Flash! Bang! Ooh! Aah!


Written by Burt Braunius /
April 15, 2014

he Fourth of July is a celebration. Fireworks are everywhere. It’s a good time to express gratitude for church and country. Here are a few expressions of thank you.

Flash! Thank you to the RCA General Synod for its emphasis on multi-cultural leadership development. The video that was featured at Sunday night’s meeting wonderfully described the ministries of two churches in Holland, MI. Click here to see the video.

Thank you to Beechwood (Lead Pastor, Jim Lankheet) and Christ Memorial (Lead Pastor, Todd VanEk) churches, along with Holland Classis (Executive, Larry Schuyler), not only for the multi-cultural emphasis evidenced in the video but also for incorporating leadership training into the work of raising up leaders. Church Leadership Center is privileged to currently coordinate the training of the following seven Commissioned Pastor applicants and candidates from these two churches: Enrique Cuevas, Hugo Vasquez, Israel Alvarado, and Eric Peterson from Beechwood; and Lisa Urivez, Mike Gruppen, and Willie Watt from Christ Memorial.

Ooh! Thank you to facilitators, mentors, and participants in Church Leadership Center courses and programs. Fall 2013 we are offering more lay leadership courses than ever before, including: Old Testament, Theology, Pastoral Care, and Standards and Government. For course descriptions and additionl information please reply to this email.

Aah! Thank you to those who support and defend religious freedom, especially to our Christian leaders in church and country. We pray God’s blessing upon you with the words of the song, “Thank You for Giving to the Lord.” Click here for the video.

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