Resources for Spiritual Leadership, a Selective Bibliography
Cultivating the Spirituality of the Leader
Baxter, Richard. The Reformed Pastor. Edinburgh and Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1974 [org. pub. 1656].
Palmer, Parker J., Leading from Within: Reflections on Spirituality and Leadership. Washington, DC: Potter's House Book Service, 1990 (appears also as chapter 2 in Conger's Spirit at Work: Discovering the Spirituality in Leadership).
Martin, William C., The Art of Pastoring Contemplative Reflections. Decatur, GA: CTS Press, 1994.
** Peterson, Eugene H. The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989.
Peterson, Eugene H. Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980.
Peterson, Eugene H., Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans/Gracewing, 1992.
** Peterson, Eugene H., Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987.
Whyte, David. The Heart Aroused : Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America. New York: Currency Doubleday, 1996.
Principles of Spiritual Leadership
Autry, James A., Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership. New York: Morrow, 1991.
** Bonaventure, The Character of a Christian Leader (originally titled The Six Wings of the Seraph), trans. Philip O'Mara. Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Books, 1978.
** Conger, Jay A., and Associates. Spirit at Work: Discovering the Spirituality in Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1994.
** De Pree, Max. Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community, Paperback Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997.
Griffin, Emilie. The Reflective Executive: A Spirituality of Business and Enterprise. New York: Crossroad, 1993.
Hickman, Craig R., Mind of a Manager Soul of a Leader. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1992.
Jacobsen, Steve. Hearts to God, Hands to Work: Connecting Spirituality and Work. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 1997 (esp. ch. 6).
** Nouwen, Henri J.M., In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. New York: Crossroad, 1989.
** Olsen, Charles M., Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 1995.
Sanders, J. Oswald. Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer. Moody, 1967, rev. ed. 1980.
** St. John, Matthew, R., "Augustine's Self-Watch: A Model for Pastoral Leadership." Bibliotheca Sacra155 (Jan-Mar 1998): 92-103.
Wilson, Charles R., Sojourners in the Land of Promise: Planning, Theology & Surprise. Downers Grove, IL: Spiritual Growth Resources, 1981.
Nurturing Healthy Group Life
** Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together. New York: Harper & Row, 1954.
Donahue, Bill. Leading Life-Changing Small Groups. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1996.
** Hestenes, Roberta. Turning Committees into Communities. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1991.
Icenogle, Gareth W., Biblical Foundations for Small Group Ministry: An Integrational Approach. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994.
Kelly, Thomas R., A Testament of Devotion. New York: Harper & Row, 1941.
Kirkpatrick, Thomas G., Small Groups in the Church: A Handbook for Creating Community (An Alban Institute Publication). Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 1995.
** Long, Jimmy, et.al. Small Group Leaders' Handbook: The Next Generation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995.
Torrance, James B. Worship, Community & the Triune God of Grace. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996.
Principles of Spiritual Guidance
** Barry, William A. and William J. Connolly. The Practice of Spiritual Direction. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1982.
Benefiel, Margaret. "Spiritual Direction for Organizations: Towards Articulating a Model." Presence (An International Journal of Spiritual Direction) 2, no. 3 (Sept 1996): 40-49.
Dougherty, Rose Mary. Group Spiritual Direction: Community for Discernment. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1995.
Dreitcer, Andrew D., "The Contemporary Interest in Contemplative Spirituality." Reformed Liturgy & Music30, no. 2 (1996): 59-64.
Edwards, Tilden. Spiritual Friend: Reclaiming the Gift of Spiritual Direction. New York: Paulist Press, 1980.
Fischer, Kathleen. Women at the Well: Feminist Perspectives on Spiritual Direction. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1988.
** Gratton, Carolyn. The Art of Spiritual Guidance. New York: Crossroad, 1992.
** Guenther, Margaret. Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction. Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications, 1992.
Kelsey, Morton T., Companions On The Inner Way: The Art of Spiritual Guidance (Companions Inner Way Ppr). New York: Crossroad, 1983.
Nemeck, Francis Kelly and Marie Theresa Coombs. The Way of Spiritual Direction (Consecrated Life Studies, V. 5). Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1985.
Discerning the Movement of God's Spirit
** Edwards, Jonathan. The Religious Affections (The Works of Jonathan Edwards) (various editions).
** Farnham, Suzanne G., Stephanie A. Hull and R. Taylor McLean. Grounded in God: Listening Hearts Discernment for Group Deliberations. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1996.
Green, Thomas H., Weeds Among the Wheat: Where Prayer and Action Meet. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria, 1984.
Job, Rueben. A Guide to Spiritual Discernment. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 1996.
McDermott, Gerard R., Seeing God: Twelve Reliable Signs of True Spirituality. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995 (based on Edwards, The Religious Affections).
McKinney, Mary Benet. Sharing Wisdom: A Process for Group Decision Making. Allen, TX: Tabor Publishing, 1987.
Morris, Danny E. and Charles M. Olsen. Discerning God's Will Together: A Spiritual Practice for the Church. Bethesda, MD: Alban Publications, 1997.
Mueller, Joan. Faithful Listening: Discernment in Everyday Life. Kansas City: Sheed & Ward, 1996.
** Palmer, Parker J., "The Clearness Committee: A Way of Discernment." Weavings 3, no. 4 (July/Aug 1988): 37-40.
** Smith, Gordon T., Listening to God in Times of Choice: The Art of Discerning God's Will. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997.
Weavings (theme issue) "Discerning the Spirits" 10 no. 6 (Nov/Dec 1995).
Training and Consultation Resourcing
Suite 433 North
4550 Montgomery Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814-3341
Rev. Bennett Sims
Institute for Servant Leadership
Hendersonville, NC 28793-1081
De Pree Leadership Center
Fuller Theological Seminary
135 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91182
Leadership Catalyst Inc.
5060 North 19th. Avenue, Suite 306
Phoenix, AZ 85015
Listening Hearts Ministries
1407 Bolton Street
Baltimore, MD 21217-4202
Servant Leadership School
(Ministry of the Church of the Savior)
1640 Columbia Road
Washington, DC 20009
Worshipful Work (Charles Olsen)
Kansas City, MO
Note: The above training and resource centers are all Christian and church related. Additionally, there are numerous business related centers that address the themes of spirituality and leadership. The Center for Creative Leadership and the Heartland Institute are helpful organization representatives in this category.
Center for Creative Leadership
One Leadership Place
P.O. Box 26300
Greensboro, NC 27438-6300
4243 Grimes Avenue South
Edina, MN 55416