Gary Shockley is a member of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, currently an artist and art teacher living in North Carolina. He is the author of The Meandering Way: Leading by Following the Spirit (Alban, 2007) and Imagining Church: Seeing Hope in a World of Change (Alban, 2009).

Leading Ideas

Many congregations truly do believe they are open to everyone until someone different comes along making them feel uncomfortable. I meet people all the time…