‘Creative God’ brings Chris Perry to Good News church

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM.

Perry has a bachelor’s degree of science in meteorology, and still does his own forecasting every day to keep his skills sharp.

"I do a daily Walt Disney World forecast for the fan/vacation planning website Intercot," Perry said. "But in terms of my church work, I'm a certified trainer for the United Methodist Church in disaster response and chainsaw work in disaster areas. I also still do some storm chasing and keep in contact with my friends in the meteorology community to assist when needed."

With that busy schedule, Perry still has found the time to write two books on leadership. The first "Learning to Talk Sheep," he co-wrote with his father.

Divinity and Disney

His second book, "The Church Mouse: Leadership Lessons from the Magic Kingdom," takes the leadership principles of Disney and applies them to the church setting with practical examples.

"A very visible example of Disney's attention to detail is that every single castle in the Disney parks around the world has its own unique paint scheme that will shimmer perfectly at sunset to create that 'magical' glow," Perry said. "In the church we rarely think about details like paint scheme and what different colors do to create a specific mood or atmosphere."

Perry said that Walt Disney's vision of EPCOT, showing how people would live in the future, is what the church should be doing.

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