Recommended Resources

Discipleship and leadership are both life-long journeys.  By definition a disciple is a learner.  Biblically, a disciple is someone who is learning to live God’s way by faith in and submission to Jesus.  Discipleship is the process of learning to live God’s way by faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ as you experience the person of Jesus Christ at work in your life.

Leadership is about influence and serving.  It is about using your influence for the benefit of others by serving them with your authority, skills, assets and experience.  Ultimately, leadership is a function of discipleship.  Effective leadership is about using what God has given you to benefit others in the same way that Jesus used his authority to benefit those who believe by dying on the cross to forgive sin and bring us to God.

God has provided dozens maybe even hundreds of resources that have helped me along my discipleship and leadership journey.  I am by no means where I should be, but by the grace of God these resources have been of tremendous help in getting me to where I am today.  I’ve listed the resources by category and attached links for your convenience.  I hope you find these resources as helpful in your journey as I have in mine.


ESV Study Bible (Book)

ESV Thinline Leather Bible (Book)

Doctrine & Theology

Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe by Mark Driscoll (Book)

Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper (Book)

Monergism A great resource for biblical theology (Website)

On the Old Testament by Mark Driscoll (Book)

On the New Testament by Mark Driscoll (Book)


Marriage & Ministry by Brian Loritts (Sermon Audio)

Real Marriage by Mark Driscoll (Book)

Pastor Dad by Mark Driscoll (e-book)

Family Worship by Donald Whitney (Book)

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (Book)

Give them Grace by Elise Fitzpatrick (Book)

The Marriage by Matt Carter (Sermon Audio)

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman (Book)


Good to Great by Jim Collins (Book)

Built to Last by Jim Collins (Book)

How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins (Book)

Great by Choice by Jim Collins (Book)

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni (Book)

The 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell (Book)

The Resurgence (Website)

The World Needs More Elders by P. J. Smyth (PDF)

On Church Leadership by Mark Driscoll (Book)

Leaders Who Last by Dave Kraft (Book)

Evangelism & Discipleship

The Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll (Book)

How the Gospel Moves from Friend to Friend by P. J. Smyth (e-book, PDF, Sermon Series)

Personal Development

Hiding: Courage, Cowardice and the Call by Kevin Cawley (Sermon Audio)

Confessions of a Reformission Rev by Mark Driscoll (Book)

Descending into Greatness by Bill Hybels (Book)

Humilitas by John Dickson (Book)

Michael Hyatt (Website)

Preaching & Teaching

A Word for All Seasons by Mark Driscoll (Sermon Audio)

5 Canons of Rhetoric by Art of Manliness (Articles)

Mills-Wyck Communications (Website/Blog)

Church & Ministry

The Spirit-Filled Church by Terry Virgo (Book)

The Church Planter’s Two Callings by Matt Carter (Sermon Audio)

The Message & The Pattern of Ministry by James MacDonald (Sermon Audio)

Viral Churches by Ed Stetzer (Book)

Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll (Book)

Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer (Book)

A Time to Till, Sow and Reap by Steve Timmis (Sermon Audio)

What resources have helped you grow as a leader or disciple-maker?

  1. October 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Greetings! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your many post on your ministry blog. Looking forward to read other great post on your blog soon. God bless. – Evangelist, Robert Thomas Jr

  2. April 28, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    I’ve enjoyed books and speaking by Dr. Gilbert Bilezekian. He’s one of the founding elders of Willowcreek Community church. He wrote books, Christianity 101, and especially Community 101. I also like .They’ve got a lot of great books, and a blog too.

    • April 29, 2015 at 8:02 AM

      Thanks Cathy! I’m not familiar with cbeinternational. What is that?

  3. April 28, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Oops! .

  1. October 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM


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