The New Adapters

Shaping Ideas to Fit Your Congregation

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The New Adapters
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Published April 2015

Classic leadership principles adapted for a new age of ministry.

Learn how new and
young pastors from across the country are translating eight time-tested
principles of church leadership. Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter
introduce each principle and discuss its importance in their ministries.
Author Jacob Armstrong then shows how the principle works in new
contexts today. The New Adapters is full of energy, wisdom, and stories of hope.
“If you have wondered
what adaptive leadership looks like in practice, here it is. Jacob
Armstrong offers a road map for reaching the mission field, writing with
honesty, clarity, humility, and a heart attuned to the gospel. He
invites us into a conversation with Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter
that is both substantial and practical. Gather a team around you and let
this book guide you to become New Adapters!” —Bishop Bill McAlilly,
Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church
The New Adapters
is a fantastic read — a clarion call for what is needed in
congregations today. It will immediately start to shift the way you
think about ministry.” —F. Douglas Powe Jr., Professor and Associate
Director of the Center for the Missional Church, Wesley Theological
Seminary, Washington, DC
“A wonderful,
hopeful, and practical volume for pastors, laity, and judicatory leaders
who want to facilitate and participate in adaptive change. Armstrong
draws wisdom from practitioners while refusing to offer a cookie cutter
for the church.” —Elaine A. Heath, McCreless Professor of Evangelism,
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
“This practical book
should be in every church leader’s library. Armstrong invites us to
reclaim our love for the church, practice Holy Spirit dependence, and
become New Adapters in living the mission of Jesus Christ. Jacob is
calling us toward a new kind of church, one that gives me hope for the
future!” —Bishop Mark J. Webb, Upper New York Episcopal Area of The
United Methodist Church


About the Authors

Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton’s congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and he preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013.

Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Walk, Simon Peter, Creed, Half Truths, The Call, The Journey, The Way, 24 Hours That Changed the World, John, Revival, Not a Silent Night, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press. Learn more about Adam Hamilton at

Rev. Dr. Mike Slaughter

Mike Slaughter is the Pastor Emeritus at Ginghamsburg Church. Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church "media reformation," and cyber-ministry. Mike is the author of multiple books for church leaders, including Down to Earth, The Passionate Church, Change the World, Dare to Dream, Renegade Gospel, A Different Kind of Christmas, Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Real Followers, Momentum for Life, UnLearning Church, and Upside Living in a Downside Economy.

Jacob Armstrong

Jacob Armstrong is the founding pastor of Providence Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Providence's vision is to see those who are disconnected from God and the church to find hope, healing, and wholeness in Jesus Christ. Jacob is the author of Renovate, A New Playlist, Treasure, The God Story, Upside Down, Loving Large, Interruptions, and The New Adapters.