Dr. Thom Rainer has described Steve Parr as “one of the brightest minds alive today on church issues.” In thirty plus years of ministry he has assisted thousands of churches in strengthening their ministries by motivating and training leaders through seminars, conferences, preaching, and personal consultations. The Georgia Baptist Convention utilizes his skills not only in assisting local churches but in leading the missionary staff as the Vice-President of Staff Coordination and Development. He is currently leading an initiative on behalf of the Mission Board to challenge churches to focus on reaching the next generation. www.reachingnextgen.com

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Dr. Parr has served with distinction in local churches as a staff member as well as the interim pastor of more than a dozen congregations. He has a Masters of Divinity Degree in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Church Growth and Evangelism from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was featured on the twentieth anniversary of the Billy Graham School of Evangelism of Southern Seminary as one of twenty alumni making a Great Commission impact around the world.

His influence has been multiplied as author of several best-selling books on small group leadership, evangelism, and his novel; The Coffee Shop That Changed a Church. His newest book is based on a national research project of young adults who grew up attending church. While much has been written about those who have dropped out, Parr has written a powerful book that focuses on those who have “stayed” rather than “strayed.” Learn more at www.whytheystay.com. Also, visit www.steveparr.net to learn more about his efforts to Maximize Leadership.

Steve is married to Carolyn and has three adult children, Leah, Lauren, and Larissa, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren. In addition to spending time with family, Steve is a big fan of football, Nascar racing, and frequently plays disc golf.

Please consider this to be informational. For those assigned to make introductions, do not feel compelled to share all of these details, but only those relevant to the particular occasion. The main thing is that I love the Lord and the simplest introduction is “Steve is an author, preacher, and provides leadership for the missionary staff of the Georgia Baptist Convention.”



  • I was wondering if you had any training resources that accompanied your 3 books on Sunday school. I have just finished reading the first two and would love to use the material to help train my teachers.

  • I am the Sunday School Directory at Garden City Baptist Church in Murrells Inlet, S.C. I am reading “Sunday School That Really Works.” Do you have have a Power Point presentation you can send me? Our SS is really growing and your book cites some of the blessing that I see happening. Because some classes are near capacity we need to start a new adult mixed SS class and need some training and planning to make this happen. Fortunately, we have a young associate pastor who believes in training.
    May God bless you.

  • I would like to get your power point you used when you lead us on Why they Stray.

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