Visioning Retreat

Whether your ministry needs a jump start or renewed focus, a Visioning Retreat can be an important first step. In a matter of one or two days, CLC can help your ministry leadership team: Find its core working values Remember key elements of Jesus’ desires and expectations for his church and its mission Learn how…

Roger Bird

“No.” This was Roger Bird’s response when his pastor asked him if he’d be the church planter they’d done a nationwide search for, and hadn’t been able to find. “I don’t like church that much. I don’t want to be the main guy.” He was the “kid guy,” the one who was happy to leave…

Eliza Bast

“What else can I build?” That was Eliza Bast’s response to completing the task of directing and designing the programming and infrastructure for The Point Community Center. She didn’t need the Commissioned Pastor program to help her be a “doer” – she’d always been that. In fact, it’s her “doer” personality that made the CP…

A Revitalized Church

A Revitalized Church This is an unusual place. A Reformed church with a rich RCA history within its white, Dutch heritage, which is now a multi-racial, multi-generational faith community. A church that experienced significant decline over several decades that has now reversed that trajectory and has added 110 new members in the past five years,…

Ted Polleys

One of our pastoral candidates, Ted Polleys (Charlevoix, Michigan), recently wrote, “I will be commissioned in January! Thank you for all of your help. This truly has been an incredible experience. The CP [Commissioned Pastor] program has been a perfect fit for me, and I am so excited to see what God has in store.…

Gene McClellan

After a twenty year career in the Navy as a lay chaplain, Gene McClellan returned to the Ludington, MI area and started HELP (Hands Extended Loving People) Ministry. This ministry provides furniture, appliances, and household goods to families and individuals in need of such. It assists clients with rent, utilities, medical bills, and transportation, in…

Rodrigo Cano

Rodrigo Cano is pictured with his mentor and friend, veteran missionary to Mexico, Rev. Jim Heneveld. Rodrigo is the Hispanic church planter of Alas Conexion (Connections) Church, Grand Rapids, MI. Pastor Cano has a BA in Business Administration from San Diego State University. His ministry experiences include preaching, leading worship and Bible study, youth ministry,…

Steve Martin

We do personalized training plans. Steve Martin of Fellowship Church, Hudsonville, MI is pictured with Rev. Shawn Hulst (Lead Pastor and classis representative) and, in the center, Rev. Earl Slotman (Mentor). Steve is in training for a position in pastoral care at fellowship church. Training plan meetings like this provide freedom to personalize and contextualize the learning…