Entries in Christian Ministry (6)

Monday
Oct012012

PRESS Release, LifeandLeadership.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dr. Carlus Gupton
Phone: 901-432-7724
Email: cgupton@harding.edu

ANNOUNCING NEW WEBSITE FOR CHURCH LEADERS, LIFEANDLEADERSHIP.COM
Over 100 Guides to Over 1,500 Ministry Resources

Over five years in the making, LifeandLeadership.com is an annotated, continuously updated, and web-interactive guide to ministry resources for church leaders. It summarizes over 1,500 books on church leadership, and provides over 100 ministry resource guides that are categorized to help users go straight to an area of interest. It is designed for practicing church leaders, ministry students, and those who train ministers as academics, coaches, internship directors, and consultants. It is published by Dr. Carlus Gupton, Professor at Harding School of Theology, and Adjunct Professor at Johnson University. The site offers a free subscription for updates, and convenient social media integration. Follow these links to visit the site:

  • Home page - http://www.lifeandleadership.com
  • About page - http://www.lifeandleadership.com/about-lifeandleadership
Friday
Jun292012

Videos, How to Use the Site

Introductory Videos, LifeandLeadership.com

 

Video 01, Brief Overview and Fast-Track (click to view on YouTube)

 

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Video 02, Practical Ways to Use the Site (click to view on YouTube)

 

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Video 03, Mobile Site Use (click to view on YouTube)

 

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Thursday
May312012

About LifeandLeadership

About LifeandLeadership.com

What is LifeandLeadership.com?

LifeandLeadership.com was prepared with one mission in mind:

To help people grow into the best version of themselves and thereby live and lead more effectively.

It began in 2000 as a simple website to present a few consulting models and resource links. It expanded in 2012, and was updated to its current format in 2018. Here I blend almost four decades of ministry and over twenty years of consulting, coaching, and university/seminary teaching into a resource for those who want to change deeply, live purposely, and lead effectively. (see BIO)

What LifeandLeadership.com IS…

  • A platform for my voice on life and leadership - Here I express my passion for both leadership and life. I have no profound statement on how the two are connected, but simply find that each dimension naturally bleeds into the other, thus LifeandLeadership.com.
  • A description of coaching services for life and leadership - I am an ICF-credentialed coach (ACC), with over twenty years and hundreds of hours of intentional conversations that empower individuals and groups to fully live out their calling. I am also professionally certified in helpful instruments such as DISC, Clifton Strengths Finder, Enneagram, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Grip-Birkman, Birkman Signature Series, Team Dimensions, Conflict Styles, and others. These psychometrically validated profiles are excellent means of self-awareness and intentional change.
  • An annotated, continuously updated, and web-interactive guide to resources on life and leadership. It summarizes and/or categorizes over 1,500 books on life and leadership generally and provides numerous Leadership Resource Guides. Each guide usually begins with a brief essay, followed by a categorized menu to help you go straight to your subject of interest. Books are listed under the categories, often in recommended order, with thumbnail descriptions and a link to a separate page for each book. Titles listed before 2012 have a unique book summary feature with an expanded description, cross-referencing for browsing of related resources, and a publisher’s description and author bio. Titles listed after 2012 have a direct link to Amazon.com.
  • A mobile-friendly resource. The site is useful at home or office, but also on the road, at the airport, in the library, or at the bookstore.

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What LifeandLeadership.com is NOT…

  • A boring list of books. It is a collection of helpful guides to some of the better books on leadership, with enough description to help you compare related tools. The site is deep enough to browse for hours at a time, but is also lean enough for you to find what you need quickly.
  • A blog on the latest and greatest titles. The resource guides are current, and in most cases will list the newer books. But the purpose is not so much to feature new books as it is to carefully place titles in subject categories that allow honest comparison with others on the same subjects. More importantly, it seeks to demonstrate how each book enhances life and leadership.
  • A series of book reviews. The site does not provide “reviews” in the technical sense. It categorizes, summarizes, and reflects on the helpfulness of books for life and leadership, and most often includes only what I want to say for these purposes. My viewpoint bleeds through, which is unavoidable, but I try to be fair to the authors and appreciate the wisdom of many voices.
  • A bibliographic service – If you wonder what I would suggest on a topic, it’s already on the site. I do not provide bibliographies on demand.
  • The final answer to all your needs in life and leadership - This ought to go without saying, and I chuckle over putting it in writing. I do not have all the answers. I have noticed over the years that I excel at knowing “where to go for what.” The site, particularly the resource guides, simply put this information into a usable format. If it helps leaders to be more effective and confident, it serves its purpose.

