To read or not to read?

That is really the question.  At least, for those who want to continue to grow in their personal leadership.  Quite frankly, there are many ways to grow as an individual.  Conferences.  Education.  Podcasts.  Peers.  Mentors.  Websites.  But, one of my personal favorite leadership disciplines is reading.  It never grows old.

I have learned and taught that leaders are readers.  Books.  Magazines.  Articles.  Anything in literature form that can help expand your mind and improve your gift.

Books contain thoughts, phrases, seeds, ideas, and words you haven’t even thought about yet.  They also contain lessons learned by other leaders and people you have never met, but have an opportunity to spend time with their internal dialogue by reading their books. 

You may never get a lunch date with John Maxwell, but you can spend time with his mind every day.  You may never meet your favorite preacher or leader, but if they have a book, you can definitely spend time in their head. 

A book is a result of someone’s thoughts and experiences.  It took them years to learn, but it will only take you days and weeks to read.

Over time, I have developed a great personal library.  To me, every leader needs a personal library.  Some books I have read.  Some books I plan to read.  Others, I just have for reference.  Nonetheless, I have surrounded myself with books because they are gateways into worlds of ideas and thought.

I encourage you as a developing leader:  do yourself a favor and read a book of your interest. Start small if you have to.  Get a 50 page book.  Just get a habit of reading going in your life.  The benefits will be felt in the months to come.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to do a personal reading assessment:

  • What was your favorite book?
  • What book are you reading right now?
  • What books would you recommend to other growing leaders?
  • What book do you keep going back to?
  • What book is a must have for people?
  • What are some books you would like to read in the next 6 months?
  • Who is your favorite author?

Remember, leaders are readers.  

- Pastor Abram Gomez

Abram Gomez is the Executive Pastor at Valley International Christian Center in San Benito, TX. He serves under the leadership of Bishop Jaime Loya and helps in leading the 2000 member congregation.   Abram is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Church Ministries.  Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Executive Leadership from Liberty University.  Abram has served in various roles such a Church Planting, Life Groups Director, Youth Pastor, and Administrator to name a few.  He is also a contributing writer to Valley Christian Magazine, which reaches out to the entire region of the Rio Grande Valley.  He and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Harlingen along with their daughter Isabella.

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