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 six 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 and his latest, Ministry in the New Marriage Culture. 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 three grandchildren. His hobbies include reading fiction, cheering on the Oregon Ducks, and searching for the world’s best barbeque restaurant.
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The longer you lead, the more susceptible you become to discouragement, cynicism, and bitterness. Frankly, losing hurts. It’s painful when evil prevails. No matter how hard you preach, teach, and counsel, people still make horrible choices that destroy relationships, families, and churches. No matter how carefully you strategize, sinful people will undermine your best efforts. Political systems, governing authorities, and corporate practices all bear the taint of sin and seem to conspire against spiritual progress. When these forces align, it’s tough to maintain faith. When a ministry organization loses money or people or influence because of unjust practices, it’s easy to just give up. Why try when the deck seems stacked against us?
One of the best things about getting older is gaining perspective. Over time, your viewpoint on past events changes. What once seemed really important now seems less so, and mountain-sized problems look like anthills in retrospect.
Peter emphasized shepherding as a priority, the necessity of fiscal responsibility, developing character more than skills, and discerning the demonic forces behind our spiritual battles. While other issues may deserve careful treatment, these priorities can’t be ignored.