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 nine 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, Leading Major Change in Your Ministry, and his latest, Shadow Christians. 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 five grandchildren. His hobbies include reading fiction, cheering on the Oregon Ducks, and searching for the world’s best barbeque restaurant.
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Listen to Lead On, Iorg's radio show on 99.5 KKLA Sundays at 3 p.m. pacific time. For more information about the show, visit KKLA's website.
Last week, my blog was about the durability of churches and church-related ministry organizations. Being the guest speaker at the 150th anniversary of a Baptist Association spurred my comments on this subject. The focus of my previous blog was a biblical and theological perspective on durability. Essentially, my point was churches (particularly) and church-related ministries (more generally) are sustained by centering on eternal resources and realities—the Bible, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the gospel.
It was my privilege to speak recently at the 150th anniversary celebration of the St. Joseph Baptist Association in Northwest Missouri. The association was founded in 1871 and now has 46 cooperating churches. They have maintained a consistent witness for the gospel, cooperated on multiple ministry efforts, planted churches, and otherwise extended the gospel in creative and effective ways. My first pastorate from 1982-89, at Green Valley Baptist Church, was in this association. It was an honor to revisit my ministry from that era and reconnect with several leaders and church members from 30 years ago.
We are drowning in misinformation and seem unable to swim to the truth. While politicians decry fake news, they also propagate it and relish in its effects on their opponents and elections. Everyday people are making life and death decisions based on what they read online from purported experts citing medical studies with obscure sources. Many follow online influencers to determine what they wear and eat, as well as their moral choices about everything from sexual expression to environmental practices. How did we get here?