By Christopher Mann

Christopher Parkening joined my Crossroads CE 313 Class for a Skype discussion

Christopher Parkening (born December 14, 1947) is an American classical guitarist. He holds the Chair of Classical Guitar at Pepperdine University under the title Distinguished Professor of Music. Andres Segovia said, "Christopher Parkening is a great artist—-he is one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world." (Credit: Wikipedia)
"Eric Clapton didn't start playing guitar until he was 18." 

In the fall of 1986, that was all the rationale I needed to ask my parents for a guitar to celebrate my 18th birthday in January of 1987. Along the way, however, somebody had the wisdom to give me a compact disc of Christopher Parkening playing Bach, and I was mesmerized over how so many notes could come out of one person playing one guitar. Clapton's pentatonic mastery was amazing; Parkening technical wizardry, however, was amazing times amazing.

Blissfully unaware and unfettered by anybody's expectations or lack thereof, I proceeded to spend many hours -- too many -- plucking Clapton's "Layla" and then Parkening's (Bach's) "Sheep May Safely Graze." Later that fall while lifeguarding at the Yorktown High School Natatorium, a swimmer patron—whose daytime job was reviewing classical music for the Washington Post -- gifted two tickets plus a backstage pass to actually meet Christopher Parkening at an upcoming performance the Kennedy Center.

My girlfriend at the time and I were star struck to meet Mr. Parkening and his sweet wife. We didn't have the maturity or form to pose adult-level conversation so they reversed the attention toward us, diving deep into our interests and activities. The meeting deeply impacted me for years to come.

In the fall of 2015, Ambassador Enterprises contracted Christopher Mann to help a team of three curriculum writers translate AE's core values into a staff development curriculum that tests and articulates AE's core governing value, "Relational Effectiveness Drives Organizational Performance." 

We borrowed heavily from the methodology championed by education expert and scholar, Jane Vella, author of Taking Learning To Task. Besides the trove of best practices and documentation from the Ambassador Enterprises library dating back to the days of Ambassador Steel, we drew from these other books, (and more):
Taking Learning to Task, by Jane Vella
Thanks for the Feedback, by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
Mindset, by Carol Dweck
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni
The Art of Innovation, by Tom Kelly


ReSermon repurposes sermon content "into the public square."

October 1, 2015
Contact: Christopher Mann | 260.255.4484

FORT WAYNE -- Christopher Mann announced today the launch of the completely revamped website. Visitors can now convenient schedule consulting appointments directly, use Live Chat, and review sample client work on the blog. 

"ReSermon is for pastors who want helping in engaging the public square," said Christopher Mann, founder. "ReSermon is serious about turning sermon content into winsome, compelling online and print media for deeper reach into the culture, and this new website will help drive that effort."

About ReSermon 

ReSermon is an innovative service for pastors and churches to repurpose sermon content into the public square. ReSermon turns sermon content into closed captions, blog posts, social media posts, editorials, books and more. For more information, visit

Me too: I'm with Brad Lindemann, "In Business For Life"

By Christopher Mann
Brad Lindemann is an Indianapolis entrepreneur and renown lover of fathers, mothers and babies. The father of five, along with his wife Elaine, have had multiple connections with the abortion issue since beginning their lives together in 1974. 

In late 2013, Brad asked me to build him a thought leadership platform upon which he could call fellow businessmen to devote their personal and professional resources to the goal of "ending legal abortion in our lifetime" and the fruit of our labor was Today, Brad is a blogger, writer, speaker and pro-life champion. For more information about Brad or his ministry, visit

Two years ago, I had a series of inspirational moments during my tenure at the Virginia Attorney Generals' office, and now I'm taking some big steps. I remember watching a CNN show that was talking about religion but had no reputable guests. I said to myself, "This show needs guys who really know the topic of religion, and don't just fawn over each other's ignorance and speculate about the mind of God. Someday, I want to do for pastors what I've been doing for politicians."

That set into motion a service that would eventually become known as To date, the service has helped some pastors and churches around the country with transcription and some modest writing assistance, but I'm looking forward to pouring myself into this vision and seeing how I can help pastors engage the public square with sermon content. 

I don't just want to work for pastors, however. Indeed, pastors are probably the last professional class who can employ me, anyway. I want to help subject matter experts become thought leaders through speaking and writing. I doubt that academics, attorneys, and other professional classes would have much interest in being served by an entity like, so I suspect that I'll need to come up with a separate brand for this customer type.
August 9, 2012
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FORT WAYNE -- Crossroads Bible College today retained Christopher Mann to head up a six month marketing campaign designed to raise the school's Fort Wayne campus profile among urban audiences. 

