This resource list was developed to supplement the December 2013 workshop, Fulfilled Leadership: Empowering Congregational Leaders through Stillness, Awareness and Playfulness, led by pastor, educator and author Kirk Byron Jones.
Gray, Dave, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo. Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers. Sebastopoal, CA: O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2010.
Gamestorming is a collection of playful strategies and methods for helping groups energetically and creatively engage challenges and create solutions. While the manuscript is not directly addressed to church groups, the exercises in this book are easily adaptable to the congregational setting. Injecting a more creatively exploratory and participatory spirit into church meetings, is one of the great gifts of playfulness for church life gone stale.
Jones, Kirk Byron. Fulfilled: Living and Leading with Unusual Wisdom, Peace, and Joy. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2013.
Fulfilled articulates a new approach for the exhausted leader. This Christian theology of leadership is based on three inner capacities, which every leader already possesses but which most of us simply ignore or disregard: the capacity for stillness, awareness and playfulness. The author examines these capacities and shows the reader how to draw upon them in daily life.
Thurman, Howard. Meditations of the Heart. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1999.
Howard Thurman is one of the most influential thinkers and writers on living with deep authenticity in communion with self, others and God. This collection of 54 of his most well-known meditations features his thoughts on prayer, community, and the joys and rituals of life. The meditations in this book are seasoned by his experience as a pastor.
Revoir, Katherine. Spiritual Doodles and Mental Leapfrogs: A Playbook for Unleashing Spiritual Self-Expression. Boston, MA: Red Wheel Weiser Publishing, 2002.
This workbook contains exercises and games to ignite your rational, analytical and logical (left brain) self and your intuitive, expressive and creative (right brain) self. By using both halves of the brain, the user can achieve deeper introspection and expanded spiritual consciousness. The book begins with an exercise designed to access inner guidance, creating a pathway for finding your own unique formula for self-expression.