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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Tomorrow is the big day. They tell me that I have passed all the requirements, paid all the fees, and will graduate with a Doctor of Ministry in Town and Country Church. I have been contemplating the differences between being a small church pastor and a big church pastor. Since I am a small church pastor without an internet following, web page, or twitter account (although Facebook and a church web page were tried and unused by our church members), I decided to send this to you.
In a recent conversation about leadership and decision-making, a phrase was used that is a good descriptor of one aspect of leadership. My comment was, “I am not always right, but I am responsible.” One of the hallmarks of leadership is making decisions and owning the consequences. It’s a primary reason many people are willing to be on the team, but don’t want to play quarterback.
My two favorite women in the news recently are Gina Haspel and Maxine Thompson. Haspel is the first woman ever nominated to lead the CIA and Thompson shot a man who was trying to break into her home.