Larry L. McSwain is a long-time educator at McAfee School of Theology, Shorter College, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He specializes in congregational research and training others in strategy planning processes and conflict ministry. He is author of The Calling of Congregational Leadership. Larry coaches ministers and consults with congregations through the Center for Healthy Churches.
He has five grandchildren and is married to Sue, a retired Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of Northside Drive Baptist Church where he teaches the Allen/Davis Church School class.
“Larry McSwain, one of the CHC’s consultants, provided invaluable assistance to our Staff Committee as we sought to clarify our entire staff structure. Larry led us through an intensive and thorough process that resulted in the development of new job descriptions, the development of salary ranges for each position, and an update of our personnel manual and Staff Committee responsibilities. He also devoted a great deal of time and energy in leading our ministry staff in some team-building exercises, which ushered in a fresh spirit of cohesiveness and cooperation. We are still reaping the benefits of his labors. I would recommend him or any of CHC’s consultants without reservation.”
From Bill Ireland, Pastor of First Baptist, Dalton, GA
“As a young minister it has been a wonderful asset having such a wonderful Ministry Coach. His guidance, insight, and advice have been invaluable to me as I am continuing to grow in my ministry.”
David Berg, Fitzgerald, Georgia
“In the spring of 2014, the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship contracted with Larry McSwain through the Center For Healthy Congregations to do an organizational audit of our organization. We were going through a time of leadership transition as both our Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator had moved to other opportunities. The resulting report we received was both illuminating and helpful. We could not have been more pleased.
From the beginning of the process, Larry sought to engage the varied constituencies of our organization. This was quite the challenge given the geography of our state. Larry made himself available in person for listening sessions that spread from eastern to western Kentucky. During these sessions, he carried himself with professionalism and true curiosity. He had prepared questions based on initial contact with organizational leadership and by reviewing our official documents. The questions he asked were constructive and future based and those leaving the meetings seemed uplifted and encouraged by the process.
Larry did everything he said he would do and completed all of his work on the timeline we generated at the beginning of the process. The audit he presented us clearly demonstrated that he had listened to our concerns. In it he both described our organization and suggested areas where we could strengthen our focus and increase our effectiveness. KBF is currently using his work as a blueprint for discussions and actions as we move forward.
I would not hesitate to use the services of Center for Healthy Congregations or Dr. Larry McSwain again. He truly helped us reset our organization mindset towards our future ministry.”
Rev. Robert M. Fox, Jr.
Moderator, Kentucky Baptist Fellowship (2014-2015)
“After spending two days with Dr. McSwain last fall, the staff here at St. Matthews asked, “When can we do this again?” He increased our understanding of one another and helped us see how we could work more effectively as a team. He is insightful, articulate, and passionate about the work of the local church.”
Dr. Greg Barr, Senior Pastor, St. Matthews Baptist Church, Louisville, KY