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The Tar Heel Leadership Network was originally founded by Dr. Mark Corts, pastor of Calvary Baptist in Winston-Salem, in 1997.  I was part of the 2000 group and it had a big impact on my life and ministry.  The Baptist State Convention has entered into a joint endeavor with THL under the leadership of Dr. Steve Corts, pastor of Center Grove Church in Clemmons.  Tarheel Leadership Network provides a series of one-day seminars to train, encourage, and equip pastors for greater effectiveness in their personal life and pastoral leadership.  This is currently the most effective and practical pastoral training opportunity in our state.  Pastors from every level of pastoral experience and education will benefit by being a part of this opportunity for training, encouragement, and fellowship.  Basic requirements are a desire to grow in ministry effectiveness and a willingness to commit to attending the seminars. 


The best thing the association do to help churches is to invest in the lives and ministries of pastors. God has opened the door for the North Roanoke Association to serve as an Eastern NC satellite virtual campus for this ministry.   We now have a group of Eastern NC pastors meeting at the association office on the first Thursday of each month.  Steve and the THL Team met in person with the Rocky Mount group for the January meeting and the Rocky Mount group will travel to Clemmons for the last meeting of the year in November. The comradery and learning experience have been fantastic as pastors feel comfortable sharing their hearts in a confidential setting.


Rev. Bill Grisham, retired pastor of First, Rocky Mount, is serving as a personal ministry coach with monthly contacts between meetings for each Rocky Mount participant.   Rev. Dathan Hall and Rev. Clay Leonard (2020 participants) are operating the tech equipment and coordinating our local online group routine (lunch, breaks, etc.) with the Clemmons campus.   


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“I recently completed the year long Tar Heel Leadership (THL) program.  What a timely piece of insight, encouragement, and education this class was.  It was a very encouraging time to meet with a few local pastors and go through several topics and situations that face pastors every day.  Dr. Corts and his team did a magnificent job of presenting certain issues, policies, and solutions to areas that are often overlooked in church life, but are very crucial to church health.  I am honored to have taken part in the inaugural distance learning portion of THL. Up until last year, the class has only been offered in Clemmons, NC, therefore making it difficult for those of us in Eastern NC to attend.  I would have never been able to attend this valuable training class if it wasn’t for the support of the churches in the NRBA."


"So from this pastor, Thank You local churches.  I want to encourage all pastors, if you get a chance, do not pass up the opportunity to attend this program!”


Andy Sloan


Clay Leonard

“Tar Heel Leadership is an oasis in the desert of local church ministry for me as a Pastor.  I have been blessed to be equipped with practical knowledge and proven ministry strategies from seasoned Pastors and leaders. Their life-on-life approach has allowed me to engage with excellent mentors and coaches who love me and desire to see the imprint of Jesus in my life and ministry.  Tar Heel Leadership will give you tools and knowledge that you too can implement immediately into your ministry.  No matter what season of ministry you are in, Tar Heel Leadership is for you.  For more information on how to join THL go to”

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