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Jim Henderson Executive Producer and Co Author
Although he tried hard, Jim was a failure as a pastor. He simply could not fill up a building on a Sunday morning at 11am. After 25 years, he retired from pastoring and began to devote all of his time to his hobby – spiritual anthropology.
As part of his research, Jim “bought an atheists soul on Ebay”. Since Jim was too lazy to study apologetics he decided to learn how to “defend the space” instead of “defend the faith”. Jim became fascinated with the power of listening and around 2000 began to produce live events called Off The Map where he let people eavesdrop on his interviews with Non Christians and every kind of Outsider he could get on stage and convince to tell the truth. (He often just paid them)
This led to Jim writing a number of books such as Evangelism Without Additives, Jim and Casper Go to Church, The Outsider Interviews, The Resignation of Eve and Saving Casper.
Jim holds a Doctorate in Transformational Leadership and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal USA Today Fox Television and This American Life with Ira Glass
Jim launched his own production company Jim Henderson Presents (JHP) in 2010. His mission is to Take Jesus Public. He doesn’t understand why followers of Jesus have absented themselves from the broader public conversation that shapes spirituality and is currently dominated by well-known entertainer- spiritual salespeople such as Oprah, Deepak Chopra and Glenn Beck.
Doug Murren Co Author
Doug Murren is the author of two seminal works on church design, The Baby Boomerang and Churches That Heal. He is author of seventeen books in several genres. Doug has presented seminars and presentations to over 350,000 leaders the last twenty years. He has assisted numbers of major church denominations and networks in the U.S. and Australia. He has planted and developed five churches including a church in greater Seattle that grew to a Sunday morning attendance of 4,500 people and saw 17,000 decisions for Christ. Doug has been involved in 128 church plants over the last three decades. Doug is working as Director of the Murren Group a seminar and coaching ministry based in Orlando, Florida. He is also the Ministry Director for the G2G Church Network in Tampa and Orlando, Florida, And is involved in training leadership with Hope Christian Church and ICEC in Maryland. He is also ordained with the “River Conference” of the Free Methodists. Nearest to his heart is working as the director of “Praxis” a ministry certification program aiming to advance a new generation of thinking about ministry and practical church planting in a variety of planting models. A primary practical focus today is leading the advance of an effort to start 40 churches and 50 preaching points in fifteen years on what is known as the I-4 corridor of central Florida. He is referred to by understudies as “Uncle Doug.” Doug is committed to the notions that above all else ministry should be fun and that church should be relevant and pliable to any time. He and his wife Lori live in Clermont, FL with their two dogs Harry and Hoover.
Cara Highsmith – Senior Editor
Cara Highsmith has always been drawn to the world of books and has found herself working in this industry in one capacity or another for the majority of her adult life. She holds a Master of Arts in English from Belmont University and is working on her PhD.
Cara was on the editorial team at Hachette Book Group USA working with several New York Times bestselling authors for nearly four years. After leaving Hachette in 2008, she began freelancing developing proposals and manuscripts for agents and assisting other clients in preparing projects for self-publishing. She later joined The Fedd Agency as Director of Author Relations and Publisher of Fedd Books, the independent publishing division, and continues to serve the agency on a project basis.
Cara is proud to have been involved in the development of a new degree program at Belmont University. Beginning in Fall 2014, Belmont will offer a major in publishing based on a proposal she and Bucky Rosenbaum presented to the university.
She is passionate about connecting with storytellers, whether in fiction or non-fiction. Her mission is to bring books into the readers’ hands that transform the way they approach life. Cara is a master of being a jack of all trades, but currently spends her free time working on a film adaptation. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her son, Eric.
Ed Cook – Contributing Editor
After 20 years in the business world of information technology and 25 years of church planting and pastoring, Ed is now focused on coaching, consulting, and training to faith-based organizations as the principal of Care-Full Coaching. He is certified as a Coach and Mentor Coach through Logan Leadership and is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He also serves as a Contributing Editor for Logos Bible Software on the Mobile Education team of Faithlife Corporation. He is a published author both personally and as part of writing teams.
Ed is always looking for an interesting project whether as a coach, consultant, educator, or writer. If you’re looking for help with just a hint of counter-cultural edge in any of these areas, get in touch with him. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or 206-409-2915. His website is www.cfcoaching.org and he blogs at www.justathought-e.com. His books are available on Amazon.com or through www.EdCooksBooks.com
Ed’s theological and ministerial education includes a Doctor of Ministry completed at Carey Theological College in Vancouver, British Columbia and a Masters in Biblical Studies and Theology at Fuller Seminary. His undergraduate degree is in English.
Jeff Smith – Contributing Editor
Jeff has been an educator for 19 years. He is currently teaching mathematics at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Jeff started Paideia Classical School in 2001 and has served as Issaquah School District’s mathematics instructional coach in the Microsoft Math Partnership from 2007-2010.
Jeff’s greatest joy comes in seeing groups come together and learn from each other. Building on his Master’s degree from Chapman University in Curriculum and Instruction, Jeff became interested in how organizations can grow and refine themselves through conversational containers. Through his graduate work in Organizational Systems and Renewal at Seattle University, Jeff met Jim Henderson who became his field advisor.
Together, Jeff and Jim partnered with Tim Soerens of the Parish Collective team, creating Idea Parties – 1 to 2 hour structured conversations that give people access to expertise and their own personal experiences.
Jeff helps people who think they lack influence find it. He has developed a unique curriculum called The Map Of Influence that enables people to plot out their steps in gaining influence without “selling out” on their core values.