Press Release

ERLC to Launch Leadership Network Council For Evangelical Pastors and Leaders

Jan 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C, Jan. 8, 2014The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention will launch its Leadership Network Council today, a group of evangelical pastors and leaders who will serve as an advisory council to the ERLC Leadership Network.

The ERLC Leadership Network is a movement of men and women—leaders, pastors and lay people—who desire to join the ERLCs efforts to apply the gospel of the kingdom to the major cultural issues of our day.

ERLC President, Russell D. Moore, comments on the launch of the Leadership Network.

The ERLC Leadership Network is about ministering in the midst of a devil-haunted universe, Moore said. As we come alongside one another, we'll talk about crucial ethical issues confronting churches and how we can engage the culture with a gospel-focus. We'll think through issues that aren't yet confronting churches, but will, and how we can best go through the difficulties of life and local church ministry with a joyful warrior kingdom expectancymarching toward Zion on the triumphant side of history.

The ERLC Leadership Network Council is comprised of 31 pastors across the U.S. who will serve an annual term, including Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas; David Platt, pastor at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala.; and J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C.

It is a blessing to be a part of the ERLC Leadership Network, Chandler said. When I need help navigating the challenging ethical issues that exist in today's culture, the ERLC is a great resource for me.

Members of the Leadership Council will be equipped by the ERLC throughout the year through conference calls and events, while providing direction for the Network and occasional content for erlc.com. All Leadership Council members either currently are serving or have previously served in pastoral ministry.

The ERLC helps me think Biblically and in gospel-responsible ways about the issues confronting our people every single day, said Greear. To not speak and think about these issues would be doing our people a great disservice. Russell Moore has assembled an excellent team to both represent us well, and help us lead our people well. The ERLC is a gift to our church and to the larger body of Christ.

To learn more about the ERLC Leadership Network Council visit the "web":erlc.com/network/council.

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Elizabeth Bristow

Elizabeth Bristow serves as the Press Secretary for the ERLC. Elizabeth oversees press and media operations for the organization and also coordinates marketing and advertising for ERLC events. Elizabeth received a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Union University in 2010.... Read More