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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Freedom of speech is what makes current protests possible and a vital part of political change. Freedom of speech means, with few limitations, freedom to espouse whatever beliefs you hold without governmental restriction. You may face opposition from people who disagree with you, but many of those same people would also fight for your right to speak. That’s the wonderful, amazing, paradox of American freedom of speech. We fight for people to have the right to speak out against everything we stand for.
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These are confusing and challenging times, which are complicated by the mishmash of issues, solutions, actions, reactions, and differing agendas of various groups and organizations. On top of that, inflammatory reporting by media (on all sides) and relentless social media posting continually change the narrative. Ministry leaders—in their various roles as community members, religious spokespersons, and organizational heads—are trying to contribute positive solutions.