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Our  Team

 We are here to help you help your congregation thrive.  

 Rev. Dr. Marjorie Funk-Pihl : In her nineteen years of parish ministry, Marj worked primarily with majority white, middle-class congregations who served neighborhoods made up of the same demographics. When she served as the Director for Evangelical Mission in the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she realized that she didn’t know how to help small, monocultural congregations situated in large, multicultural neighborhoods. Marj spent four years developing, implementing, and evaluating a vitality process to help congregations start new relationships with their multicultural neighbors. If you are curious about the research behind Living the Resurrection you can find Marj’s dissertation  here .   She  now serves as the founder and primary consultant of the Living the Resurrection

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 Rev. T. Conrad Selnick : For thirty years Conrad has incorporated his broad and deep understanding of Appreciative Inquiry into his work as a consultant with congregations, diocese, manufacturers, biotech companies, and school districts. He has helped organizations develop and implement processes for strategic planning, primary leader searches, enhanced productivity, and employee coaching. Conrad has experience with large scale organizational qualitative data gathering, planning, and change management. Dr. David Cooperrider, the founder and developer of Appreciative Inquiry was one of his professors when he earned an M.S. in Organizational Development and Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Conrad is also a retired Episcopal Priest. 

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  Rev. Michael Girlinghouse : is the interim chaplain for the ELCA and Episcopal Church at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.  Through Gracepoint Renewal Ministries and in partnership with Living the Resurrection Pastor Mike offers workshops, programs and presentations on grief, loss and nostalgia in congregational systems based on his book Embracing God's Future without Forgetting the Past (Fortress Press, 2019) and strength-based mission and strategic planning.  Formerly the Bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod, ELCA, Pastor Mike has extensive experience working with congregations in transition, exploring change, looking to expand mission or moving toward concluding their ministry.


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