I've read a lot of great books. Of course there are many, many, books that I have yet to have the privilege to crack open with a good cup of coffee. I've read a good number of books on organizational performance, creativity, and leadership that are focused on the business community. I've also read a good handful that are focused specifically on the church. Often the practical takeaways from any of them could apply to many situations, church or otherwise. But the book I'm reading now, though no focused on the church, could possibly be the most applicable to that very community.
First, I should clarify what I mean by church. Often when I write I'll reference the big "C" Church. That is, the greater community and collection of people. In this particular post though I'm referencing church the institution. Though we know that Christianity is all about the people, we inevitably need some semblance of organization. The organized church needs leadership, and these leaders (whether they realize or not) are charged with advancing, supporting, and organizing the efforts of our faith. Instruction, teaching, development, discipleship, inspiration, correction, and so many other things.
In this vein, and with this charge in mind, I'll submit that one of the most influential books that every church leader should read and study is, "Start with Why", by Simon Sinek. This book is hardly a best kept secret - it's well distributed and read in many areas. It's not a "church" book though. So what might it have to offer us?
In this book, Simon Sinek explores the very core of why people become loyal and faithful followers. He explores why they make certain decisions, what drives behavior, and how great leaders use this information. As a church leader myself, my socks are being knocked off by this book! It's full of compelling and fresh perspectives that I think would literally change how so many faith institutions do everything. Sinek writes, "we drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe". Should this not be one of our core goals as a church? Should we not lead the way at being effective communicators of what we believe?
If you've read it already, I'd love to collect some of your feedback on it here! If you haven't, go get it. Right now. Seriously, like right now!