Lia McIntosh serves as the Associate Director of Congregational Excellence for the Missouri Annual Conference. In this role, McIntosh collaborates with and coaches pastors and laity to launch new congregations and revitalize existing ones. She specializes in urban ministry and leading congregations to deeply connect with their communities. Previously, McIntosh served as a community organizer and pastor of four United Methodist congregations. She has contributed to The Upper Room Devotional, The Abingdon Preaching Annual, and Circuit Rider magazine. She is the author of She Who Rises: Unleashing The Warrior Chick Within (Purpose Publishing, 2017). She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Saint Paul School of Theology with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business and a Masters of Divinity.
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Contact: Trice Gibbons
March 19, 2019 (Nashville, TN)—Abingdon Press announced today the release of Blank Slate: Write Your Own Rules for a 22nd Century Church Movement by three innovative leaders in The United Methodist Church: Lia McIntosh, Jasmine Rose Smothers, and Rodney Thomas Smothers.
The church must get “unstuck” from its current context in order to address the context of younger generations. Blank Slate guides leaders to envision, and actually design, the future church.
Jacob Armstrong, pastor of Providence Church, Mt. Juliet, TN says, “In a time when so many of us want a blueprint for how to do ministry in a rapidly changing world, McIntosh, Smothers, and Smothers hand us a pencil and tell us to draw it ourselves. God has entrusted us to be the designers and visionaries for a new way. Blank Slate is the guide that you and your team need to design a new future together.”
The authors start by describing each generational group currently living in the US, helping readers understand the varied context of people in every age group. Next, they explore five innovative secular organizations, drawing sharp lessons for the church. The last section includes a seven-step process for ministry leaders to engage current and upcoming generations. This book, with questions for individual and group reflection in each chapter, is a powerful planning tool for ministry teams.
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by Lia McIntosh, Jasmine Rose Smothers, and Rodney Thomas Smothers
$15.99 | 9781501876264
March 19, 2019