donald O. Clifton, and Curt Liesveld (2003)
ISBN: 0972263713

Theology of Stewardship

The Generosity Factor by Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy (2002) 
ISBN: 0310246601

Not Your Parents' Offering Plate by J. Clif Christopher (2015)
ISBN:‎ 978-1501804922

The Coming Revolution in Church Economics by Mark Deymaz (2019)
ISBN:‎ 978-0801094798

Generous Saints by James Hudnut-Beumler (1999) 
ISBN: 1566992109

Extraordinary Money by Michael D. Reeves Extraordinary Money (2002) 
ISBN: 0881773794

Creative Giving: Understanding Planned Giving and Endowments by Michael Reeves & Rob Fairly (2005) 
ISBN: 0881774707

Faith & Money: Understanding Annual Giving in Church by Michael D. Reeves and Jennifer Tyler (2004) 
ISBN: 0881774103

Maximize by Nelson Searcy (2010)
ISBN: 978-0801072185 

Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard (2012)
ISBN: 978-0310893134

Property Management

Thy Kingdom Clean by Ron M. Chandler, G. L. Lashley, and Joyce Parchman (2001)
ISBN: 0970543328

The Facility Manager’s Guide to Finance & Budgeting by David Cotts and P. Rondeau Edmond (2007)
ISBN: 0814401597

Churches...Before You Build by William L. Couchenour (2003)
ISBN: 0975363603

Securing Church Operations: A Seven Step Plan for Ministry and Safety Leaders by Simon C. Osamoh (2020)
ISBN: 979-8669676704

Communications & Marketing

Church Communications: Methods and Marketing by Katie Allred (2022)

Rethink Communication: A Playbook to Clarify and Communicate Everything in Your Church by Phil Bowdle (2018)
ISBN# 978-1792064562

Storytelling with Data by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic (2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1119002253

Be Known for Something by Mark McDonald 2021
ISBN:‎ 978-1940024981

Financial Management

Donor-Restricted Gifts Simplified by Dan Busby (2007)
ISBN: 0979191416

Weaving Our Lives Together by Janice Johnson and Ruben Swint (2004)
ISBN: 0-9705433-6-0

Confessions of a Church Felon - Protecting Your Ministry From The Flames Of Fraud by Glenn A. Miller, Jeffery A. Klick, and Rodney Harrison (2015)
ISBN:‎ 978-1514120361

Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry by Joy Skjegstad (2007)
ISBN: 1566993415

Stewardship of Self

Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning by Richard Bullock and Richard J. Bruesehoff (2000)
ISBN: 1566992230

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer (2019)
ISBN: 978-0525653097

Coaching for Christian Leaders: A Practical Guide by Linda J. Miller and Chad W. Hall (2007)
ISBN: 0827205074

Competent Pastor: Skills and Self-Knowledge for Serving Well by Ronald D. Sisk The (2005)
ISBN: 1566993040

Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets by Andy Stanley (2020)
ISBN:‎ 978-0310537083

When It’s Rush Hour All Day Long: Finding Peace in a Hurry-Sick World by John W. Tadlock (2003)
ISBN: 1-56309-770-2

Christian Perspective & Theology of Church

The Shape of Practical Theology by Ray S. Anderson (2001)
ISBN: 0830815597

Practical Theology in Action by Paul Ballad and John Pritchard (1996)
ISBN: 0281057192

Fundamental Practical Theology by Don. A Browning (1991)
ISBN: 0800629736

Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark Deymaz (2007)
ISBN:‎ 978-0787995515

Redeeming Administration by Ann Garrido (2013)
ISBN: 978-1594714283
**All books listed here have been recommended and approved by the Professional Training & Standards (PT&S) Committee. If you have a book you would like to recommend for the list, please send it to