The Progressive SHIFT
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship’s Presiding Elect Bishop Joseph Walker sets the stage for A Progressive SHIFT During the 2013 Pastor and Ministry Worker’s Conference.
Well, Bishop Walker is not wasting anytime taking on the leadership of Full Gospel and has announced the second and third assistant presiding bishops. Obnoxious Breaking News! Changes In Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Under Bishop Joseph Walker–Plus He Announces The Following Appointments Bishop Darryl Brister-2nd Presiding Bishop Larry L. Brandon-3rd Presiding Bishop And Bishop Lester Love-Executive Secretary, we will use principles for his book to make changes in Full Gospel.
When Bishop Paul S. Morton announced his predecessor in July 2013, during the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Conference, he was confident that the Executive Council’s decision, Bishop Joseph W. Walker, would perpetuate and enhance the model ministry when he officially takes the office in 2015.
It is evident! This week Bishop Morton echoed again:
“Having felt the hand of God at work from the very beginning of this process, the choice was divine! Bishop Walker is a man of remarkable faith, talents and abilities. We are all so proud of him, and now Ebony Magazine has honored him as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Most Influential African Americans.”
Bishop Joseph W. Walker, poised and certain, hosted a successful Pastor and Ministry Worker’s Conference this week. The conference drew crowds of over 1,000 Full Gospel Leaders, as well as hundreds of pastors seeking to connect with the burgeoning fellowship.
“We are stronger than ever. I love and honor our Founder and Presiding Bishop, Paul S. Morton. I’m humbled and thankful to God that He and the Bishop’s Council opened this God-ordained door for me. It is with great confidence, much prayer, divine inspiration and wonderful counsel that we will move forward and continually impact the world.”
With great anticipation, Walker announced the new top tier of leadership and the powerful new foundational platform, to an overflow crowd.
Under Walker’s leadership, FGBCFI will focus on the SHIFT. A few points of the comprehensive vision include:
Preserve the theological values for the continuation of the Full Gospel movement
Foster a culture of empowered living
Use technology and creative tools for ministry enhancement
Strengthen and support the core family values
Be an advocate for social justice through solution-oriented strategies
The new top tier of the 2015 leadership includes:
Bishop Darryl Brister – 2nd Presiding Bishop
Bishop Larry L. Brandon – 3rd Presiding Bishop
Bishop Lester Love – Executive Secretary
All of these great men have served with FGBCFI since it’s inception and each had words of gratitude and commitment to share:
“I’m so humbled, honored, and excited just to be a part of the Shift! I’ve been a part of the formation of this great fellowship since it’s inception. I’ve seen others come and go; I’ve seen many elevated and consecrated to special offices, and though I was consecrated Bishop in 1996, at the age of 29, never did I see or even desire this seat! However, I’m ready to stand with our Presiding Bishop-Elect as he leads this great church as GOD gives him direction!” – Bishop Darryl Brister, Senior Pastor of Beacon Light
“We are better together! I am grateful for my spiritual father, Bishop Morton, and I am excited about the future of FGBCFI as God uses the man of favor, Bishop Walker.” – Bishop L. Larry Brandon, Senior Pastor at Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church
“I am honored and humbled by the faith Bishop Joseph Walker has in me to be designated as the new Executive Secretary of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. It is my pledge to do the utmost to keep that charge and meet the great responsibilities that our Fellowship has entrusted to this office. It is with eagerness and enthusiasm that I endeavor to assist in making the SHIFT a reality and a success. My gratefulness to Bishop Paul S. Morton for his years of training to prepare me for this great opportunity is immeasurable.” – Bishop Lester Love, Senior Pastor at The City of Love
It is officially confirmed. The SHIFT is happening now!
About FGBFCI: In 1992, Bishop Paul S. Morton founded the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, a movement to lead and teach born-again Christians how to become more strongly grounded in their faith in Jesus. FGBCFI is one of the largest African American Protestant organizations in the United States with an estimated two million members. FGBCFI headquarters are located in Atlanta, GA.
For more information, please visit: http://www.fullgospelbaptist.org
About Bishop Joseph Walker, III: Noted as one of the most educated and influential leaders in the ministerial community, Bishop Walker, born in Shreveport, LA, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University, a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Walker pastors Mount Zion Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in the nation with over 28,000 members located in Nashville, TN. Mt. Zion’s focus is outreach. With over 30 help, healing and empowerment ministries, Mt. Zion has helped over 100,000 families, and donated over $3 million dollars towards charity. Recently, Walker was elected as the next Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, a fellowship of 2,000 churches and two million members. He is the author of eight books, including the highly anticipated November 2013 release, LeaderShifts: Mastering Transitions in Leadership & Life. Bishop Walker also serves as the Bishop of Senior Pastors within the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. Walker is married to the former Dr. Stephaine Hale. She is the Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology at Vanderbilt University and they have one beautiful daughter, Jovanni Willow Walker.
For more information, please visit josephwalker3.org
About Bishop Darryl Brister: Brister is the Apostle/Overseer of Beacon Light International Ministries with churches nationwide. He also serves on the Executive Council as the Executive Secretary of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. In April 2010, he was inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers. He was featured in the 1995 November edition of Ebony Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Leaders of Tomorrow” and has authored nine books.
About Bishop Larry L. Brandon: Brandon oversees the Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral. Brandon is a member of the Board of Regents of the National Center for Faith Based Initiatives, Shreveport Chapter of the NAACP, and the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. He was also honored as being a panel guest for the Social Security Reform Effort during President George W. Bush’s visit to Shreveport in March 2005. Brandon serves as Chancellor of the University Christian Preparatory School of Shreveport.
About Bishop Lester Love: Love is the Senior Pastor of The City of Love in New Orleans, Louisiana. Internationally, Bishop Love serves as the Bishop of Protocol for FGBCFI. He is also a Community Leader and Award Winning Recording Artist. In 2006, he authored his first book, The Art of Armor Bearing: God’s Blueprint for Effective Servanthood, which has quickly become the “How to Book” for leadership training.
About The Book: LeaderShift: Mastering Transitions in Leadership and Life – by Joseph W. Walker, III
Foreword by Dave Ramsey – New York Times Best Selling Author
Our world isn’t slowing down, so only those who are willing to maneuver the tectonic cultural shifts will have sustainable ministry. From his extensive experience and using the biblical story of Joseph as an extended metaphor, Bishop Joseph Walker shares practical wisdom designed to help leaders reach out and equip their church to share a relevant Christian message. Joseph W. Walker III is bishop of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee. Under his leadership and over a span of twenty years, the church has grown from 175 to more than 28,000 members. During this time, Bishop Walker has seen people struggle to embrace the new things God is doing; and he fully appreciates how change heightens the demands of leadership. Shifting approaches to follow where God leads can also mean that leaders have to risk confronting cherished tradition, which Bishop Paul Morton calls “frozen success.” But shifting to meet new opportunities is also a delicate balance that acknowledges history while also being sensitive to those loyal people who have sustained the organization to this point. Effective leadership does not impose new ideas upon old systems without a strategy that enables everyone in the organization moving forward together. It’s not simply, “out with the old and in with the new.” Successful organizations do not forget their history, but they commit themselves to using it as a bridge to propel them to their destiny.