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twenty-five years of wide open doors

Praise God

In 1 Corinthians 16:8-9 Paul informs the Corinthians of his decision to remain for a time at Ephesus, “But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” When Paul arrived in Ephesus, he found approximately twelve disciples. After he baptized them in the name of Jesus, he taught boldly in the synagogue for three months. He then remained for two full years as God accomplished mighty things through him: healings, exorcisms, rampant confessions and repentance, and numerous professions of faith. Extraordinary miracles were occurring. The Name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified and the Word of God grew mightily and prevailed. Such is a “…wide door for effective work…” It’s exciting, isn’t it?

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a word from Russ

Russ Lloyd

Twenty-five years…  WOW!  It doesn’t seem possible.  During this first quarter century the Lord has taken us through a whirlwind of blessed opportunities to build in the lives of ministry leaders all around the world.  It is fitting at this juncture for me to consider how my remaining time in IBL can best be invested.

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bay area pastoral leadership seminar:
practical co-laboring

LH Training
Join us in the SF Bay Area
on Saturday, September 28, 2013
for a practical pastoral leadership seminar

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we’re celebrating our 25th…

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…and we want you
to join us for the party!

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remaining faithful, advancing forward

Early Ministry

In preparing our recent issue of our newsletter, Side-by-Side, I had the opportunity to review literally hundreds of photos of IBL’s twenty-five years of ministry to thousands of leaders across the U.S. and around the world (one of my favorites is shown at the left).  Since my own personal involvement with IBL dates from 1994— when Russ came to the church I attended in upstate New York to facilitate us in a long-range planning process—many of these photos brought back wonderful personal memories of God’s work in my churches and in the lives of my friends. While the photos prior to 1994 did not connect to my personal memories, they did bring to life the many stories Russ has shared with me about the various challenges faced by leaders over the years and how God used His Word, practically applied, to bring hope, clarity, direction, and vision.  What a blessing to see His faithfulness!

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update from the western U.S.

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I’ve been on the job five months here at IBL-West, serving as the Regional Coordinator.  I love the people, the culture and ministry here in the West. My region is vast. It stretches from Montana to New Mexico to the west coast and also includes Alaska and Hawaii. I love leaders in this “zone.” Ministry leadership is tough everywhere, but in the West you need to have a type of “pioneer mentality” to succeed in ministry.  I also love the variety in this region:  many different cultures are represented in the West, presenting a host of ministry challenges.

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my journey to freedom

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“Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt,
and the Lord your God brought you out…”

My grandfather sexually abused my mother as she grew up.  He committed suicide in the county jail, leaving his family destitute.  My widowed grandmother met a man with no room for children.  Within a month, my mother turned seventeen, graduated, and married, and then her mother married and moved away.

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WNC pastoral leadership seminar
finding fulfillment in my God-given call

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Join us in the beautiful
Blue Ridge Mountains
of Western North Carolina
on September 16 and 17, 2013
for a practical pastoral leadership seminar

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a new opportunity to strengthen leaders
IBL West

IBL West

For the past decade IBL has had a growing involvement in the southwest United States.  We are grateful for the many opportunities God has given us to impact pastors, leadership teams, and churches in that region of the country.

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a journey from misery to mission

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The journey began in late November 2011.  I call this a journey as I find myself continually growing as I progress in the direction that the Lord has set for me.  This journey did not have a “good” beginning but one of great challenges.

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