I was first introduced to Andy Stanley's work when I picked up the book Visioneering towards the beginning of my work as the pastor of New Life. That book had a profound impact on the way I thought about ministry, and thought about the development of vision and direction for the church. When I heard him speak at the Catalyst Conference in the fall of 2001 I was sold on the quality of content that he brought to the table in every message and every book.
I've never heard Andy Stanley give a bad talk, and I've never read one of his books that didn't have a significant impact on the way I approached my work as a pastor (that includes The Next Generation Leader and Communicating for a Change). So when I started thinking about books I'd like to read to improve my game in the area of leading leaders from an organizational point-of-view, it was almost a no-brainer that I would pick up 7 Practices of Effective Ministry, which is a collaborative effort from three key leaders in the North Point Community Church organization.
The book itself is extremely easy to read, but the seven principles are anything but breezy. Even though they are easy to understand, I have a feeling that working through this book is going to take a long time to internalize and then to implement with our leaders here at New Life. But I'm convinced that it's going to be a fulfilling and worthwhile process.
Here's my 2 page summary of the book: Download 7 Practices of Effective Ministry – Review