Jerry Chip MacGregor is senior pastor at Southwood Park Church (Evangelical Free) in Portland, Oregon. A Ph.D. in organizational development, he consults with pastors and executives seeking clarity in their understanding of their organizations. LEADERSHIP asked him to identify the most helpful books on purpose and direction.

Increasing Your Boardroom Confidence by Bobb Biehl and Ted Engstrom, Questar, 1988

The best place to begin, this book offers a thorough, step-by-step approach to church leaders in need of a master plan. The appendixes (including "30 Questions to Ask Yourself before Making Major Decisions," "A Crisis Checklist," and "The Recruitment Process") add greatly to the worth of the book. I'm currently using this book as a training tool with my church board, and it's been well received.

Leading and Managing Your Church by Carl F. George and Robert E. Logan, Revell, 1988

Henry Ford once said he had only to look at the church's survival as proof of God's existence. Hardly a compliment ...

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