BATON ROUGE - Bruce Sides, area director for Guidestone Financial Resources, recently moved from the Dallas area to the Baton Rouge area.
This makes him Guidestone's prototype for an out-based person, Sides
said with a wide grin.
"I think it's going to be something that will prove to be a viable option," said Sides
, a native of Baton Rouge who had been wanting to move back home to live nearer his
As the first geographically out-based employee of Guidestone
- an area director who lives out in the field as opposed to being based in Dallas - Sides' duties will not change very much.He
will continue to relate to Louisiana, Tennessee, and California.In addition, Sides
will pick up Mississippi because of his
proximity to that state.
There is no major difference in Sides
' relationship with Louisiana or the other states he
represents, Sides said.It should not be perceived that Sides
is becoming a "state representative," the Guidestone
However, the change in location does make for a more personal relationship with Guidestone clients in Louisiana, Sides
has offered to be available a few days a week by appointment at the Louisiana Baptist Convention
building in Alexandria, pending the availability of office space, so that clients can have face-to-face conferences with him.He
also plans to become involved with Baton Rouge- and New Orleans-area pastors on a regular basis, becoming more visible and available to them than he
was in Dallas.Guidestone
has provided Sides
with office equipment to use in his
home so that he
can connect to the Guidestone network just as if he
were sitting in his
office in Dallas, Sides
said. He explained that to him, his work at Guidestone is a ministry in an area that's very practical.
Having personal assets, such as investments, can help individuals serve the Lord better, Sides