Leadership

Regional staff are working to align classes and congregations with the RCA’s new 15-year goal, Transformed & Transforming, using a ministry framework that is already familiar to them. It’s an attempt to capture the essence of Transformed & Transforming while serving the vision, mission, and values of the Far West Region.

In the core city of Los Angeles, church planting is under way to transform neighborhoods. The men and women being trained to lead these new churches grew up in and live in the neighborhoods they serve. And that’s why they’re effective.

Faithwalking creates the possibility for real transformation, says Drew Poppleton.

On sign-up day, college students start lining up at 4:30 a.m., outside in the cold. They're not pledging fraternities or sororities--they want the first shot at a spot on spring break mission trips.

I’ve wondered what it looks like to equip leaders for the church. What does it take to develop leaders for today and for tomorrow? Does it require fancy programs? Are small groups a must? This past June at General Synod my questions were answered in an unexpected way.

Every time we gather, we realize that we in pastoral leadership truly need each other. We can’t do this ministry gig alone.

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.

Church recovers its ministry to children, then encourages other churches