Edifying discourses

Recommended reading

What books illuminate the organizational side of church life and practical dimensions of parish leadership? Four church leaders offer recommendations.

Melvin W. Henrichs, pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin, comments:

A landmark book for me a couple of years ago was Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline (Currency Doubleday, 1994). After initially noting five new “component technologies” of a “learning organization”--personal mastery, mental models, shared vision-building, team learning, and systems thinking--Senge launches into a detailed yet very readable, description of systems thinking, which, he maintains, integrates the other four elements.


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