Gary Alan Shockley worked as a pastor in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church who became a certified grief counselor through the American Institute of Healthcare Professionals (AIHCP). He is also a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI) as well as a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). His books include The Meandering Way: Leading by Following the Spirit (Alban, 2007) and Imagining Church: Seeing Hope in a World of Change (Alban, 2009). He operates HopeSpring Creative Solutions.

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…