Take the 9 Books–9 Months Leadership Challenge

Reading Wars, Philip Yancey’s July 20 blogpost, stirred a commotion about how social media and the Internet train us to read short passages, distracting us from the deep reading of books. Christian women leaders should take note and consider alternatives for growing their leadership knowledge. Not all online applications allow distractions. In fact, our online leadership training for women does just the opposite! It provides a platform for women to reflect deeply about the book and the online training they receive each month.

According to Business Insider, “The busiest, most successful people in the world find at least an hour to learn EVERY DAY.” They focus on reading and also suggest we spend time reflecting and thinking about what we learn. That’s where our 9 Books–9 Months Leadership Challenge helps.

Skimming a book just to check off that we’ve completed our reading for the day produces little learning. While it may put ideas into our brains, how does it change what we do? In education classes, we define learning as a change in behavior. In our leadership courses, we expect participants to change and grow as they complete each four-week course.

Women are presented with short teaching videos and short reading assignments from a pdf version of a book which they will read thoroughly. They are asked to reflect on these assignments both individually and with a group of women who take the course with them. Participants complete the courses by setting aside one hour a day to read, learn, think, and reflect. Pat Thorn, a certificate program graduate, said, “The questions and surveys helped me process the information, challenged me to look honestly at myself, and guided me to get in alignment with God’s heart.”

For just $30 a month, you’ll read one book per month while completing the Leadership Certificate Program. You’ll get to network with other Christian women, and you’ll reflect on how you can apply principles you learn in your own work or ministry environment. And you can do it in your pajamas at any time of the day or night! There are no set times when you must be online.

How can you get started?

Start this month with your children, grandchildren, or another special child in your life as they go back to school in August. You’ll be expecting them to read books. So how can you model the value of books to them? What will you be reading? Be specific and tell them what you are reading and how it adds value to your leadership style. They’ll be using technology. Be relevant and tell them about your online leadership training and how it allows you to have your own virtual class with women around the country.

When those children finish this year of school, you too will finish nine courses and receive your leadership certificate, but more than that, as Pat Thorn said, “I took these courses to become a better leader, and in the process, I became a better follower, a better communicator, a better planner. I became a woman God can use.”

Take the 9 Books–9 Months Leadership Challenge from August 2017 through April 2018.

Register today for your first course, which begins on August 7.

Here are the nine books you’ll read with the course names they represent:

Servant Leadership (New Hope Publishers), by Rhonda Kelley
Leadership Theory  starts August 7

The Story of Lottie Moon (WMU Publishers), by Cathy Butler
Women Leaders from the Past starts September 5

Upside-Down Leadership (New Hope Publishers), by Taylor Field
Spiritual Formation as a Leader starts October 2

Intentional Living (New Hope Publishers), by Andrea Mullins
Missional Living starts November 1

More Than Money: Being a Steward of All God’s Given You (New Hope Publishers), by Calvin T. Pertain
Leading with Integrity starts December 4

Real Women Leading with Proverbs 31 Values (New Hope Publishers), by Lisa Troyer and Dawn Yoder
The Biblical and Theological Foundations of Leadership starts January 3

The Team that Jesus Built (New Hope Publishers), by Janet Thompson
Follower Skills starts February 5

The Care Effect: Unleashing the Power of Compassion (New Hope Publishers), by David Crosby
A Sense of Call to Leadership starts March 5

5 Leadership Essentials for Women (New Hope Publishers), by Linda Clark
Leader Skills starts April 2



Philip Yancey, “Reading Wars,” July 20, 2017.

Michael Simmons, “Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah All Use the 5-Hour Rule—Here's How It Works,” Business Insider, July 10, 2017.