Congregational Growth and Development: Books & References

Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

Whitney, Diana Kaplin and Amanda Trosten-Bloom. 2010. The power of appreciative inquiry : A practical guide to positive change. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Whitney, Diana Kaplin, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, and Kae Rader. 2010. Appreciative leadership : Focus on what works to drive winning performance and build a thriving organization. New York: McGraw-Hill.


Community Organizing

Freedman, Samuel.  1994.  Upon this Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church. New York: Harper Perennial.

Gecan, Michael.  2006.  Going Public. Anchor Books.

___________. 2008. Effective Organizing for Congregational Renewal. Skokie, IL: ACTA Publications.

Krehbiel, Jeffrey.  2010.  Reflecting with Scripture on Community Organizing.  Skokie, il; ACTA Publications.

Pierce, Gregory F. A. 2010.  The World as It Should Be: Living Authentically in the Here-and Now Kingdom of God.  Chicago: Loyola Press.


Family Systems Theory

Friedman, Edwin H. 1985. Generation to generation : Family process in church and synagogue. The guilford family therapy series. New York: Guilford Press.

Steinke, Peter L. 2006. Congregational leadership in anxious times : Being calm and courageous no matter what. Herndon, Va.: Alban Institute.

________. 2010. A door set open : Grounding change in mission and hope. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute.



Goleman, Daniel. 1998. What makes a leader. Harvard Business Review: 10.

________. 2000. Leadership that gets results. Harvard Business Review:

Goleman, Daniel and Richard Boyatzis. 2008. Social intelligence and the biology of leadership. Harvard Business Review: 7.

Heifetz, Ronald A. and Donald L. Laurie. 1997. The work of leadership. Harvard Business Review: 14.

Heifetz, Ronald A., and Marty Linsky. Leadership on the Line.  Cambridge: Harvard Business School, 2002.

Heifetz, Ronald A., Marty Linsky and Alexander Grashow. The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World. 

Boston: Harvard Business Press, 2009.

Schwartz, Tony and Catherine McCarthy. Manage your energy, not your time. Harvard Business Review: 10.