This week’s episode was a dream come true for me. I had the chance to talk with Crawford Loritts, a pastor and evangelist with an incredible legacy.  Crawford also happens to be the author of one of the best leadership books I’ve ever read (you can see some of my other recommendations here), and we get the chance to talk a bit about it as well. 

We talked through his experience leading Fellowship Bible Church for 15 years, processed the effects of deconstruction on the church, and how we can impact the culture around us as Christian leaders.  I know you’re going to appreciate what he has to say, whether you’re a church leader or a leader in a church.

Special thanks to Serve.HQ for sponsoring this week’s episode!


Simplicity and Clarity – 1:34

  • Crawford Lorrits’ background
  • Becoming a cheerleader for leaders.
  • Why simplicity and clarity are the keys to great leadership.

Church & Culture – 13:09

  • Current trends in the church
  • Crawford shares points of pride and heartbreak in the church

Getting back to basics – 28:12

  • Rusty and Crawford talk through deconstruction & polarization in this age.
  • Leadership as Identity
  • Are we portraits of Jesus?


About our Guest

Dr. Crawford Loritts was the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia for 15 years. He has served as a national evangelist with the American Missionary Fellowship and the Urban Evangelistic Mission, as well as Associate Director of Campus Crusade for Christ. He co-founded Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. He is a frequent speaker for professional sports teams including three Super Bowls and the NCAA Final Four Chapel. He has also spoken at conferences, churches, conventions and evangelistic outreaches throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the United States. Crawford has written numerous articles and books including Leadership as an Identity, Lessons from a Life Coach, and For a Time We Cannot See. Crawford and his wife, Karen, have four grown children.

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