John Bailey is excited about the challenges that joining the Windermere team will bring. His background in ministry includes local church work and management at the denominational level. He has led students and mission groups in recreation, camps, and service since the mid-80's. Overarching his life experience is a passion for the kingdom of God in Jesus Christ, a love for missions, and the desire to build a cohesive team wherever he serves. John is a compassionate listener and a loyal worker, as well as being a bridge-builder and a voice of reason in crisis. John and his wife of 30 years, Carol, have served through the local church in Hendersonville, TN; in John's hometown of Memphis, TN; and in Alpharetta, GA, where their two daughters (Christa and Cara) primarily grew up. In the late 90's he joined the team that mobilized students to rehabilitate sub-standard housing, known as World Changers, eventually leading the team as national manager, both through the North American Mission Board of Southern Baptists and at LifeWay Christian Resources. Volunteerism drives a large organization such as World Changers and her companion service model, P2 Missions, a church-starting strategy for students and their leaders. Through John's leadership over 24,000 students and adults were mobilized in 100 one-week projects in over 80 cities annually. John attended Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, and is a graduate of the University of Memphis, BBA. He is also a proud graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, MARE.

Using Recreation As A Ministry

Dear Windermere Friends, Sometimes recreation can get a bad reputation. Skeptics will say there is no substance in having fun. I am proud to say that outdoor adventure and recreation is a major part of the Windermere strategy. Windermere offers these recreation opportunities: (Some are offered only in the summer) marina inflatables, paddle boats, kayaks,…

Toughness

Dear Windermere Friends, I am a basketball fan. I had the chance to play at a small, Division IIIschool in Memphis. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t the major athlete. I enjoyed the discipline of working on something every day. I enjoyed playing on a team. Recently I came across a book written by Jay…

Feedback

Dear Windermere Friends, I received my bachelor’s degree in business administration. (I know it, a Baptist minister with a business degree, go figure) My professors recommended a lot of books by the leadership guru, Ken Blanchard. He is often quoted as saying, “feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Windermere has basically two ways to receive feedback. One…

Our Guests

Dear Windermere Friends, While thinking about our Windermere programming, I concluded that the key to health is not tied to programming. Don’t get me wrong. Our programming during the year is vital. I think our strategy is solid. However, while programming in important, there is a better indicator of health and growth. Programs don’t attract…

Yet

Dear Windermere Friends, Positive talk always generates momentum. Negative information does two things to our minds – 1) it slows forward movement and 2) it closes our mind. Our mind-set becomes fixed and closed to anything else. When your mind-set is fixed there is no room for growth. Having a fixed mind-set means you think…

People

Dear Windermere Friends, One of the Windermere Team Values is – put people first. What we say around here is- if the ministry honors people then people will honor our ministry. As I reflect on all the people who have come through our campus, I recall some that were an absolute joy to be a…

Improvements

Dear Windermere Friends, Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize….I do not run like a man running aimlessly…beat my body and make it my slave so that…I myself will not be disqualified.  1 Corinthians 9:24,…

A Hidden Treasure

Dear Windermere Friends,  Jesus replied, “What men find impossible is perfectly possible with God.” Luke 18:27 J.B. Phillips New Testament (Phillips)  I had a wonderful opportunity to meet with a very prominent Baptist pastor in our state. His name is not important to what I want to say. It is his testimony that blessed my heart. This…