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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Gateway Seminary was founded in 1944 as a result of a prayer meeting. Pastor Isam Hodges invited six deacons and their wives to his home to pray about starting a seminary to train ministry leaders in the West.
Southern Baptists are facing the significant challenge of how to respond to sexual abuse in churches and by church leaders. The scope of the problem demands churches, church leaders, and denominational leaders confront it aggressively. Gateway has been and will continue to be proactive on these issues – evaluating, improving, and implementing organizational policies related to these issues and continually updating our curriculum to train future leaders about them.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has had a rough few days. He inflamed the abortion debate with comments on late term abortion. He was then castigated for a racially insensitive photo on his college yearbook page (he later denied being in the photo). His future in public life is pending. The public response to these statements and actions has been interesting, and revealing, about the values driving many in our culture.