Two books that every senior pastor should read and lead his/her board through are:
These books approach the subject of church leadership differently, but both are well worth the read!
In Go Big, the authors strongly advocate a pastor/staff led church. In The Unity Factor, Osborne advocates the use of a church board to provide leadership to the church.
While I lean more towards the staff led paradigm for multiple reasons, I walked away from Osborne’s book with a TON of great takeaways!
One of the best things we did as a leadership team (staff and church board), in the church I previously served at, was to take a two day retreat and work through the principles of Go Big! It helped our church move from more of a board led paradigm to one in which the staff was granted more freedom to initiate and execute ideas.
Whatever your take on how a church should be led, you will benefit greatly by picking up these two books and working through them with your team!