I’m putting together a leadership curriculum for the student leaders in my campus ministry. For good or for ill, I’m staying away from how-to books (though there are some good ones) and instead provoking a deeper level of reflection about servant-leadership and Christian formation. Here’s what I’m toying with (yes, I know it’s a long list)…but I want to hear what else you would recommend for emerging leaders, spiritual formation, and vocational discernment.
I’m definitely starting with The Paraclete Psalter for spiritual formation throughout the year. This excellent prayerbook arranges the Psalms (NIV) into morning, midday, evening, and night over a four week cycle, with prayers and reflections included. I think this will be an extremely helpful gateway into establishing a regular prayer cycle, and a gateway resources like the BCP 1979.
Here’s the lengthy list I’ve put together (in no particular order) of where we might go next. I’ve read almost all of these (the Peterson is the one exception), and I know I must be missing some more good ones. Please share what you think in the comments!
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship and Life Together
Daniel Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology
Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale
William Willimon, Calling and Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life
Mark Oakley, The Collage of God
Eugene Peterson, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ
Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace
Elaine Heath, The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision of Christian Outreach
Shane Claiborne, Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
Rowan Williams, Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another
Edward Hays, St George and the Dragon and the Quest for the Holy Grail (or another of his excellent parable collections)
Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
What books would you teach to your leaders?
What would college student leaders benefit the most from?