"Crossroads Bible College has strategically served the Indianapolis church since 1981, and now wants to serve the Fort Wayne church," said Christopher Mann. "We need to better understand the needs and desires of that church, so we're embarking on a Listening Tour. In the fall of 2015, Crossroads will host a series of luncheons at a variety of urban and rural church host sites in and around Fort Wayne. Crossroads is a catalytic resource for the church, and we need to hear from the church's thoughts about how the school can do that." 

The first luncheon is scheduled for September 9 at the Summit, 1027 West Rudisill Blvd. Dr. Jay Kesler, former president of Youth For Christ and Taylor University, has been confirmed as the event's key note speaker. For more information, visit

About Crossroads Bible College

Crossroads Bible College is an Indianapolis-based catalytic resource for the global church in the 21st century, training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ. The college was founded in 1981 on the east side of Indianapolis and now has extension campuses in Fort Wayne, Gary, College Park, and New Era. The Fort Wayne office was founded at the Summit in 2009, shortly after Ambassador Enterprises purchased the property from Taylor University. For more information visit
June 9, 2003
Contact: Christopher Mann, 317.557.6343

INDIANAPOLIS - Christopher Mann was retained by American Family Institute of Indiana to redesign and maintain updates for its main website, Chris Mann uses the Macromedia Dreamweaver and Adobe Creative Suite platforms.

"I marvel at how much AFA's executive director Micah Clark gets so much done with such modeset resources at his disposal," said Christoper Mann. "It is a pleasure and privilege to support his work on behalf of Hoosier families."
March 25, 2002
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Indiana Right to Life has tapped Christopher Mann to serve as its new Vice President and Political Action Committee director. A former aide to Congressman John Hostettler (IN-8) and marketing manager at the formerly Indianapolis-based Hudson Institute, Chris Mann will now head up county-level pro-life education and chapter development, as well as head up the group's political activism.

"This is a great honor," Chris Mann said. "In 1996, my wife and I grieved the loss of our first born son, Spencer, to a premature birth at IU Medical Center. That experience impressed upon us the urgency of educating the public about abortion. I want to thank RTL President Mike Fichter and his executive team for allowing me to help this organization grow to new levels."

Bestselling author Gwen Shamblin's theological views prompt publisher, supporters to drop her like unwanted carbohydrates

By Christopher Mann, for World Magazine
Randy and Janet Rice of Oklahoma City learned about Weigh Down Workshop in 1998. They lost some unwanted weight, Mr. Rice says, and learned to satisfy the hunger in their souls by loving God. In July they watched a promotional video for Weigh Down founder Gwen Shamblin's plan to start a new denomination, "Remnant Fellowship," designed to have frequent public confessions and no elders or pastors. 

"It was like the Lord really spoke to me," said Mr. Rice. "I really felt like I got a call to start a Fellowship." 

The feeling disappeared after he discovered that Mrs. Shamblin rejects the doctrine of the Trinity, the belief that God is three persons in one being. After questions about her beliefs erupted at her annual Desert Oasis Conference in Nashville in July, she posted a series of statements on her website to clarify her position. 

By Christopher Mann, for World Magazine
Posted July 1, 2000 at
Thirty-four people converged at College Park Baptist Church on a cold January night in Indianapolis, Ind. The ink was barely dry on New Year's resolutions as they took their seats for the first of 12 weekly classes designed to teach them how to lose weight, and much besides. 

Founded in 1992 by Gwen Shamblin, the Weigh Down Workshop grew by this spring into a for-profit company with a staff of 60; an estimated 125,000 people enrolled in Weigh Down programs worldwide in 1999. Her book, The Weigh Down Diet (Doubleday, 1997) has sold over one million copies. Thomas Nelson Publishers last summer committed $500,000-"the biggest launch of a book" in its 200-year history, it says-to helping her new book, Rise Above, sell two million copies by the summer of 2002. Fans can purchase Weigh Down videos, audiocassettes, CDs, T-shirts, journals, devotionals, mugs, mouse pads, yo-yos, tote bags, bookmarks, magnets, pens, note cubes, leather coasters, and a host of other memorabilia from the Weigh Down Workshop website, which claims to receive over two million hits per month. 

Maybe the success has come because, for Mrs. Shamblin, weight loss is not the main measure of success. 

"From day one," said the 44-year-old president, "weight was going to be the bait, then I get them in there, and on the first tape, the first page of the book, I talk about tobacco, alcohol, drugs, pornography. There will be a lot of people that will enter my program that will tackle marriage problems before they even start tackling the food."