July 29th, 2008 at 11:11 am
DALLAS – The Baptist General Convention of Texas has appointed Ron Herring to lead its Congregational Leadership Team.
Herring joined the BGCT staff in April after serving as director of missions for the Galveston Baptist Association. He first came on staff as intervention specialist assisting churches that are working through difficult situations, including conflict resolution and issues of clergy sexual misconduct.
Before serving the Galveston association, Herring was director of missions of the Rehoboth Baptist Association. He also previously served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Vidor, First Baptist Church in Lumberton, First Baptist Church in Pineland and Zion Hill Baptist Church in Weatherford.
Herring is passionate about helping people realize their full potential and accomplish what God is calling them to do. That process begins with helping individuals hear and understand God’s call upon their lives and then assisting them in growing as they pursue God’s will for their lives.
“As the Congregational Leadership Team we want to introduce ourselves to people in the earliest days of their call, whether that is a high schooler at Super Summer, a university student or a mid-career adult, and walk with them for their entire journey of ministry,” Herring said.
Sensing and responding to God’s call is central to living out one’s faith, Herring said. When people understand what God is asking of them and seek to do that, they will produce “spiritual fruit” – others will come to faith as a result of their witness.
The Congregational Leadership Team will provide tools and resources to help individuals recognize God’s call and follow it, Herring said. They will provide practical assistance that help Christians grow in their faith, which could have a major impact on the state.
“My hope for Texas Baptist Churches is that they will truly impact their communities for Christ and that cannot be done without called, healthy, equipped congregational leadership.”
Herring is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and has master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.