Dr. Jolene Erlacher is an author, speaker, consultant and university professor. Her first book, Millennials in Ministry (Judson Press) was published in September 2014). Jolene's new book, Daniel Generation: Godly Leadership in an Ungodly Culture, was released in August 2018. She specializes in leadership and education, speaking on topics such as: managing and empowering Millennials, intergenerational teams, organizational leadership and behavior, healthy team development, generational learning styles, and kids and technology.
Jolene's educational background includes a graduate certificate in International Leadership. Her Master's degree is in English and her doctorate is in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She has also completed training on the StrengthsFinder assessment through Gallup Consulting and studied freelance writing at the Loft Literary Center. Jolene has worked in higher education, and as a speaker/trainer, for over fifteen years.
Jolene is a military spouse and mommy to Gen Z daughters. She has volunteered and studied in various countries including Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Kenya, and South Africa and currently resides in central North Carolina.
For more on Jolene’s work, visit her website at www.leadingtomorrow.org
- Daniel Generation: Godly Leadership in an Ungodly Culture was published in August 108. As Millennials and Generation Z (1980-2012) begin taking leadership roles in our churches, communities and organizations, they face unique challenges. A cultural context informed by moral relativism, technology and globalization requires leadership that remains faithful to biblical practices while creating and implementing new strategies. Like Daniel, who found himself in Nebuchadnezzar’s palace, a place foreign to his leaders and mentors in Jerusalem, young leaders today find themselves leading in an environment very different than that experienced by their parents and teachers. Lessons from Daniel’s life provide valuable insight for godly leaders of all ages as we navigate the leadership challenges of our day and prepare those who will lead in the future.
- Millennials in Ministry (Judson Press)-- Erlacher breaks new ground by placing this exploration of Millennials squarely within the ministry staff context. She carefully addresses the difficulties that Millennials experience within multigenerational staff teams. She encourages older leaders to develop a posture of openness and understanding toward Millennials, and calls Millennials to do the same toward their elders. This book is infused with thought-provoking anecdotes from interviews Erlacher conducted among Millennials who have spent time in ministry. In addition, each chapter concludes with a brief section that speaks directly “To Millennial Readers.” Erlacher does a great job of affirming the members of this generation while also challenging them to continue growing. Her final chapter also provides excellent tools to help ministry teams assess how “Millennial-friendly” they are. (excerpt from EMQ book review by Cory Seibel, pastor and instructor)
- 2018 Best of Pinehurst Award in the Consulting Services category by the Pinehurst Award Program