Gateway Seminary’s Jeff Iorg Releases ‘Leading Major Change in Your Ministry’

Jeff Iorg knows a thing or two about leading a ministry through major change.

As president of Gateway Seminary, Iorg was responsible for relocating the 70-year-old institution — along with its employees and students — to a new location 400 miles away.

Now, Iorg is sharing the account of the relocation and other stories of successful change in his book, “Leading Major Change in Your Ministry,” by B&H Publishing Group.

Faced with a deteriorating campus and up against stiff community opposition to redevelopment, Iorg made the difficult decision to transition one of the nation’s largest seminaries — previously known as Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary — from its location in Mill Valley, Calif., to its new main campus in Ontario, Calif.

This move, completed in 2016, involved creating a fresh organizational structure, forming a new compensation strategy, upgrading technology and renaming the seminary.

In his new book, Iorg presents a model for how such decisions should be approached. He draws insight not only from the seminary relocation but also from his time spent as a pastor of a local church, as a church planter and as executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention.

“Decisions about major change require thoughtful, prayerful, courageous leadership,” Iorg writes. “Leaders need more than an intuitive feeling, an experienced hunch, or a moving emotional moment to solidify a decision to lead a major change.”

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Source: Baptist Press