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Websites
The following websites include books, articles, newsletters, training opportunities, resource tools, web and podcasts, coaches and coaching, blogs and more.

http://www.200churches.com     
          This is a podcast series for small church pastors.

         
https://www.christianitytoday.com/karl-vaters/
          A blog by Carl Vaters, innovative leadership from a small church perspective.

https://www.cmtcmultiply.org/
          The Church Multiplication Training Center exists to multiply reproducing churches                through equipping and empowering planters, pastors, spouses and leaders of 
          sponsoring agencies.

https://www.crmleaders.org/
          Originally Church Resource Ministries, CRM's goal is to train individuals to become
         committed 
leaders who will stand together and go wherever the needs are greatest.
         We do this by 
multiplying leaders throughout the globe...among pastors and those
         who pioneer new churches...among the poor...among the business men and
         women...and among the emerging generation.

http://www.leadershiptransformations.org/
          LTI will help you listen, equip you to discern, invite you to act, encourage you to
          pursue God's 
unique will for you, your team, and your ministry.

https://www.missionamerica.org/
          The Mission America Coalition (MAC) is a unprecedented Coalition of Christian
          leaders who have 
prayerfully come together to mobilize the Church for praying,
          caring and sharing the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ in deed and word.

http://newsmallchurch.com/
          This relatively new resource is designed for the pastor of the smaller church.
          I especially 
loved a recent article title which says it all, "Being A Small Church
          Pastor Isn't A Penalty, 
It's A Specialty." 

http://www.rhma.org/
          Rural Home Missionary Association serves small town pastors and churches.
          They also run 
annual multi-day seminars with appropriate speakers and resources.

http://www.smallchurchleaders.org/
          The Small Church Leadership Network is a ministry designed to encourage pastors
           and leaders 
of small churches and assist in helping them become more effective in
           their ministry.

http://www.smallchurchpastor.com/home
          Dave Jacobs, with 30 years of pastoral experience in smaller churches, specializes
          in small 
churches and their pastors. He provides resourcing and coaching.

http://www.soulcare.com/
          Soul Care helps you live from a healthy soul and wisely lead others toward authentic

          transformation.

http://www.studyingcongregations.org
         This site provides tools for understanding your church's identity. By examining
         the congregation's 
social environment, culture, resources, and patterns, you can
         customize a vision and plan that 
fits your "calling" and assignment from God.

http:///www.transformingcenter.org/
         Strengthening the souls of pastors, Christian leaders, and the congregations and
         organizations 
they serve.

Books
Ruth Haley Barton, Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
Ruth Haley Barton, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership
J.R. Briggs, Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure
J. R. Briggs, Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for Faithful Church Leadership
Wayne Cordeiro, Leading on Empty
Marva J. Dawn, The Sense of the Call
Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath
Craig Groeschel, Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World
Warren L. Hoffman, Rooting for the Underdog
Bill Hybels, Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
H.B. London & Neil Wiseman, The Heart of a Great Pastor
H.B. London & Neil Wiseman, Pastors at Greater Risk
H.B. London & Neil Wiseman, The Shepherd's Covenant
Ray Moran, Spent Matches: Igniting the Signal Fire for the Spiritually Distressed
John Ortberg, Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You
Peter Scazzero, The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Will...
Lance Witt, Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul
Jeff Allen, Small Church on a Big Mission