On September 9, Randel announced the formation of the Center for Effective Leadership “to provide resources for pastors, church staffs and congregations in developing excellent leadership skills and practices.”
Ron Herring, Emily Prevost and Diamend Bianco are the center’s staff and will seek to help develop leaders across the state in a new way. They are already seeking to listen to Texas Baptists and begin to ascertain people’s leadership needs. From there, they can connect people to existing resources and create others, using the skills of passionate Texas Baptists to provide contextually-appropriate leadership resources to meet needs.
The center’s budget has limited Cooperative Program funds at this point and is meant to quickly become fully supported by money from other sources. The Center for Effective Leadership will continue some of the ministries performed by what was the BGCT Congregational Leadership Team, including women in ministry efforts and ministry assesment testing for ministry students. In fact, by connecting with a wider group of Texas Baptists, Ron and Emily believe these efforts will grow larger and more effective than they currently are. They will continue to work with our institutions sponsoring Women In Ministry conferences at Logsdon and Truett and encouraging ministries like the Latina Leadership Institute led by Dr. Nora Lozano of BUA.
The creation of the center does mean some staff changes. Bivocational Specialist Cecil Deadman will continue this role and has moved to the Christian Education/Discipleship Center. Bill Claiborne, who was primarily working on Texas E-Quip, is now the congregational strategist for Area 8, which includes Dallas. All of the strategists are now in the Christian Education/Discipleship Center.
One staff position, leadership development/women in ministry consultant; coordinator of strategic relationships, will be eliminated Oct. 31 by the change in convention structure and strategy. Randel Everett said, “We are grateful for the significant contribution that Julie Sadler has made to Texas Baptists and are confident she will continue to have a positive influence on our churches especially in matters such as Women In Ministry.”
If you have any questions about the Center for Effective Leadership or simply want to talk about leadership, call Ron or Emily at 888-244-9400.