Anna Mitchell Hall
Author, Consultant, Pastor, Coach
Rev. Dr. Anna Mitchell Hall is an author, consultant, coach, and ordained Baptist pastor who has coordinated programs and conducted research in churches, nonprofits, and universities. In her work as Director of Research and Development for ConvergenceUS.org, she draws on the latest research from across the fields of religious practice, organizational development, and adult learning to inform product development and implementation that supports the needs of pastors and churches. She holds a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, a Master of Public Administration from Valdosta State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, where her research focused on congregations experiencing a change in pastors.
Find Anna at https://www.facebook.com/changereadychristians,
https://twitter.com/annamhall, and https://www.linkedin.com/in/annamitchellhall
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What is it like to live out of a tiny cargo van while traveling across the USA? Wonderful, challenging, delightful, annoying, messy, breathtaking, and so much more.
#VanChurch is the true story of one couple's adventures camping across the country in a tiny van. In this wry, thoughtful travel memoir, Anna and Jim Hall chronicle the adventures and challenges of living for weeks and months out of a 40 square foot van. Facing down middle age and needing a new challenge, the couple finds delight, challenge, disorientation, and transformation along the way. With equal helpings of humor and reflections, the authors vividly portray the practicalities of #vanlife along with the spiritual lessons found on the journey. In locations from their native Georgia to the back roads of Iowa, to the mountain West, and back again, the Halls experience the struggles, the silliness, and the sublime of the great American road trip. The nomad life isn't as picturesque as portrayed on social media, yet in even the most gritty of road moments, there are gifts to be found.
#VanChurch is a spiritually rich and highly personal tribute to the gifts of travel - a love letter to getting outside one's comfort zone, and ultimately, to finding home wherever you are.
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FINDING STRENGTH AND SPIRIT IN UNEXPECTED CHANGE
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"Life After: Finding Strength and Spirit in Unexpected Change, by Anna Mitchell Hall, is the ideal book for anyone grappling with sudden change. Change happens to everyone. If you're looking for extra support and understanding during a tough time of change, Life After: Finding Strength and Spirit in Unexpected Change by Anna Mitchell Hall is a must-read." - 5 Stars, Tammy Ruggles, Readers Favorite
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FINDING TRANSFORMATION IN UNEXPECTED CHANGE
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"Church After: Finding Transformation in Unexpected Change by Anna Mitchell Hall is a non-fiction guide to the reality of transition and how best to not only adapt but to thrive. When I initially came across Hall's book, I assumed it was a post-pandemic manual on the future of live attendance at services. While this is certainly mentioned, Hall's outlook is sweeping. This is a book that begins with how we struggle with change within ourselves before moving into a fantastically comprehensive breakdown of the types of change a church can and likely will face, be it at a place like a small town First Baptist or an urban congregational. Topics include but are in no way limited to challenges and the power of change, facing, embracing, and practicing change, and preparedness and assisting youth in change, among many other areas. I can't say that I ever anticipated reading an excerpt from Church After to my daughter. The relatability and comfort of Anna Mitchell Hall set this work apart, particularly when quoting church members at a progressive church after hearing their pastor was resigning with the line, “In my opinion, I was like, ‘Okay, may the force be with you.’...” You're never going to engage a reader if they can't see beyond the pages to the human writing on them, not even in a book where a heart is open to receive a message that is literally given in good faith. Hall has some excellent anecdotal stories and uses real situations to assess what works and what doesn't, and the proactive steps that really do need to be taken. The idea is working WITH a congregation through periods of change instead of deciding how you will simply shepherd them, and providing an appendix worksheet to facilitate communal, mutual support. This is a wonderfully practical and insightful guide that is a necessary addition to the ministry bookshelf." -Asher Syed, for Readers' Favorite
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