Ircel Harrison is former director of collegiate ministries for the Tennessee Baptist Convention who served as coordinator of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship from 1998 until his retirement in 2008. He now is coaching consultant for Pinnacle Leadership Associates. He blogs at Barnabas File.
Ministers must continually seek to hone the skills and recharge the enthusiasm that makes fulfilling their callings rewarding — and possible over the long haul.
When it comes to denominations, what do we really expect in the 21st century?
Lay involvement is increasingly a must for successfully birthing new communities of faith.
As a candidate for executive coordinator, Suzii Paynter brings a lifetime of experience and expertise to the organization, but she could be especially effective in guiding CBF to develop a culture that will be open and inviting to a new generation of Baptists.
The Tennessee Baptist Convention is narrowing theological parameters for individuals deemed suitable for leadership. How is that working out?
Theological education is just beginning to catch up with changing needs of churches and culture that must be addressed if seminaries and divinity schools expect to survive.