Pastor Terry Plotz

Pastor Terry Plotz

REEDSPORT --  A local pastor is excited about joining a national leadership firm and teaching leadership sessions to locals.

Reedsport Foursquare Church Pastor Terry Plotz will be part of The John Maxwell Team this summer, offering his leadership skills.

"Actually I'll be kicking things off in August," he said.

Maxwell has written almost 51 books. Looking at packed bookcases in his office, which sits just off of Highway 101 by the Reedsport Fire Department, Plotz estimated he has 12 of the author's leadership texts.

"He was a pastor and then realized that leadership was a key issue for pastoring," the Reedsport resident said. "So he started writing and speaking and doing all sorts of things."

Plotz plans to offer leadership classes at the Reedsport Branch Library and is working closely with head librarian Sue Cousineau on the logistics to bring this to fruition. Another set of courses will take place at the church, and sessions are free. For those who want to advance beyond the initial course, there's an extra cost.

"I guess I'm killing two birds with one stone," Plotz said, adding that he's looking at getting into the part-time business to help boost his retirement income. "I'm not looking at retiring yet. There's a real leadership vacuum in our country and especially here on the coast. We need new leaders."

"I'll be just starting to get the word out. I'm starting slow," Plotz said. "I don't intend to leave the church. That's still my priority."

"I just completed a doctorate in strategic leadership and so I had to read a lot of authors too," he said.

He graduated from Akeley High School in Akeley, Minn., in 1974. Next, he graduated in 1978 from Bemidji State University with a teaching degree.

Listening to Maxwell's podcasts and other social media helped the local pastor become much more familiar with him too.

In addition to his church duties, Plotz works for Douglas County, helping to promote disaster preparedness in the Reedsport area. He said once his contract with the county ends, he'll be available to help families and businesses.

"I'd especially like to help businesses with their plans," he said.

"Leadership is really just about influence," the pastor said. "And we're all leaders somewhere."

For more information on Plotz's classes, including fees for the advanced level ones, e-mail tplotz@mycompan.com or call 541-662-0095.

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The Umpqua Post Editor Shelby Case can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 296 or shelby.case@theworldlink.com.