Steve Clifton's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Steve Clifton's Bookshelf
Steve Clifton's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Steve Clifton

Executive Pastor of Education

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
Transformational Groups: Creating a New Scorecard for Groups
Transformational Groups: Creating a New Scorecard for Groups
by Ed Stetzer,Eric Geiger
WHY I LIKE IT
This book helps leaders in the church who are responsible for group ministry (Small Groups, Sunday School, Home Groups, etc.) to provide a map to the transformational process in the believer’s life. The group ministry should be all about transformation of the individual participant
Leading from the Sandbox: How to Develop, Empower, and Release High-Impact Ministry Teams
Leading from the Sandbox: How to Develop, Empower, and Release High-Impact Ministry Teams
by T.J. Addington
WHY I LIKE IT
This book helps leaders develop a central mission statement, ministry focus, core values and guiding principles for getting there. A great and thought-provoking read
Disciple-Making Teachers
Disciple-Making Teachers
by Josh Hunt,Larry Mays
WHY I LIKE IT
Adult small groups (and those of all ages btw) should be places of transformation of life. Dr. Hunt helps in this book to cause us to think how we can have our groups be life transformation stations.
Thrive
Thrive
by Casting Crowns
WHY I LIKE IT
This song is one of my absolute favorites and it talks about what Christ wants to do in our lives as believers. We weren’t made to survive but to thrive!
Who Stole My Church: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century
Who Stole My Church: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century
by Gordon MacDonald
WHY I LIKE IT
Change in church can be great and it can be tragic. This book helps us think through the process of change and the outcomes we desire. Although fictional, it is a great read.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow
Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow
by Eric Geiger,Michael Kelley,Philip Nation
WHY I LIKE IT
Discipleship is not about a program, but about a growing relationship with a Savior. This book clearly lays out a plan for developing a movement within your church.
How People Change
How People Change
by Timothy S. Lane,Paul David Tripp
WHY I LIKE IT
This book shows us the Biblical pattern for change in our daily lives. God desires to transform each of us and the process that He moves us through is sanctification.
Creative Bible Teaching
Creative Bible Teaching
by Lawrence O. Richards,Gary J. Bredfeldt
WHY I LIKE IT
Richards will help you focus on teaching and unleashing the Bible to work on transforming the lives of your learners
Design for Teaching and Training: A Self-Study Guide to Lesson Planning
Design for Teaching and Training: A Self-Study Guide to Lesson Planning
by LeRoy Ford
WHY I LIKE IT
This comes from an expert in the field of teaching that will help you learn the process of bringing about change in the lives of individuals
The Six Core Values of Sunday School
The Six Core Values of Sunday School
by Allan Taylor
WHY I LIKE IT
A personal friend and a great Christian Educator, Allan exhorts us to passionately and with great intentionality build a Sunday School that will last and bring transformation to the participants and leaders.
Ten Best Teaching Practices: How Brain Research and Learning Styles Define Teaching Competencies
Ten Best Teaching Practices: How Brain Research and Learning Styles Define Teaching Competencies
by Donna E. Walker Tileston
WHY I LIKE IT
This book, written in 2001, outlines for us the foundational strategy within the local church for building disciple-making believers.
Caring for Aging Loved Ones (Focus on the Family)
Caring for Aging Loved Ones (Focus on the Family)
 
WHY I LIKE IT
This was a most helpful resource when dealing with the care of and oncoming death of my mother in 2009. I recommend it as a resource to anyone facing a similar situation
One 2 Won Crosstraining
One 2 Won Crosstraining
by Joe White
WHY I LIKE IT
This discipleship tool is a must for anyone who is actively discipling another individual
Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples
Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples
by Jim Putman
WHY I LIKE IT
Matthew 4:19 says, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of people.” This book has really helped me formulate a plan for discipleship within the local church.
Sunday School in HD: Sharpening the Focus on What Makes Your Church Healthy
Sunday School in HD: Sharpening the Focus on What Makes Your Church Healthy
by Allan Taylor
WHY I LIKE IT
In his follow-up book to Six Core Values, Allan shares with us how Sunday School assists us in producing healthy Christians who in turn grow healthy churches
Color Outside the Lines (Swindoll Leadership Library)
Color Outside the Lines (Swindoll Leadership Library)
by Howard Hendricks
WHY I LIKE IT
For those looking to transform the teaching ministry in the pulpit or groups, this is a must read. Dr. Hendricks challenges us to see life through a creative approach.
Coleman, Robert & Graham, Billy, MASTER PLAN OF EVANGELISM
Coleman, Robert & Graham, Billy, MASTER PLAN OF EVANGELISM
by Robert E. Coleman
WHY I LIKE IT
This could be called the Master Plan of Discipleship. Truly understood, evangelism and discipleship come together to form the crux of what the Bible calls disciple-making… that is our goal as a church.
New American Standard Bible
New American Standard Bible
by The Lockman Foundaiton
WHY I LIKE IT
I prefer to read from the New American Standard version of the Bible. I also use the Holman Christian Standard, as well, to better understand a passage.