Sally Morgenthaler


Sally Morgenthaler is recognized as an innovator in religious practices worldwide, catalyzing new trends in worship, congregational systems, gender relations, and leadership. Known best for her work in The Emergent Manifesto of Hope, Morgenthaler’s Leadership in a Flattened World called for a major shift in how clergy lead congregations: from command-and-control paradigms to radical collaboration. For the past two decades she has been a trusted interpreter of post-religious culture, as well as a prophetic voice — calling North American Christianity out of its inward-focus to become a transforming, generative presence in the world.

In early 2010 Morgenthaler left her work with religious institutions to explore the convergence of a developmental view of life (evolutionary) and spirituality. Interior Design: When the Inside Is the New Outside is her current book project, which explores the exponential rise of interiority vis-a-vis social networking, story-hunger (an increasing obsession with story, worldwide), the rise of the right brain (cultural creatives), advances in neuroscience, and an accelerating trend toward holism (the both/and). She is also co-authoring a book with Joseph Myers, titled, Technomadics: How People Belong and Behave Now. Technomadics reveals the shift into 21st century’s neo-nomadicism and maps its effects on everyday life.

Morgenthaler has been adjunct professor at Yale University, Asbury Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, George Fox University, Gordon Conwell Seminary, Mars Hill Graduate School, and Baylor University. She has also been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, including Catalyst, The American Society of Church Growth, The Beeson Institute, The Emergent National Conference, C21, The National Pastors Convention, Net Results, and National Worship Leaders Conference.

  • Worship Evangelism: Inviting Unbelievers into the Presence of God (1995)
  • An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (2007) contributed




  • Sally participated in January 2011 in The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity: Conversations at the Leading Edge of Faith, hosted by Michael Dowd. Among the participating guests were Brian McLaren,Richard Rohr, Matthew Fox, Doug Pagitt, Spencer Burke and Ursula King,
  • Sally contributed in The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations (2003) by Dan Kimball.
  • Sally wrote a foreword in Dan Kimball's Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations (emergentYS) (2004)
  • Sally wrote the foreword in Jim L. Wilson's Future Church: Ministry in a Post-Seeker Age (2004)
  • Worship Evangelism (1995) is endorsed by Leonard Sweet.

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