Clergy Learning Resource Guide


Learning resources for each of the nine characteristics/key competencies for clergy in the Minnesota Conference.

Have a resource to add to this list? Contact Cullen Tanner, connectional ministries project coordinator, at cullen.tanner@minnesotaumc.org.


Personal Passionate Faith

Worrkshop IconIn-person workshop or learning experiences: 

The Academy for Spiritual Formation

Book IconBooks:

The Pastor by Eugene Peterson

Soul Types by Jane Kise

Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson

Kicking Habits by Tom Bandy

Becoming a Blessed Church by Graham Standish

4D Impact by Olu Brown

Article IconArticles or blogs:

Discipleship Ministries UMC “Faith Sharing”

Alban Institute, the Healing Power of Storytelling

Online Course IconOnline courses or resources:

Storytelling for Change by Acumen

Coaching IconCoaching or spiritual direction:

Finding a Spiritual Director


Evangelistic Heart

Workshop IconIn-person workshop or learning experiences: 

Mission/Service Trip

Book IconBooks:

Evangelism for Non-Evangelists by Mark Teasdale

Get Their Name by Doug Anderson, Kay Kotan, and Bob Farr

Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley

A Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase

Shift 2.0 by Phil Maynard

Evangelism in the Inventive Age by Doug Pagitt

See All the People

Online Course IconOnline courses or resources:

Evangelism for Non-Evangelists–Garrett-Evangelical Connectional Learning

See All the People


Wesleyan Way of Discipleship

Workshop IconIn-person workshop or learning experiences: 

Wesley Pilgrimage

Book IconBooks:

See All the People: Developing an Intentional Discipleship System

Stride by Ken Willard

Grace to Lead by Lacye Warner and Kenneth Carder

Wesley and the People Called Methodists by Richard Heitzenbater

The Theology of John Wesley by Kenneth Collins

Disciples Making Disciples: A Guide for Covenant Discipleship Groups and Class Leaders bySteven W. Manskar

Podcast IconPodcasts:

The Disciple Maker’s Podcast


Leading Adaptively

Workshop IconIn-person workshop or learning experiences: 

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Practical Leadership 1.0: Supervising for Employee Engagement

Book IconBooks:

Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown

Leadership on the Line by Ronald A. Heifetz

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Deep Change by Robert Quinn

A Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman

Courage to Lead by Brene Brown

In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen

Article IconArticles or blogs:

Carey Nieuwhof

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Team Leadership Facilitation & Communication Essentials by Udemy

Adaptive Leadership by Acumen

Systems Practice by Acumen

Coaching or spiritual direction:Coaching Icon

Finding a Coach 

Podcast IconPodcasts:

Carey Nieuwhof


Holy, Healthy Habits

Book IconBooks:

Emotionally Healthy Church by Peter Scazzero

Wellbeing by Tom Rath

Healthy Congregation: A Systems Approach by Peter Steinke

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

Saying No to Say Yes by David C. Olsen and Nancy G. Devor

The One-Life Solution by Dr. Henry Cloud

Online Course IconOnline courses or resources:

Financial Well-Being: Resources for clergy and congregations

"Money Matters" e-newsletter for clergy

Coaching IconCoaching or spiritual direction:

Finding a Coach 

Finding a Spiritual Director


Emotional & Social Intelligence

Book IconBooks: 

The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stable

StrengthsFinders by Gallup

Books about the Enneagram 

Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillian, and Swizler

Never Call Them Jerks by Arthur Paul Boers

Congregational Fitness by Denise Goodman

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Online Course IconOnline courses or resources:

Difficult Conversations by Acumen

Conflict Management by Udemy

StrengthsFinders by Gallup

Coaching IconCoaching or spiritual direction:

LeaderWise EQi and Coaching

Podcast IconPodcasts:

Podcasts about the Enneagram 


Life-Long Learner

Workshop IconIn-person workshop or learning experiences: 

Covenant Peer Learning Group

Peer Coaching Circle

Learning and Development Plan

Book IconBooks

The Fifth Discipline: Learning Organization by Peter Senge

Coaching IconCoaching or spiritual direction

Finding a Coach


Loves God’s World

Workshop IconIn-person workshop or learning experiences

Commission on Religion and Race

Hopeful EarthKeepers

Book IconBooks

America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis

Waking up White by Debby Irving

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb by Eric Law

Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post Congregational Church by Reggie McNeal

GreenFaith: Mobilizing God's People to Save the Earth by Fletcher Harper

Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson

Online Course IconOnline courses or resources

Implicit Bias: What We Don't Think We Think

Podcast IconPodcasts

Shifting Climates


Apostolic Leadership

Book IconBooks

The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne

The Bible: The Book of Acts

Multiply Your Impact: Making the Leap from Church Maintenance to Gospel Movement by Christie Latona and Paul Nixon

The Lean Start-up by Eric Ries

Online Course IconOnline courses or resources

Fresh Expressions

Church planting and multiplication

Social Entrepreneurship by Acumen

Coaching IconCoaching or spiritual direction

Finding a Coach

Podcast IconPodcasts

StartUp


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