About the Author

Ryan R. Montague (PhD, University of Missouri) is a professor of communication at Azusa Pacific University.  Ryan focuses his research, writing, speaking, and training on emotional intelligence in personal relationships and spiritual intelligence in discipleship. 

When it comes to personal relationships, Ryan focuses on two key areas of teaching and training.

One, dating and spouse selection.  Ryan teaches an online course currently titled – A Christian Search for Lifelong Love: How to Cut Your Search Time in Half, Eliminate Baggage, and Find that Special Someone.  The course answers four key questions: When to Date?  Who to Date?  How to Date?  How to Select?  If you are interested in more information or would like to register for an upcoming online course you can email montague@divineopportunity.com.  Ryan also works with engaged and married couples as well. 

Two, emotional intelligence in professional relationships.  Ryan gives presentations and leads workshops to help professionals recognize the importance of emotional intelligence, take steps to improve their emotional intelligence, and foster an environment where that is possible for others around them as well.  Ryan has worked with for-profit and non-profit organizations.

When it comes to discipleship, Ryan focuses on three key areas of teaching and training, what he calls the gc3.  The first greatest commandment, the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-40), and the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20). 

The Greatest Commandment—to love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  Christianity is not a stressful act of obligatory obedience trying to prove your love for God, it’s simply about being in love with God and letting your thoughts, words, and actions flow out of that loving relationship. 

The second Greatest Commandment—love your neighbor as yourself.  Once you truly experience the love of the Father you will want nothing more than to share that with others.  You will begin to see your “neighbors” as they truly are—sons and daughters of a living God or lost sons and daughters who desperately need to be brought back to Him.  Ultimately, you will think of yourself less and less and think of others more and more.

The Great Commission—go and make disciples of all nations (people), baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  This can be simplified into two steps: (1) go and give people an opportunity to experience God and then (2) teach them about God.  Dan Kolenda put it this way, “A person who hears the gospel should have an experience that needs an explanation, not just an explanation of something that is in need of an experience!  The gospel must be a life-altering encounter.”

The gc3 has become the basis for Ryan’s life mission, purpose, and calling. 

Ryan and his wife Debra and their three kids (David, Makenna, and Bella) live in Southern California.


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