Evangelist Lesly D. Lindsey
District Missionary
A District in the Fourth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia 
Elder Donald J. General, Jr. D.Min.
District Superintendent
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I truly thank God for my wife, an avid reader (and Kindle owner) who has displayed great personal and spiritual growth through reading.  My wife has mastered the art of effective reading; meaning, she places into practice what she reads and selects books that help her achieve her goal of being a better Christian and leader of God's people. We should all aspire to do the same. 

In concert with my wife, I am a firm believer that leaders need to be in a state of continuous learning. Whether formally or informally we should constantly be "studying to show ourselves approved unto God ". Whether reading books, listening to podcasts, watching videos, or which ever delivery system works best, leaders must be constantly and consistently learning; about themselves, others, how to more effectively use their spiritual gifts, and studying how to become more efficient and effective in their field of leadership (pastor, evangelist, missionary, lay-leader).

In an effort to promote continous growth in our District I am presenting this reading list.  I urge you to try and complete the readings at your leisure.  After completing them, drop First Lady and I an email and provide your testimony. Tell us what you thought of the book and how it enabled you to become both a more effective leader and better Christian.
Leading With a Limp: Turning Your Struggles Into Strengths by Dan Allender.
Why read the book? The primary reason is to acknowledge that every leader struggles with weaknesses. Better to employ these as allies rather than overcompensate for them, or deny them. He encourages pastors to acknowledge their deep wounds, lifelong limps, and inner weaknesses, and in so doing allow God to use these to strengthen our walk with Him, and ultimately our character.  One point to note: This book should not be used to excuse immaturity or passive leadership.
Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results 
by Lovett Weems & Thomas Berlin.
Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell.
I absolutely love this book!  Most people do not realize that in addition to being a leadership guru and best-selling author who has written over 60 books, John C. Maxwell is also a pastor and understands like you that our response to failing is as important as our successes.  A great read, for all members, that you will re-visit over and over.
This is a perfect book for pastors, it urges us to focus on the fruit of our ministries.  Weems and Berlin outline not only the godly principles of bearing fruit but also present practical ways of attaining a fruitful ministry and develop fruitful leadership.
Great Leaders Grow by Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller.
The book starts off with a simple reminder that our ability to lead is dependent upon our ability to grow. Without consistently developing our leadership abilities, we stagnate… as do the teams we lead. Using the simple acronym GROW: Gain Knowlege, Reach Out to Others, Open Your World, and Walk Toward Wisdom the authors provide a pragmatic plan to achieve growth, ultimately making us more effective leaders.
"And they remembered that God was their rock..." Psalm 78:35
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Things I Wish I'd Known Before We  Got Married by Gary Chapman.
Okay Saints, the wife suggested this one.  Let's just say you and I will have to read this one together and definitely provide her the feedback!
Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer.
Beloved author and minister, Joyce Meyer shows readers how to change their lives by changing their minds.  Seems like I read this before in Romans 12:2.  Anyway, she teaches how to deal with thousands of thoughts that people think every day and how to focus the mind the way God thinks. And she shares the trials, tragedies, and ultimate victories from her own marriage, family, and ministry that led her to wondrous, life-transforming truth--and reveals her thoughts and feelings every step of the way.
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