Resources For Leaders

Some recommended books and studies to help you lead.

Some recommended books and studies to use between Small Group cycles:


We always recommend for groups to base their studies in the Bible, but if you're wanting to read a book on a specific topic to deepen your faith, here are some titles we recommend (in no particular order):

Basic Christianity - John Stott (theology)

The King Jesus Gospel - Scot McKnight (theology)

Surprised by Hope - N. T. Wright (theology)

A Community Called Atonement - Scot McKnight (theology, ecclesiology, mission)

The Prodigal God - Timothy Keller (theology)

Every Good Endeavor - Timothy Keller (vocation, theology, mission)

Invitation to a Journey - Robert Mulholland Jr. (spiritual formation)

The Spirit of the Disciplines - Dallas Willard (spiritual formation)

Celebration of Discipline - Richard Foster (spiritual formation)

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality - Peter Scazzero (spiritual formation)

The Voice of Jesus - Gordon T. Smith (discernment, spiritual formation)

Life Together - Dietrich Bonhoeffer (spiritual formation)

God in my Everything - Ken Shigematsu (spiritual formation)

The Meaning of Marriage - Timothy Keller (marriage)

You and Me Forever - Francis Chan (marriage)

How to Pray; A Simple Guide for Normal People - Peter Grieg (prayer)

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire - Jim Cymbala (prayer)

Prayer - Richard Foster (prayer)

Authority to Heal - Ken Blue (healing)

Discipleship on the Edge - Darrell Johnson (eschatology, study on Revelation)

God's Smuggler - Brother Andrew (biography)

Risen Motherhood; Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments - Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler (parenting)

Bible Studies and Commentaries:

Studying through a book of the Bible is always a great choice for Small Groups. See the BIBLE STUDY PLAYBOOK for tips on how to lead groups into deep engagement with the Word of God.



Here are some Bible commentaries series' that provide an accessible and insightful complement for a book-of-the-Bible study:

  • The Old Testament for Everyone (OTE) commentary series, John Goldingay (Description)
  • The New Testament for Everyone (NTE) commentary series, N. T. Wright (Description)
  • The Daily Study Bible (DSB), William Barclay (NT only)


Looking for books on a topic we haven't covered? Let us know what you're looking for: