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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One of the seminar sessions at a men’s conference where I recently spoke was entitled, “Don’t Give Up Your Man Card.” The premise was men have a unique role and responsibilities. Abandoning those is harmful — both for men individually and the people they impact. Some critics dismiss a seminar like this for advocating stereotypical models, claiming those definitions harm men — and women. Not so.
Stewardship is a word often used to describe our relationship with money or material possessions. A steward is someone who manages what belongs to another person, making the most impact for or bringing benefit to the owner. Our leadership roles should be viewed through a stewardship lens.
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church (in Marietta, Georgia) received a $5.1 million offering in a single day for Great Commission causes last week, collected to honor outgoing senior pastor Bryant Wright and his wife Anne for 38 years of service. It’s typical of the Wrights to deflect any honor to them to the cause of missions. They are an outstanding example of a pastoral couple that has given their lives for their church and the kingdom of God. This may be the largest single-day missions offering by one church in Southern Baptist history.