Leadership Courses

These courses for those with ministry calling and responsibilities. Readings and written assignments are required. Designed for church staff and high commitment volunteer continuing education and commissioned pastor candidates. See registration details at end of course list. Spiritual Formation: This course, through selected readings and directed spiritual exercises, introduces the spiritual disciplines and the formation of…

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Toil and Trouble

“Double, double, toil and trouble” is a line from Shakespeare that dare not reflect a leader’s perspective. During this week between our celebration of Christmas and the beginning of a new year, Christian leaders know that “The Kingdom of God is not in trouble.” The following thoughts from Pastor Jim Lankheet* put our understanding of the…

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Leaders Eat Last – An Officer’s Response

Retired Army Major Craig Massey  responded to last week’s email entitled “Leaders Eat Last.” He is a member of Hope Reformed Church, South Haven, MI. Church Leadership Center is providing his Commissioned Pastor training. Craig helps us understand this leadership principle from a military perspective. In his words… “The tradition of ‘leaders eating last’ originated,…

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Leaders Eat Last

Tis the season of eating–at Christmas parties, at family dinners, at church gatherings. Food is everywhere. Appropriate to the season is the book title, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t (Simon Sinek, Penguin, 2014). We received our copy of the summary of this book recently from “Leaders Book Summaries.” Following is…

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Jesus Lizards

The tour guide said, “In Jamaica we have these lizards called Jesus Lizards. Do you know why we call them that? It’s because they can walk on water.” Fascinating critters! Their scientific name is basilisk. And actually they run on water at speeds up to 4.9 feet per second. To see one on a YouTube…

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A Word From The President

At a recent Commissioned Pastor Advisory Team meeting, I had the privilege of meeting Greg Alderman, President of the General Synod, Reformed Church in America. He told me about a paper that he wrote comparing the Commissioned Pastor  of today with “the 18th century tutored pastor.” Greg was kind enough to send us the paper…

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Reforming

Before I bought it, a “new” car I used to own was in a bad accident. The story goes like this. One day a young couple near Chicago ordered a new vehicle. They went to the dealership to take possession of it on a wintry November morning. As they signed their names to the paperwork,…

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Hand Washing

We stopped at a fast-food restaurant for a quick bite between shopping excursions. The preparation area was open to the serving counter, and with a rush of patrons we stood watching workers create burritos and tacos. One teen on staff was obviously struggling with a cold or perhaps even a more severe virus. He walked…

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