By JENNIFER LECLAIRECHARISMA NEWSPublished: December 6 2012In a synergistic alliance between old friends, Mark Rutland is joining the preaching team at Jentezen Franklin's fast-growing Free Chapel church.
Both men are in a ministry transition of sorts and want to band together to build the kingdom of God. Free Chapel, a megachurch in the Atlanta area with a campus in Irvine, Calif., just opened its third location in Georgia. And Rutland will soon move from his role as the third president of Oral Roberts University (ORU).
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By BILL SHERMANTULSA WORLDPublished: December 2012Oral Roberts University at one point was "hanging on by a thread," ORU President Mark Rutland said Thursday in an interview about his latest book.
Rutland writes about ORU's comeback from scandal, lawsuits, and near-bankruptcy in his soon-to-be-released 14th book: "ReLaunch: How to Stage an Organizational Comeback."
In it, he draws from his leadership experiences at ORU, as well as another university and a mega-church he helped revive.Read more from this Tulsa World article here.
By TRACEY FINCKPublished: November 2012Hundreds of tribal girls in Northern Thailand who were "at risk" of being sold into sexual slavery, have become educated, independent, women of God because of Global Servants' House of Grace. Emily [Leatherbarrow] is the coordinator of Thai operations for Global Servants. She oversees the staff and home, corresponds with each girl's sponsor, coordinates mission teams and raises funds for House of Grace. Read more from this Gathering article here.
By MIRANDA SAINPublished: April 7, 2012While Ronny Brannen is known mostly in Covington as the pastor of the Prospect Church UMC, he is Uncle Ronny to more than 100 girls in both Thailand and Ghana.
To one Thai girl in particular, he is lovingly known as father.Pastor Brannen serves on the board of Global Servants, an outreach ministry that serves Ghana and Thailand. The ministry has established numerous churches in both countries. In addition to the churches, the ministry has opened a girls' home in Thailand and Ghana.
"We have a girls' home in Northern Thailand," said Brannen. "here we are just opening a girls' home in Ghana and there are six little girls." Read more from this Cov News article here.
By THE 700 CLUBPublished: February 6, 2011Dr. Mark Rutland currently serves as president of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.He was the first ORU president not in the Roberts family, and was the choice of the late ORU founder, Oral Roberts, for the position. He was named to head ORU in 2009 after Richard Roberts, the son of Oral Roberts, was forced to resign amid a wrongful termination lawsuit and millions of dollars of debt at ORU. Rutland is a nationally recognized leader in organizational turnaround. In fact, in the past 25 years of leadership, he’s been credited for the dramatic turnaround of three organizations. He’s led a Florida megachurch, Calvary Assembly, out from the brink of bankruptcy, and then brought Southeastern University, an Assemblies of God college in Lakeland, Florida, from a small, dying Bible college to a thriving university in one decade. And now, ORU had reaped benefits of his leadership, as well. Read more from this 700 Club article here. Watch the 700 Club interview here.
By TULSA WORLD'S EDITORIAL WRITERSPublished: September 28, 2011No one observing the crisis in management at Oral Roberts University expected a miracle in 2009 when Mark Rutland took on the presidency. Rutland was the first outsider to lead an institution that, throughout its 50-year history, had been led by namesake founder, Oral Roberts, and later, Roberts' son, Richard Roberts. Under the latter, ORU underwent financial chaos - some of it attributed to the lavish spending habits of Richard Roberts' family. Students and faculty, with ample justification, lost faith in Richard Roberts' leadership skills. Read more from this Tulsa World article here.
By Dr. Mark RutlandPublished: August 1, 2012Trust, confidence, leadership - but the greatest is vision.I have been the leader/CEO through three institutional turnarounds over the last 25 years. One was a megachurch and two were universities. While each one was unique in some of its challenges, there were issues as well as leadership and management tools that were common and applicable to all three.Calvary Church in Orlando, FL, had been a beacon of spectacular growth in the 1970s. High-octane worship, cutting-edge innovation and unbridled hubris were the volatile cocktail that first fueled Calvary – then blew it to pieces. Scandal rocked it like a bomb before steady decline dragged it into debt, diminished attendance and finally, bankruptcy. Read more from this Church Executive article here.
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By ANNE BROCKMANPublished: May 2011Looking through the wall of windows lining one side of Mark Rutland's office, the campus of Oral Roberts University comes into focus. Rutland, who has a Ph.D. in church growth and became the third president of ORU in July 2009, now offices in space occupied by Oral Roberts only 13 years ago.The whole philosophy of the university is embodied in this office, Rutland says: "Open up, lighten up, brighten up and loosen up."Alison, his wife of more than 44 years, helped redecorate the office, and her picture is seen throughout the space.Read more from this Tulsa People article here.
By BILL SHERMAN World Religion WriterPublished: 7/7/2010 2:19 AMLast Modified: 8/12/2010 9:54 AMFor Mark Rutland, who completed his first year as the president of Oral Roberts University on July 1, it's always been about the students."I love the faculty, and I'm crazy in love with the students," Rutland said."A bond with the students developed faster than I had any right to expect. I'm devoted to them. I absolutely love them. They're bright, articulate, challenging, fun and deeply committed. It's an impressive group of young people."When Rutland was first advised about the ORU job, he turned it down. At the time, he was the president of Southeastern University, an Assemblies of God college in Lakeland, Fla., that during the previous 10 years he had brought from a small, dying Bible college to a thriving university. Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20100707_18_A1_MarkRu749787&archive=yes
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