20th Annual Outreach Resources of the Year: Leadership

Now in its 20th year, the 2023 Outreach Resources of the Year honors the past year’s best books that emphasize outreach-oriented ministries. 

Last fall we invited publishers and authors to submit resources with release dates between Nov. 1, 2021, and Oct. 31, 2022. The Outreach magazine editorial team then sorted qualifying titles into 10 key categories for review by expert panelists in each field. 

The panelists thoughtfully evaluated each submission and chose one or more as an Outreach Resource of the Year, then highlighted other titles as “Also Recommended.” Here are the winners in the Leadership category.


Evaluated by A.J. Swoboda, associate professor of Bible, theology and World Christianity at Bushnell University and lead mentor for the doctor of ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary on the Holy Spirit and Leadership. He is the author of many books, including last year’s Spiritual Growth resource of the year After Doubt (Brazos).


Preaching to a Divided Nation: A Seven-Step Model for Promoting Reconciliation and Unity  -     By: Matthew D. Kim, Paul A. Hoffman

Preaching to a Divided Nation: A Seven-Step Model for Promoting Reconciliation and Unity by Matthew D. Kim and Paul A. Hoffman (Baker Academic)

Preaching at our moment in history is perilous. People find offense and can easily find some other voice that will say what they want to hear. How do we move forward? In this excellent and insightful treatment on the topic of homiletical theory and practice in the cultural milieu of our own time—a moment marked by polarization, division and hyperawareness of systemic sin—theologians and practitioners Matthew Kim and Paul Hoffman have paved a faithful and thoughtful way forward. 

Weaving historically orthodox theology with incisive and penetrating cultural analysis, the authors have given much-needed language to the task of preaching for the 21st century. Highly recommended for pastors and preachers. 


When Women Lead: Embrace Your Authority, Move Beyond Barriers, and Find Joy in Leading Others by Carolyn Moore (Zondervan Reflective)

Carolyn Moore offers a penetrating vision of women in leadership with insightful thoughts on a biblical theology for the church. An excellent read.

Read about the other 2023 Outreach Resources of the Year honorees »

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