These resources are the top picks of presenter Andee Marks for the November 2012 workshop Shared Ministry: Strategies for Equipping People to Serve.
Cordeiro, Wayne. Doing Church as a Team: The Miracle of Teamwork and How It Transforms Churches. Revised Updated Edition. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2009.
Team-based ministry is a critical component of building an equipping church culture. Cordeiro begins the book with a story about participating in a canoe race that perfectly illustrates the benefits of working as a team. From there, he touches on everything from gifts discovery, to finding a ministry fit, to developing servant-leaders. The principles in this book will apply as easily to a church of 50 as to a church of 5,000.
Mallory, Sue and Brad Smith. The Equipping Church Guidebook. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001.
This is a good resource for churches looking to build an equipping culture and a successful volunteer ministry. Part One focuses on building an equipping ministry vision and culture, walking you through the stages and helping your church transition to equipping vision and values. Part Two centers on building an equipping ministry system by laying relational and strategic foundations, and then building on them an equipping system that gives structure and effectiveness to every aspect of church life.
McKee, Jonathan and Thomas McKee. The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer. Second edition. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2012.
The authors have tapped into their decades of experience with the simple goal of helping congregations recruit, manage, and lead the new breed of volunteers. They'll guide leaders to a clearer understanding of what today's volunteers look like, how they want to get involved, and how leaders can most effectively attract, train, and unleash them with the congregation. This book contains helpful resources, including job descriptions, applications, and interview questions; activities, icebreakers, and team-builders for volunteer meetings; community-building activities; and tips for board retreats and planning sessions.
Wourms, Elizabeth and John Stahl-Wert. The Serving Leader for the People of God: Five Powerful Actions That Will Transform Your Team, Your Church and Your Community. Pittsburgh, PA: SHIP LLC, and The Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, 2011.
This book offers a unique “action approach” to leading by serving others. It sounds paradoxical, but it works—and this book details five behaviors you need to practice to implement servant leadership in your church, organization or home. It includes congregational case stories of the serving leader practices outlined in the book. This book is perfect for those beginning in ministry or a seasoned veteran who would benefit from a reminder of why they are doing what they are doing (and everyone in between).