Future Leadership Foundation, a non-profit headquartered in Jefferson City, Mo., that works to develop Christian leaders across the globe, hosted a June gathering for Baptist leaders across Eastern Europe. Nine Missourians trekked to the Ukraine Baptist Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine, to meet Baptists from Belarus, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.
As a young man, Robert L. “Bob” Perry wanted to be an architect, but he believed his Ozark upbringing made that dream impossible. Instead, his Ozark qualities have made him an architect of leadership foundations for church leaders and a promoter of following dreams.
Talking with church health consultants reveals similar stories. One common experience they often share features a church that asks for help after burning through several pastors in nearly as many years. During the consulting process, a deacon or other lay leader says something like “we just can’t find a good pastor” or “seminaries don’t train pastors like they used to.”