Brand Strategist, Creative Director writes first trade book to help faith-based leaders communicate mission, vision
Marked by Design: What It Takes to be Known for Something is the title of Mark MacDonald’s new project based on his consultng work with churches and organizations as Creative Director for PinPoint Creative and Brand Strategist for BeKnownForSomething.com..
MacDonald says his book encourages ministry and faith-based leaders to focus on contextualizing their work and ministry within the community in which they exist.
“It’s easy to bring back the concepts and ideas of others from popular books, conferences, and learning experiences. But leadership is more than simply imposing an external reality on a nameless, faceless body of people but about connecting with real people in the community, meeting their specific needs, and watching something supernatural happen in the midst of it. This is how churches can become known for something”, MacDonald says.
The book is designed to help leaders learn how to identify, create, and share an infectious story that will naturally draw people together around a common purpose and cause.
DRSA author/collaborator Ben Stroup is consulting with MacDonald on this project.
Ben Stroup’s new work, Awaken the Outlaw: Discover Your Process for Transformation, is a book about what to do when following the rules doesn’t work out. According to Stroup, his book gives readers permission to break through the barriers that keep them from embarking on their search for purpose and teaches them to look beyond the illusions that prevent them from moving forward. In addition, it empowers them to live their lives–and their faith–in a way that draws others into the adventure of their own transformation.
Stroup is a DRSA author, writer, and collaborator and currently serves as Senior VP of Fundraising Communications with Pursuant, a fundraising organization based in Dallas, Texas.
This project was acquired for Abingdon by Lil Copan and released in April.
PRAISE FOR AWAKEN THE OUTLAW:
“Ben Stroup combines biblical narratives and personal experiences in a way that makes the impossible seem possible. The spiritual journey is an adventure, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in this book.” Pete Wilson Sr. Pastor, Cross Point Church, Author of Plan B
Royal Family KIDS President Writes to GenXers coming into leadership roles during “The Great Transition”
Dinosaurs and Aliens: Managing the Great Transition is the working title for Chris Carmichael’s new book aimed at current and upcoming business,ministry and nonprofit leaders who will be managing the country during the largest transfer of wealth and responsibility in American history. The book explores the impending changes as the Baby Boomer generation retires or is forced out of positions of influence and replaced with people from a much smaller group — Generation X.
“The remainder of open spots”, Carmichael says, “will be filled with Millennials and immigrants. The resulting workforce across business, ministry and nonprofits will look and behave vastly different than workforces preceding it”. He adds, “Will the new workforce “play well’ together? Can GenXers rise up to navigate the land of Dinosaurs and Aliens?.
As President of Royal Family KIDS, a non-profit organization that serves children in foster care, Chris focuses on partnerships with churches, corporations, foundations and individuals motivated to help change the life trajectory of children in foster care. The organization has over 100,000 alumni volunteers. He is also the owner of a digital content company.
Amid daily reports of near-unprecedented persecution of Christians worldwide, Tom Doyle’s latest work, Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe,takes readers to the secret meetings, the torture rooms, the grim prisons, and even the executions that are the “calling” of countless Muslims-turned-Christians. According to Doyle, “Each survivor longs to share with brothers and sisters ‘on the outside’ what Christ has taught them. Killing Christians is their message to readers who still enjoy freedom to practice their faith”.
DRSA author/editor Greg Webster collaborated with Doyle on this project, which was acquired by Matt Baugher, Senior VP and Publisher for Thomas Nelson’s W Publishing imprint.
PRAISE FOR KILLING CHRISTIANS:
“When you’re looking for real-life accounts of 21st Century believers whose lives are literally at stake for their beliefs, it demands the credibility of a man who has the smell of the front lines of the battlefield on his clothes because he was there yesterday and will be back there tomorrow. I’m proud to say my friend Tom Doyle is that man.”
—Jerry B. Jenkins, Novelist & Biographer