Julia Holcomb will serve as the baquent's keynote speaker. Tickets  can be obtained at ProLifeBanquet.com.
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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):
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Taking Learning to Task, by Jane Vella
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Thanks for the Feedback, by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
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Mindset, by Carol Dweck
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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni
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The Art of Innovation, by Tom Kelly

 
 

ReSermon repurposes sermon content "into the public square."

October 1, 2015
Contact: Christopher Mann
Chris.Mann@ReSermon.com | 260.255.4484

FORT WAYNE -- Christopher Mann announced today the launch of the completely revamped ReSermon.com 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 www.ReSermon.com.
 
 

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 InBusinessForLife.org. Today, Brad is a blogger, writer, speaker and pro-life champion. For more information about Brad or his ministry, visit www.InBusinessForLife.org.

 
 
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 ReSermon.com. 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 ReSermon.com, so I suspect that I'll need to come up with a separate brand for this customer type.
 
 
August 9, 2012
Contact: Christopher Mann | 260.255.4484
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 www.Crossroads.edu/FortWayne.

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 www.Crossroads.edu/FortWayne.
 
 
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
It is with mixed emotions to announce that I have accepted a job offer that will take me and my family to Richmond, Virginia. I am very excited to accept an invitation from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to join his communication team as Deputy Director of Communication. I will serve as a member of his executive leadership team, serving as a speech writer, editorial writer, media manager and spokesman.

While I am humbled by this invitation and excited join Mr. Cuccinelli's team, leaving the Hoosier land is no small matter for us. While I grew up in northern Virginia, just across the river from Washington, D.C., I came to to Indiana University as an undergraduate in 1988. Seven years later I married a Hoosier, and we have since then been blessed with seven additional little Hoosiers born in Bloomington, Indianapolis and, now, Fort Wayne. Leaving this state is no easy decision, but we leave with many treasured memories.

“This is the time to remember because it will not last forever; these are the days to hold on to because we won’t although we’ll want to.” » Billy Joel
 
 

Chris Mann, newly minted M.B.A.

Some of my fellow MBA graduates are thinking, "Man, I never thought this day would come," but that's really not the case for me. I knew this day would come and I'm glad it is here, but honestly, I have enjoyed this educational process in a way I had not envisioned. 

Academics has always been tough for me. This master's program was tough, too. But I earned straight Cs in high school and college, while earning straight As in my master's courses. What has been the difference? Oversimplified -- maturity. I approached high school as an opportunity to major in football, wrestling, track, and Young Life (a high school youth ministry), and then work in my course work if/when it would fit. In college, I majored in football, fraternity, bible study, ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ, and squeezed in just enough Cs and course work to get my degree in five years.

This time, however, my majors were the right majors and the minors were the right minors. I began this program in the fall of 2008 at the tender age of 39 with a job, a wife, and six children. Probably this time next week, we'll add Manncub #7. By prioritizing my walk with Christ, then my family, then my job, and then my education, everything got the right amount and kind of attention. Exhibit A: My 3.93 grade point average. I never dreamed of such an accomplishment as a teenager at Yorktown High School or an undergraduate at IU Bloomington.

Thank you, Jesus. Thank you for saving me from myself, moving my feet from shifting sand to the steady rock, and then settling down with my best friend, Ruth, who has tamed and domesticated me like I desperately needed. 
 
 
June 9, 2003
Contact: Christopher Mann, 317.557.6343
christophermann@ameritech.net

INDIANAPOLIS - Christopher Mann was retained by American Family Institute of Indiana to redesign and maintain updates for its main website, www.AFAIN.net. 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."