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Who Is It For?

LifeandLeadership.com is targeted to three groups:

  • For All Who Influence Others Through Their Leadership - The articles, resources, and services of coaching/consulting featured on this site are targeted toward all who are serious about becoming the best version of themselves in life and leadership.
  • Leadership Professors, Intern Directors, Consultants, and Coaches - Bibliographies are standard fare in academia. The site content actually emerged out of my own class bibliographies. Like me, most professors prepare their own lists, and this site certainly will not eliminate that need. It is my hope, however, that academics in all areas of leadership will find it useful for their classes. It is easy for students to use, and the Resource Guides (and pre-2012 Book Summaries) are well-suited for features in class (e.g. on-screen projection). The site has much the same value for intern directors, consultants, and coaches who need to make targeted recommendations.
  • Practicing Church Leaders - The first version of this site focused on those in the trenches of church leadership, especially with established congregations (though church planters also find help). This remains an important part of the site. I spent over 20 years as a lead minister in churches ranging in size from 80 to 800. For over 20 years, I have trained church leaders on both college and seminary level. I also maintain an active consulting practice, including interim ministries. I understand church leaders, and my heart goes out to them, whether paid and unpaid, trained or untrained, new or long-term, ordained or not, trained or in-training (I used the site extensively in my classes).

The design is simple…

  1. You need a resource.
  2. You go to the Resource Index and find your topic.
  3. You browse through the Resource Guides to find the best book or books for your needs. The goal is to help you make an informed selection in a timely manner. The Resource Guides may also expose you to the range of issues on that subject.
  4. You access your favorite bookstore and order the book.
  5. You are better equipped for leadership.

See also How to Use The Site.

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Who Writes the Material?

Aside from the publisher’s descriptions and author bios in the book summaries, and a few other places as noted, I write the material.

The sole authorship is a plus and a minus. The plus is you know the content is mine, and can recognize it as such, limitations and all. If you read through the BIO you will see I bring reasonable credentials to this work. Even so, there is the minus that the content is only mine. It is far from all you need. Part of the reason for linking to the bookstores is to allow you to read the comments of other reviewers.

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What Are The Terms of Use?

Click Terms of Use to learn more.

What Is Your Privacy Policy?

Click Privacy Policy to learn more.

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Thursday
May312012

Bio, Carlus Gupton

Personal Introduction  |  Professional Brief

 

Personal Introduction

My name is Carlus Gupton. I am blessed to be married to Ann for 35 years, and we have two grown daughters, Katlyn and Erin. Ann and I live in Memphis, Tennessee.

By God’s grace, I get to do the meaningful work of teaching seminary students whose dreams and commitments inspire me, and whose lives make a difference in countless others. I also enjoy coaching and consulting church leaders. This site extends these ministries.

I was raised in western Kentucky, and spent most of my youth anticipating a career as a musician. After my conversion at age 17, a call emerged, not away from the melodies and harmonies that still give me great joy, but to a life of ministry. A mentor took me under his wing, and a patient community of believers invited me to preach for them every Sunday.

I trained at Freed-Hardeman University, Lipscomb University (B.A.), Harding School of Theology (M.Div.), and Abilene Christian University, Graduate School of Theology (D.Min.), with additional studies along the way at Murray State University, University of Memphis, and University of Tennessee Knoxville.

I have been in some form of ministry for more than forty years, starting when I was midway through my junior year of high school, through college, and on to twenty years of full-time ministry for congregations ranging in size from 80 to 1,100. During most of this I have been closely connected to the college and seminary environment. In 2001, I transitioned into teaching full time. My current role is Professor of Ministry, Director of Field Education and Co-Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Harding School of Theology, and Adjunct Professor at Johnson University. Previously, I was Professor of Ministry at Johnson University (2001-2013), and also taught at the University of Tennessee School of Communication Studies (2001-2011). I teach courses in church leadership, spiritual formation and conflict, and have also taught biblical and theological studies.

I am also founder and publisher of LifeandLeadership.com, a website with over 1,500 pages of resources for church leaders, and DISCPersonalitySource.com, a website featuring the DISC Profile System.

