Fall 2014

A leader is a person with a God-given capacity, and a God-given responsibility, who is influencing a specific group of God’s people toward God’s purposes for that group. 

As he helps to shape a church leadership program, Mark Veldt keeps remembering a video he saw more than 10 years ago.

“It showed an airplane being built around a businessman as he was flying through the sky,” he says.

A dozen church leaders came together recently to share best practices. The topic? A pastor’s first call after graduating from seminary. They were laying the groundwork for a new Transformed and Transforming initiative to help ensure success for first-call pastors and the congregations that call them.

Youth ministry director Cheryl Rozema has tears in her eyes as she describes an act of caring that illustrated the very words of Jesus.

“We were helping to feed homeless people one night,” she says, recalling a youth group service project. “And I saw that one of our boys didn’t have a shirt on—and I knew he came with one.”

The young man had taken off his own shirt, neatly folded it, and placed it on a table for one of the homeless men. The gesture echoed Luke 3:11: “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none…” (NIV).

Church recovers its ministry to children, then encourages other churches

A faith-filled leader helps insure that God’s work continues among the Daasanech people.

In a troubled neighborhood along Van Ness Ave. in Fresno, California, gang activity, street crime, and drug abuse are commonplace.

And it’s along this stretch of roadway, which cuts through the heart of the city, where RCA commissioned pastor Raymond Moore and his wife, Tanya, do the work of ministry as leaders of Fresno House Church.

After a radical campus makeover, New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS) is well-positioned to train leaders going forward.

Ministry in Thailand faces huge challenges: crime is rampant, the culture is deeply Buddhist, and Christians are a tiny fraction of the population.

It was the seventh-costliest weather event in United States’ history, with damage estimates exceeding $15 billion and at least 56 deaths. 2011’s Hurricane Irene began as a well-defined tropical wave off western Africa’s coast and grew as it crossed the Atlantic Ocean, smacking into Puerto Rico before veering north.