Orlando Servant Leadership Conference Welcomes Center for Biblical Leadership Director

3/19/2020

Dr. Sam Voorhies, executive director of the Center for Biblical Leadership, teaches at the Orlando Servant Leadership Conference March 6-7, 2020.PBA Orlando’s Servant Leadership Conference equipped 60 business leaders and professionals to lead with humility, authenticity and courage, thanks to 10 respected speakers, including Center for Biblical Leadership Executive Director Dr. Sam Voorhies.

The theme of the conference, held March 6-7, was “It Starts with You.” Voorhies emphasized the importance of learning to lead and manage oneself in order to effectively lead and manage others.

True character and capability often reveal themselves in times of stress, he said. Leaders need to stop waiting for others to change and take responsibility to change themselves.

“For those of us with a Christian faith, it’s not just behavior change that we achieve on our own but transformation as we look to Christ as our model of servant leadership,” Voorhies said. “God’s Spirit offers to convict us of our self-deception and help us change.”

Other topics included performance, leadership traps, communication, courage, relationships, emotional intelligence, habits and self-care.

Gina Magrino, office manager and regional intake coordinator for Bethany Christian Services in Central Florida, found the conference to be just what she needed.

“In this day of information overload, many of us neglect taking care of ourselves,” Magrino said. “We can’t be the best for anyone else and especially the Kingdom, if we don’t take care of ourselves first. The information was very practical.”

PBA Orlando Executive Director Dr. Jeremy Couch speaks at the campus' Servant Leadership Conference, where 60 business and ministry leaders and professionals learned from 10 respected speakers.Dr. Jeremy Couch, executive director of PBA Orlando and assistant professor of leadership, created the Servant Leadership Conference and developed the theme.

“Leadership is about serving people and helping them realize their full potential,” Couch said. “In order to do that well, leaders must be intentional about working on themselves first. The entire focus of this year’s conference was to equip leaders to take a holistic approach to their own development.”

Other speakers included:

  • Dr. Jim Laub, professor of leadership and coordinator of the graduate leadership program
  • Dr. David Piccolo, associate professor of leadership and coordinator of PBA Orlando leadership programs
  • Dr. Lauren Hodges, facilitator, content creator, consultant
  • Janie Lacy '07, psychotherapist, mental health counselor, relationship expert, TV personality
  • Shannon Walsh, chief leadership officer, Global Equanimity Advisors
  • John Crossman, CEO, entrepreneur, community & diversity leader, author
  • David Jacques, pastor & entrepreneur
  • Anita Torres, executive leadership coach & consultant

A follow-up workshop series is planned for summer and fall. The next servant leadership conference is in March 2021.

Photo 1: Dr. Sam Voorhies, executive director of the Center for Biblical Leadership, teaches at the Orlando Servant Leadership Conference March 6-7, 2020.

Photo 2: PBA Orlando Executive Director Dr. Jeremy Couch speaks at the campus' Servant Leadership Conference, where 60 business and ministry leaders and professionals learned from 10 respected speakers.