Obvious Wisdom: 52 Tips for Effective Ministry by Bob Farr
With all the demands of ministry in a rapidly changing culture, it can be easy for pastors to lose focus and perspective. In Obvious Wisdom, Bishop Bob Farr provides succinct, powerful practical advice designed to help pastors utilize their resources and energy wisely while growing more and more passionate about their faith and ministry. The book is a perfect guide for a weekly clergy group or personal reflection.
The Necessary Nine: Things Effective Pastors Do Differently by Bob Farr and Kay Kotan
Conventional wisdom is that leaders are born, not made. In reality, that is one small piece of the leadership puzzle. The fact is, approximately 10% of church leaders are naturally-gifted leaders who actually don’t need any help. Another 10% of church leaders do not have the capacity to lead nor learn to lead with the skill set needed for the 21st century church. This means approximately 80% of church leaders have the possibility of becoming a more effective church leader. This book is for them.
The Necessary Nine contains nine simple axioms for effective pastoral and lay leadership for the church. These axioms have the greatest potential for fruitful ministry. These strategies are straightforward and easy to use. The reader will have “that’s true” moments and learn to put those insights into regular practice. It will help the reader with the simple leadership strategies that, if practiced over and over and over, will change the effectiveness of their leadership, the church and the world.
10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church by Bob Farr and Kay Kotan
Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church offers prescriptions for the top ten issues seen during church consultations. Bob Farr and Kay Kotan share their expertise from working with churches across the country, detailing the most common concerns and obstacles, and then go straight to the point: What to change, and how, for positive results. They offer a helpful approach to fixing common problems, and strategies to help congregations achieve success in specific areas of ministry. Proven success stories offer practical application, inspiration, and hope.
Get Their Name by Bob Farr, Doug Anderson and Kay Kotan
As a church leader, you are (probably) targeting the wrong people with your ‘evangelism’ efforts. You are operating a model that no longer works, because it is too passive, too polite, and focused in the wrong direction. You are not making new disciples, not adding significantly to Christ’s transformation of the world. And you—or at least your congregation–are (probably) unaware of this fact.
There is hope, and you will find it in these pages. Farr, Kotan and Anderson reveal the ways most churches unwittingly misdirect their reach into the community. The authors show in practical terms how to change the habits of leaders and entire congregations, so that invitation is natural, constant, systemic, genuine, and easy. Get Their Name clearly demonstrates how your church can change, and equips your people to share their faith in a way that is effective, biblical, and transformational. Watch here for more information.
Renovate or Die by Bob Farr with Kay Kotan
Be the Church Jesus calls us to be. Bob Farr asserts that to change the world, we must first change the Church. As Adam Hamilton says in the Foreword, “Read [this book] carefully with other leaders in your church. . . . You’ll soon discover both a desire to renovate your church and the tools to effectively lead your church forward.” If we want to join Robert Schnase and claim radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity, we must also engage pastors and motivate churches. We must renovate and overhaul our churches and not merely redecorate and tinker with our church structure.
With straightforward language and practical tips, this book will inspire and help you organize your church for new life on the mission field. Learn how to grow your church and discover the commitments that denominational leaders must make to guarantee the fruitfulness of local congregations.
“A Methodist Dumpster Fire,” Where Do We Go From Here? Honest Responses From Twenty-Four United Methodist Leaders (Market Square Publishing)
Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness (GBHEM)
Monthly column in The Missouri Methodists
I’m Doing A New Thing: Can You Perceive It, June 2019
Reflections from General Conference 2019, April 2019
Thoughts on General Conference 2019, March 2019
We Need a GPS Reroute, January 2019
The Beauty of Our Story, December 2018
Let the Outsiders In, October 2018
Focus, September 2018
Freed to Lead Together, June 2018
The Heart of the Matter, April 2018
Unleashed for Ministry, March 2018
The Power of Encouragement, February 2018
Seizing the Moments, January 2018
Breathe, December 2017
A New Way of Engaging the World, November 2017
Pray Our Way Forward, October 2017
Sabbath Time: Matthew 12:1-8, September 2017
We Are Alive, June 2017
Passing the Baton, May 2017
Lent: A Journey in Preparations, April 2017
Listening and Taking Action, March 2017
Onward in God’s Name, February 2017
Welcome to 2017!, January 2017
Spiritually Centered, Outwardly Focused, December 2016
Feed My Sheep, Tend My Sheep, Feed My Sheep, November 2016
Moving On and Staying Home, October 2016