Recently, Dr. Jeff Iorg was elected to the office of president/CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Iorg is a friend to Indiana Baptists. He preached at the 2022 SCBI Annual Summit, has been invited to preach in cooperating SCBI churches, and has attended gatherings with SCBI pastors as recently as this past April.

 

He has served as a church planter, state convention executive director (Northwest Baptist Convention), seminary president (Gateway Seminary), and as of May 13, 2024, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee (EC).

 

SCBI executive director, Dr. Ryan Strother, is excited to work in partnership with Dr. Iorg in this new relationship, and he asked Dr. Iorg some questions so that Indiana Baptists could hear his heart as he starts in his new role. Enjoy their interview!

 

 

RS: What has encouraged you most about Southern Baptist work since you started your new role?

JI: The most encouraging thing has been the positive, kind support from so many Southern Baptists who have reached out to offer their prayers and support as I begin my new responsibilities.  The second thing has been the many people who have voiced support for our mission of getting the gospel to more people – and their hope that will be my priority.

 

RS: What were your impressions of the Indiana pastors you met with in Indianapolis at an SCBI gathering on April 29?

JI: The pastors I met in Indiana are salt-of-the-earth leaders who are committed to reaching people and making disciples.  I was impressed with their missional focus and their appreciation for and commitment to our shared work as Southern Baptists.

 

RS: Why should Indiana Baptist church members continue giving and even consider increasing their giving through the Cooperative Program?

JI: The Cooperative Program is the best funding method ever devised for a collective of churches to come together and impact the world.  When you look at the value being achieved with Cooperative Program gifts, it is staggering!  We are supporting thousands of missionaries and hundreds of church plants – along with six stellar seminaries and our other entities.  We are also supporting outstanding work by state conventions.  All in all, the Cooperative Program is making a huge impact for the gospel.

 

RS: What or who was instrumental in helping you discern your calling to this new role?

JI: There were two primary factors God used to call me to the Executive Committee.  The first was a profound burden for making a difference in God’s kingdom by serving Southern Baptists in this way.  The second was the significant number of SBC leaders who asked me to step forward and consider the position.  Their support has been appreciated and is humbling.

 

RS: How can SCBI church members pray for you and Ann?

JI: Pray for our spiritual and physical stamina.  We aren’t as young as we used to be!  We want to serve vigorously and are depending on God’s grace to sustain us.  Pray also for our house/move/extended family issues as we re-order our lives for the next few years.  We were tracking toward retirement and now are on a new path.  We need God’s help as we follow him on this new path.