I began consulting in 1996, and hold extensive certifications:

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Professional Brief

Dr. Carlus Gupton is Professor of Ministry, Director of Field Education, and Co-Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Harding School of Theology, and Adjunct Professor at Johnson University. Previously, he was a professor at Johnson University (2001-2013) teaching ministry, Bible and theology, and also taught at the University of Tennessee School of Communication Studies (2001-2011). Prior to this, he spent twenty years as a preaching minister for congregations in Tennessee and Alabama.

Carlus teaches courses in church leadership, spiritual formation and conflict on both masters and doctoral levels, and has also taught New Testament, theology and communication. He also maintains an active schedule of consulting and coaching, and has worked with over 100 churches and organizations.

Dr. Gupton is the founder and publisher of LifeandLeadership.com, a website with over 1,500 pages of resources for church leaders, and DISCPersonalitySource.com, which features the popular DISC Profile System.

He and his wife, Ann, have two grown daughters, Katlyn and Erin. Ann and Carlus live in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Thursday
May312012

How To Use the Site

Site Use, Participation, and Following

Fast-Track

  1. Choose a Leadership Resource Guide from the Resource Complete Index.
  2. Scan the book summaries in the guide.
  3. Click through to the books that interest you.
  4. Browse until you find what you need.

How Can I Use the Site?

Each of the methods described below involves using the Resource Complete Index. It may help if you bring up the site in another window and place it side-by-side with this page, allowing you to follow the instructions without interruption.

THREE BEST WAYS to use the site.

1. PRACTICAL - Quickly find the book you need on a given subject

The design of the site allows for a simple sequence:

  • You need a resource.
  • You go to the Complete Index and find your topic.
  • You browse through the Resource Guides to find the best book or books for your needs. The goal is to help you make an informed selection in a timely manner. The Resource Guides may also expose you to the range of issues on that subject.
  • You access your favorite bookstore and order the book.
  • You are better equipped for your ministry.

For your convenience, the Index is always linked in the top menu bar. There site footer also has a Quick-list. A short list of directly related guides appears at the bottom of each Resource Guide and Book Summary.

2. DEVELOPMENTAL - Use the Resource Guides to map growth for yourself or those you coach and mentor.

In addition to the targeted search described above, you may want to read several books as part of planned growth for greater effectiveness in leadership and life, either for you or someone you advise. These steps may help.

  1. Choose you area from Complete Index.
  2. Browse through the book listings, noting the special categorizations such as “First Reads,” “Strong Supplements,” and other tags that may help you devise a growth plan. You may not agree with my categorizations, but it’s a place to start.
  3. Read the first book, then come back to the guides to keep going until you have achieved your goal.

3. EDUCATIONAL - Use the Resource Guides to help educate you and/or your leadership team.

Leaders often need help to better understand dimensions of their roles. You may use the resource guides and book summaries to gain needed insight. These steps may help.

  1. Choose your area from the Complete Index.
  2. Read through the guide, especially if there are introductory essays.
  3. Click through and read the summaries of several books to gain a broad overview of the subject.
  4. Choose the book or books you need for further reading. Click through to the bookstores to purchase or read further reviews.
  5. Keep coming back to the guides and summaries until you feel confident of your grasp of the subject.

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Other Ways to Use the Site

  1. Author or Title Browse (good for a specific author or title, not as helpful for subject queries) – Use the search feature in the upper right corner of the site (mobile, very top of page). Put in an author, and this feature will generate a list of all places on the site where that author is featured or referenced. You can do the same for a title, and it will list if that book has its own page or if it appears in the content of any Resource Guide.
  2. General Keyword Subject Search (If you can’t find what you need by any of the methods above) - Use the search feature in the upper right corner of the site (mobile, very top of page). Put in a keyword related to a subject of interest. The search will generate a generic list of books and resource guides. I have carefully assigned categories and keywords to each page of the site, and the search feature is robust. So if there’s anything on the site that addresses your topic, hopefully it will appear on the list.

How Can I Follow the Site?

There are four ways:

  • Visit often – Obviously, I want people to visit the site, so drop in as often as you like.
  • Follow LifeandLeadership.com on Twitter and Facebook – This is where I pass on good ideas and materials, and alert you to updates.

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