Throughout seminary and graduate school, I read everything Lyle Schaller wrote. He was my hero, my inspiration for ministry. We had never met until he approached me, asking if I would write a book in the Creative Leadership Series, published by Abingdon. I was a fan of that series already. I was both shocked and humbled when he said he had read some of my books and wanted me to be a part of the leadership series.
I was stunned when he approached me and asked me about my consulting work with Church Doctor Ministries. When he offered to personally train me, on the job, at no expense, I was thrilled. It was a symbol of his generosity and vision for legacy. It was an experience of a lifetime to be trained in person by Lyle Schaller. We spent numerous days and evenings together as I watched the master at work. His generosity and willingness to share all of his tools for consulting represented the scale of his leadership. His kindness moved my ability to help churches forward beyond measurement. I stand among so many who are grateful to God for the gift of Lyle Schaller. What a model and mentor he has been!
Kent Hunter, founder of Church Doctor Ministries, is known as the Church Doctor. His most recent e-books are The Future Is Now and The J-Dog Journey, available at no cost. Contact him at (800) 626-8515, by email, Twitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.