Hale leaves MBC position for post in South Carolina
April 5, 2005
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) Leadership Development Specialist Monty Hale resigned from the MBC staff March 31 to take a position with the South Carolina Baptist Convention as director of pastoral ministries.
Hale served with the MBC for four years in the area of leadership, initially working as leadership coordinator before assuming a new role in a restructured convention.
“We’ve changed our focus from how do we grow the churches to how do we grow the kingdom,” Hale said. “That’s a different kind of leader. It’s not about how to organize a church as much as it is how to lead a church into being mission-minded.”
Hale has served as pastor for various Southern Baptist churches, including: Eastern Heights Baptist Church, Bartlesville, Okla.; Immanuel Baptist Church, Newton, Kan.; Crestview Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Big Lake Baptist Church near Mound City.
“In my ministry, I’ve been out plowing new territory,” he said. “I think that’s what I’ve done here.”
Hale said the success of the Minister’s Juggling Act, a retreat for pastors and their wives that is becoming a fixture at a plush resort in Branson, has blessed him. Hale founded the event as a way for the MBC to help grow leaders by providing both a time and a place for them to be refreshed.
“The way that I believe we need to continue to minister to pastors in this state is by anointing them and saying we want the best,” Hale said. “It just took off, and I was very overcome by the response.”