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PRESS RELEASES: Creps authors book on reverse mentoring

Contact: Jennifer Hall, Promotions Coordinator
Phone: (417) 268-1024
Fax: (417) 268-1001; ATTN: Jennifer Hall

Springfield, Mo.—November 4, 2008—The book Reverse Mentoring: How Young Leaders Can Transform the Church and Why We Should Let Them, by Dr. Earl Creps, was released in September 2008 by Jossey-Bass and Leadership Network. Creps served as director of the AGTS Doctor of Ministry Program from 2001 to 2007.

“Unfortunately for Christ’s church, those of us who’ve been around for awhile in positions of leadership find it difficult to listen to those who haven’t... What could they ever teach us?” said Aubrey Malphurs, lead navigator, The Malphurs Group and senior professor at Dallas Seminary. “No question-this prevalent attitude is much to our disadvantage as we lose touch with the future of Christ’s church. So how can we learn to be quiet for once and listen? And why should we founts of wisdom even consider it? Earl Creps provides us with a compelling answer in reverse mentoring. This is a must read for all generations who love Christ’s church.” (Visit to read what others say about this book.)

Earl Creps, Ph.D., D.Min., is known for his work in connecting the younger generation of postmoderns with their Boomer predecessors. The author of Off-Road Disciplines, Creps, in this new book, explains how older church leaders can learn from younger leaders who are more conversant with culture, technology and social context. In addition to making the benefits of what he calls “reverse mentoring” apparent, he also makes it accessible by offering practical steps to implement this discipline at both personal and organizational levels, particularly in communication, evangelism and leadership.

Creps’ new book is a topic of interest both inside and outside the church as older leaders realize that they’re not “getting it” when it comes to technologies (iPod, IM, blogging) or cultural issues such as the fact that younger people see the world in an entirely different way. Creps has been personally involved in reverse mentoring for several years and has spoken and written on the subject extensively.

Earl Creps, a former pastor, ministries consultant and university professor, is a sought-after speaker and innovative leader. He is currently a church planter in Berkeley, California.

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Updated: Thursday, November 13, 2008 10:18 AM

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