Since 2006, Alan Scott has been one of the pastors at Cumberland Community Church in Smyrna, Georgia. God has used Alan and a team of people to turn this once attractional church into an authentic community church attempting to transform Smyrna, Atlanta, and the world. Previous to this assignment, Alan was a teaching pastor in Denver, a pastor in Indiana, church planter in Georgia, and a youth pastor in Ohio.
On May 9, 1987, Alan graduated from Cincinnati Christian University with an English Bible degree. He married his college love, Sherry, on that same day. Alan and Sherry have four kids: Brooklynn, Lauren, Morgan, and Michael.
In 2005, Alan published: “It’s A God-Thing… Miracle In A Cornfield.”
You can check out Alan’s video sermons and blogs at: www.cumberlandchurch.org. You can also catch up with Alan on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/alanrayscott and on Twitter @ alanrayscott.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yikes. I think my first published effort was with Standard Publishing in my early days of youth ministry. I wrote an article about rock music. It was titled something like... "Should Christians Listen To Rock Music?" I was young and probably waaay too legalistic as a Christian. The article probably played well with boxy believers. Not sure there was much impact outside the church walls. Sigh. Can I check this off to inexperience, immaturity, and the devil??!! :)
What is your writing process?
I spend a lot of time on my Sunday morning messages. "I Quit Being A Christian To Follow Jesus" was born out of a 2+ year message series from the book of Luke. About 25 hours each week is poured into study and writing, and from that ideas of a book begin to percolate. So... the process? Write a smokin' sermon. Collect a bunch of smokin' sermons. Put them in a book. Boom. Thar ya go.
I Quit Being A Christian To Follow Jesus is a challenging study birthed from the book of Luke. In this timely book, specific passages of scripture and strategies are explored to regain meaning to the much-maligned name of “Christian.”