Recommended Readings

God's Armorbearer By Terry Nance


Each born-again believer has something unique to offer the Body of Christ. The success of the Church depends on all of its parts. Everyone in the Local Church should carry the spirit of an Armorbearer. It is the heart of a servant. To be the greatest in the Kingdom is to be servant to all.

The Associate Pastor by Martin E. Hawkins


Like the second-chair position in an orchestra, a well-prepared associate pastor complements and harmonizes with the senior pastor's ministry to create an exquisite symphony. Yet more often than not, we consider the position of “second fiddle” second rate. 

Shoulder to Shoulder by Dan Reiland


Pastors can never have too much support. In Shoulder to Shoulder…, Dan Reiland, Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY, helps laypeople understand the unique challenges a pastor faces, allowing them to make a positive difference in the pastor's life as well as the congregation's. John Maxwell, former senior pastor of Skyline Wesleyan

Boundaries for Leaders by Henry Cloud


In Boundaries for Leaders, clinical psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Henry Cloud leverages his expertise of human behavior, neuroscience, and business leadership to explain how the best leaders set boundaries within their organizations—with their teams and with themselves—to improve performance and increase employee and customer satisfaction…

Leading from the Second Chair by Mike Bonem and Roger Patterson


LEADING FROM THE SECOND CHAIR will raise awareness of the need for strong leaders in secondary positions. It will describe the value they can bring to their organization and to primary leaders when they are serving at their full potential. It will reshape the way they view their role, with an emphasis on their own responsibility as leaders.

Success for the Second in Command by Billy Hornsby


Too often people have the mentality that second place means second class. Pastor Billy Hornsby sets out to debunk that mentality by showing there are many benefits in being second in command. Hornsby explains that what makes the number-two position difficult is often caused by the environment we grow up in. Everyone is subordinate to someone—some board, some coach, some law, some other leader.

Loyalty: Pathway to Promotion by JacQuetta Brown Smith


Do you possess the rare quality of loyalty? That is the question that you would have to answer privately and honestly. To answer, you would have to explore your heart and explore your closest relationships.  Loyalty is a treasured possession and only those who God can trust will carry the title and reputation of being loyal. Loyalty is the pathway to promotion.

Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows by Richard Hytner


Not everyone can be in charge but, more importantly, not everyone should want to be. Richard Hytner, Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, thinks it's time to celebrate the second-in-commands, the consiglieri: from Merlin, to Al Gore, Rasputin to Machiavelli. These are the deputies, the Vice Presidents, the C-suite, the department heads – lieutenants,

Thriving in the Second Chair by Mike Bonem


Second chair leaders play a critical role in churches across the world. They serve in paid and unpaid capacities, and include laity, ordained clergy, bivocational, licensed local pastors and others who lead significant ministries, but who are not the lead or senior pastor.

How to Lead When You Are Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins


One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead. Great leaders don't buy it. Great leaders lead with or without the authority and learn to unleash their influence wherever they are. With practical wisdom and humor, Clay Scroggins will help you nurture your vision and cultivate influence, even when you lack authority in your organization.

The Gatekeepers by Chris Wipple


The first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions—and inactions—have defined the course of our country.  What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States—as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta,…

The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero


In The Emotionally Healthy Leader, bestselling author Peter Scazzero shows leaders how to develop a deep, inner life with Christ, examining its profound implications for surviving stress, planning and decision making, building teams, creating healthy culture, influencing others, and much more.

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Leadership Network

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