Adam brings a humanness to his work that is rare in the world of training and consulting. He blends expert knowledge and experience with real-life application in a way that connects with his audience. Adam journeys with his participants as a partner, making the training experience safe and fun while also challenging. Rarely will you find such a wonderful blend of humility, competence, and compassion. Adam represents the things that Next Element values. We are proud to recommend him and work alongside him.
— Nate Regier, Phd, Founding Co-Owner of Next Element Consulting LCC, Certifying Master PCM Trainer

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“They said dress up, I wore sneakers. They said pray daily, I fell asleep trying. They said believe through faith, I loved doubting,” he writes. “Over and over I began to ask, ‘Do these people accept me for who I am?’”

As a young man asking this question, he was right in his assumption that he was different than others who attended church, and now his study has proven it.

Using the concepts of the Process Communication Model (PCM), developed by Taibi Kahler, PhD, the article shows that the institutional Church primarily reaches people who perceive the world through Opinions, Thoughts, and Feelings and unintentionally excludes people who perceive the world through Reactions, Inactions, and Actions. The data for this article was collected using the PCM spiritual model Servants By Design (SBD) created by Dr. Robert Maris in consultation with Taibi Kahler, PhD. By giving individual and cultural examples the authors show the implications of this bias and propose solutions based on Adam’s work. With help of tools developed by Nate Regier, PhD, and the team at Next Element Consulting, LLC. Adam was able to measure changes in self efficacy among churchgoing people who received training in the six perceptual frameworks described in PCM. The changes reflected in the research are paired with stories of how individuals have responded with proper training. 


I have had the pleasure of being trained by Adam in several products associated with the Process Communications Module. Adam has a very natural training style that creates an environment for learning. He mixes humor and humility that allows the students to relax and examine themselves as they internalize the comprehensive material. His through knowledge and understanding of PCM concepts and its appropriate application is invaluable in helping the students learn how it applies to their lives. His ability to personally connect with each student at a level applicable to their needs increases the personal benefits that each student receives from the instruction. His presentation style brings fun to learning and keeps everyone in the classroom engaged.
— Ellston “Skeeter” White, Chief Information Officer, Retired Spirit Aerosystems Inc.
Adam is a great PCM trainer! He is knowledgable about the material, passionate about the impact it can have and compassionate to students as they learn and grow. Plus he is fun! He knows how to be playful at just the right moments to keep people engaged and the energy high. I’m thankful for the ways Adam has helped me to know myself better and communicate more effectively with others.
— Rev. Amy Lippolt, Vice Chair of the Great Plains UMC Board of Ordained Ministry
Adam Barlow-Thompson has fully embodied his training of PCM. Before going through the training myself, I noticed that he had an ability to connect with all different kinds of people in all different ways. Now I understand why. After learning about PCM myself and seeing him present, I recognize that Adam is whole-heartedly committed to communicating with all people in a language that they understand best. Because Adam has embodied his work in PCM, he is winsome and wise. But he is even better than that, he is committed to helping people grown, learn, and better connect with others.
— Rev. Ashlee Alley, Clergy Recruitment and Development Coordinator of the Great Plains UMC