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Leadership expert John Maxwell to speak at ACU April 25

April 18, 2006

John Maxwell will speak at Abilene Christian University at a special luncheon in the Teague Special Events Center April 25 at noon. He is known as America's expert on leadership and is the founder of INJOY Stewardship Services, an organization that partners with churches to provide vision-driven stewardship campaigns.

He also founded EQUIP, a non-profit organization that helps effective Christian leaders fulfill the Great Commission in every nation.  He is a New York Times best-selling author and has written more than 30 books. Maxwell's presentation will conclude ACU's Centennial Speaker Series. A book signing will immediately follow the luncheon.

Maxwell was asked to speak during the university's Centennial year because he is one of the United States' most published authors, said Dr. Rick Lytle, chair of the College of Business Administration.

"His books on leadership are timely, inspirational and widely acclaimed in both professional circles and religious circles," Lytle said.

Tickets for the Maxwell luncheon are available by calling, 325.674.2622 or 800.373.4220. General admission tickets cost $20; student tickets cost $10. Table sponsorships cost $300, which includes lunch for 10, an autographed photo and sponsorship recognition.

Maxwell founded INJOY in 1985 as a non-profit organization, operating out of his one-car garage in San Diego. The growing organization moved to the Atlanta area in 1997 where Maxwell and INJOY continued to develop integrity and passion in leaders through personal and professional growth resources.

The organization uses two methods for effectiveness: hosting seminars and conferences across the United States and Canada and providing ministry resources – books, audio kits, monthly tape subscriptions, instructional videos and online training.

INJOY's mission statement is to be "dedicated to developing leaders of excellence and integrity by providing the finest resources and training for personal and professional growth." The organization scheduled 165 events in 2004 and hosted more than 215,000 attendees.

Maxwell was born in Ohio to a preacher; he said he knew at age three that he wanted to follow a similar path, and when he was 17 years old, he attended Circleville Bible College in Ohio and earned a bachelor's degree in 1969.

After preaching for a year at a small church in Indiana with his new wife Margaret, Maxwell felt a calling to personal evangelism and began preaching and teaching in settings outside his congregation. Studying, practicing and teaching leadership became one of his main goals in 1972 when he realized the importance of solid leaders in ministry settings.

Since then, he has authored more than 30 books, including his latest book Failing Forward, which explores the concept of learning from mistakes. His 1999 release, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

"He is a perfect choice to wrap up an outstanding Centennial year of distinguished speakers," Lytle said. "His presence on the ACU campus will encourage and enlighten those who want to be stronger leaders where they live."



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