Books for Spiritual & Leadership Development course

You might be interested in the text books I use for my section of the Spiritual & Leadership Development course at Crown (Dr. Glenn Meyers teaches the other section).  I find limiting the book selection to be a difficult task because there are so many life-changing, formative works that have been written throughout the centuries.  The following, however, serve as either required primary textbooks or secondary reference/content materials:

Primary Sources:

The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine ~ by A.W. Tozer.  "Faith is the gaze of the soul upon a saving God," Tozer wrote. To encourage that gaze, students write a reflective journal/prayer from a chapter a week.

The Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth ~ by Richard Foster.  Students use this book as a guide for learning and practicing spiritual disciplines throughout the semester such as prayer, solitude, worship, and, believe it or not, celebration. 

A Tale of Three Kings: A Study in Brokenness ~ by Gene Edwards.  One of the most interesting little books I've ever read, A Tale of Three Kings embodies many of the spiritual and leadership themes from our course.

In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership ~ by Henri Nouwen.  No Christian who has a role of leadership should make one more decision without wrestling with this book.  The temptations for power and relevance and glamour are too great… even in the Church.

Secondary Sources:  A litany of other books serve as resources for our course content throughout the semester.  Some of the more resourceful include: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a' Kempis, The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction by Eugene Peterson, A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis, The Proslogion by Anselm of Cantebury, From Brokenness to Community by Jean Vanier, and Jesus on Leadership: Discovering the Secrets of Servant Leadership From the Life of Christ by C. Gene Wilkes


Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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