Jeff Iorg: Pastor, author, teacher, leader
Dr. Iorg teaches leadership, preaching, and church ministry courses at Gateway Seminary. He speaks frequently on these subjects in conferences and other venues, including college campuses and leadership seminars. His publications include seven books: The Painful Side of Leadership, The Character of Leadership, Is God Calling Me?, The Case for Antioch, Seasons of a Leader’s Life, Unscripted, Ministry in the New Marriage Culture, and his latest, Leading Major Change in Your Ministry. Iorg has also written dozens of articles and curriculum materials.
Iorg is a graduate of Hardin Simmons University (B.A.), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He is married to Ann, has three adult children, and four grandchildren. His hobbies include reading fiction, cheering on the Oregon Ducks, and searching for the world’s best barbeque restaurant.
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When we rebranded as Gateway Seminary, we knew it would take a while for the new name to become better known than our old one. We chose a generic name we could use anywhere/anytime, replacing being identified with one of the ten most famous landmarks in the world (which shall remain unnamed to avoid further confusion!). We have been promoting our new name in all kinds of place for the past three years – including logo shirts.
Early in my tenure, I spied a seminary maintenance supervisor coming through the doors at graduation. I was surprised to see him in a coat and tie at a more formal event and asked, “Do you have a student-friend who is graduating?” When he told me “No,” I said, “Oh, I was just surprised to see you here.” His reply has stuck with me over these years. He said, “Why do you think we clean toilets and mow grass? It’s for this. Graduation is kind of the point, isn’t it?”
My recent blogs on our confusion about declaring and defending the gospel prompted one supporter to write me back. While he applauded my overall point, he opined some Christians – even pastors - seem to be confused about the simplicity of the gospel. He referenced a recent memorial service, led by an evangelical pastor, in which the pastor promised to honor the request of the deceased to share “the simple gospel” at his funeral.