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Book Description

Work Out: An invitation to connect presents a 10-step process to think theologically – seeing God in scripture calling people to expand their understanding of who is welcome; look back to move forward – using history to provide a framework for where we have been and where we are going; and explore shifts from an individualistic way to thinking to a collective way of being – sacred interdependence. This guide is designed for people who want to learn to love like God loves us.

The Work Out guide includes:

  • step by step timeline for the Work Out Process
  • detailed explanations for each of the ten steps
  • training activities
  • Bible studies
  • questions for listening and reflection
  • and more

When done well, the Work Out Process will encourage leaders to deepen their theological understanding, expand relationships beyond their comfort zones, and recognize the gifts, resources, assets, and humanity of all people.

LEAD offers resources, training, and coaching to help congregations successfully move through the process. You can learn more here.

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About the Authors

peggy cropped 2Peggy Hahn is passionate about growing leaders and dreams of faith communities that attract people of all ages  and cultures as they make a difference in their neighborhoods and in the world. She served both in congregations and as Assistant to the Bishop in the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA for more than 34 years. She received the 2014 Tom Hunstad Award for Excellence in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. Peggy coordinated service projects for 36,000 people at the 2009 and 2012 ELCA Youth Gatherings in New Orleans and was the innovator of Camp Hope Day Camp Ministries and The Disciple Project. Peggy is the Executive Director of LEAD.


Kristen Krueger is passionate about finding places where study of our past can inform the present. She believes that this connection is vital to understanding and shaping our future. Kristen holds a PhD in history from the University of Houston and is an expert on the history of girlhood. She has taught history courses at three university and college campuses where she encourages students to uncover their personal stories and build critical thinking skills in the context of studying our nation’s past. Kristen also coordinates the LEAD Internship Program, is a member of the Camp Hope Ministries Leadership Team, and is a member of the ELCA National Youth Gathering Service Learning team for 2018. Kristen has two daughters who inspire her daily.


Rozella Haydée White is a coach, creator, and consultant and the owner of RHW Consulting, which focuses on accompanying individuals, organizations and communities to live meaningful lives by embracing the fullness of who they are. Rozella currently serves as the Houston City Director for Mission Year, an organization committed to walking with young adults as they fall in love with Jesus and the city becoming advocates for God’s justice in our neighborhoods and world. She is a consultant with LEAD focusing on empowering Christian leaders, transforming faith communities and influencing the world. Rozella previously served as the Director for Young Adult Ministry for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Rozella is desperately seeking justice, mercy, humility and love. She believes that everyone is gifted and has the power to transform themselves, their communities and the world when they tap into their most authentic self.

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By committing to the Work Out Process, you are making the decision to listen to and follow God into the future. Contact LEAD for additional options.