“God made each of us then whispered think symphony, not solo. Individually capable, collectively unbelievable” ~ Bob Goff

Dr. Ryan T. Hartwig is a professor, leader, speaker, author, consultant, and shepherd. Bringing a unique perspective as a teacher, researcher and practitioner, he works to help others think deeply about what they are doing, why they are doing it, what doing it actually accomplishes, and how they might do it better.

 Currently, Ryan serves as chair and associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University. He has taught courses in group, organizational and leadership communication for over a decade, and he has led, trained and developed teams for more than fifteen years in universities and churches. His scholarship has been published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research and Group Facilitation, and recognized with several awards from the National Communication Association. His book, Teams That Thrive, is a compilation of his research that provides an in depth exploration of healthy team leadership. 

Ryan journeys through life with his wife Jill and four children Halle, Alia, Katelyn and Matthew. They enjoy a full family life, replete with lots of pool time, trips to the beach, and hanging out with family and friends. He loves the Broncos, shooting hoops, playing card and board games, and eating. He has a passion for Jesus and the local church and his heart beats for discipleship. Currently he serves on the preaching team at Foothill Church. Every day he endeavors to follow Jesus, love his family, serve the church, challenge students, and develop leaders who create thriving teams and collaborative organizations that reflect the ideals of the Body of Christ.

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Keynotes & Workshops

Ryan speaks internationally to thousands of leaders and students each year. Find out about bringing him to your organization or event.
Ryan frequently speaks to ministry leaders, college students, and non-profit leaders in chapels, church services, leadership retreats, and conferences.

Books & Articles

Ryan writes as a practical academic on leadership, teamwork, and communication. Find out more about his book and articles.
Ryan’s articles have been featured in periodicals such as Leadership Journal, Outreach Magazine, and his recent book Teams That Thrive has been lauded as an award-winning book on collaborative team leadership.

Training & Consulting

Ryan consults and trains hundreds of leaders annually in churches, universities, seminaries and nonprofit organizations.
Ryan helps leaders develop thriving leadership and ministry teams, small group ministries, and collaborative organizations through training workshops and seminars, and team and organizational assessments and facilitations.
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Keynotes & Workshops

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Ryan frequently speaks to ministry leaders, college students, and non-profit leaders in chapels, church services, leadership retreats, and conferences. Find out about bringing Ryan to your organization or event.  He often speaks on: 

  • Vocation and Calling      |      Making Work Meaningful

  • Ministry and Leadership Teams      |      Leadership Development

 

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The Myth of Meaningful Work

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Books & Articles

Ryan writes with a unique voice as a practical academic on leadership, teamwork, and communication. Find out more about his book and articles. Ryan’s articles have been featured in leading periodicals such as Leadership Journal and Outreach Magazine, and his recent book Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership was recently named Outreach Magazine’s Leadership Resource of the Year and winner of the InterVarsity Press 2015 Readers’ Choice Award.

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Training & Consulting

Could your team use some help to grow healthy and effective?  Does your organization need some fresh insights on how you can work better together, either within teams or across the entire organization?In addition to providing team and organizational assessment, Ryan offers customized training workshops and facilitates leadership conferences and retreats on Developing Thriving Leadership and Ministry TeamsExecuting with Excellence, Building a Collaborative OrganizationMaking Great Decisions as a Team, and Transitioning to a Team-Based Organization.

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