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Christian Leaders Institute Board Chairman/Head of the Christian Leaders Alliance, Brian DeCook, will be in Indiana in March and would love to meet you! There will be a PeaceFire Pastors Workshop along with a CLI Reception and the cost to register is $25. This includes a CLI t-shirt, which will be mailed to you. (t-shirt size and color details are included on the registration form). Please view the details of the event below.
PeaceFire Pastor Workshop
Conflict and the Pastor
This workshop includes two sessions:
1. The Two Fires of Conflict – Equipping the Saints as Ambassadors of Reconciliation
Pastors serve people in conflict on a regular basis. This session equips the pastor to help others change the way they process conflict. Rather than view conflict as a transaction to be resolved, this session will challenge pastors to equip those they serve to become ambassadors of reconciliation and to experience the transforming peace that Jesus Christ provides in the midst of conflict as they serve Him rather than their own desires.
2. Mission Smart Relationships – Conflict, Trasformation, and the Pastor’s Role
This session focuses on your ministry team’s conflict culture and how to build a conflict culture that responds to conflict with shared vision, purpose, and faith. The pastor’s role as team leader is essential for building a conflict culture that glorifies Jesus Christ.
Christian Leaders Institute Reception
Graduation ceremony, testimonies, photo ops, and networking.
*Spouses & children can attend the rally part of the event from 7pm-9pm for free.
**If you would like to be included in the graduation ceremony, you must order your award by March 14th and bring it to the event with you. There is an option on the registration form to order your award.
Thursday March 22, 2018
Holiday Inn Express – Fishers, 9791 North by Northeast Blvd. Fishers, IN 46037
God has surrounded me since birth; however, I did not meet Him until I was fifteen. My parents made sure I grew up in a Christian environment by attending church, AWANA, and a Christian school. I asked Christ into my heart and was baptized in Sunday school. I believed that I had a relationship with God—except I was wrong. My family situation continued to worsen, and I began viewing myself and the world negatively. Anger and hate became deep, hidden emotions within me, but I did not turn to God. It was not until I admitted defeat—that my stubborn independence was not enough to get me through those emotions and that situation. Lost and looking for a way out, I found myself on my floor sobbing. I cried out to God: “I’m sorry. I can’t do this, not anymore, not on my own. I’m sorry. Please save me…save me.” At that moment I knew that I had met God for the first time; I felt His presence. That was the beginning of my relationship with Him. He rescued me and saved my life. Soon I had two amazing friends in my life, and one of them had a family circumstance similar to mine. We can encourage each other because of this connection.
Then God allowed a way soon after that night for me to be able to escape that trial I could not handle.
Colossians 1:13-14 says, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins,”. This is the most significant and relevant verse in my life, and I cherish the security, hope, and love it proclaims. He rescued me from darkness, and now my life is His. In all that I do, I want to reflect God’s glory and follow his plan. I still have struggled in my life, but now I know that I never have to go through anything alone. Christ is real and awe-worthy. If I had continued to only know of Him instead of knowing Him, I would still be held captive, and the darkness of this world would have overcome me. Jesus Christ rescued me, and now I’m living for the glory of my God. I realize now that trusting and depending on God is something I am still struggling with. I truly have to rely on God because I have no control over life, just my reactions towards whatever I get handed. I know
I will end up wherever it is that God intends for me to be at. I am realizing now that the way life works are completely different than what I ever imagined before, and I am excited to live it out with God wherever He might take me. But, as I trust God more I continue to see His hand in my life and being able to take classes through CLI is just another way that He has shown me that He is there for me and listens. He is my guide, my savior, and my Lord.
I am Sherry J. McGregor and I am receiving my Christian ministry education at Christian Leaders Institute. I live in the United States. I am thankful that we are not only free to worship, but we also have many Christian based churches in my area and no matter where one is on Sunday, there is always a church nearby. I came to know the Lord in a way that is similar to many—a church service, conviction and the sinner’s prayer. Yet, it was many years before I found a church where I began to grow in the Spirit.
I am a Christian novelist and I believe that anything about God’s word or His principles that I use in my books must be accurate and lead people toward God. I also believe that if a person has a talent, they should use that gift to glorify God. Therefore, my books always have something that points toward God. My writing is also used in Christian columns and stories that I am blessed to put into two annual sections of a local newspaper. Through this, it has been emerging into a form of ministry. After joining Toastmasters International, it became apparent that I have speaking talent and that my heart was being drawn to teach God’s word. I believe that I may have something to offer to a women’s ministry. For both writing and a woman’s ministry, I need more knowledge and training through a Christian ministry education.
This class has taught me principles that I had not known before and even when I thought, “This really is not for me,” something kept pulling me forward—something inside me that kept telling me that I have to do this, I need to know more about God’s word. There was such a driving force that in three weeks, I finished the Getting Started Class.
I want to address those who have been shattered through domestic violence, who have been abused and who need the strength to heal. God is a major step in the healing process. I want to teach of God’s healing, and these abused women need God’s healing touch in many ways. Some may need salvation, while others just need to go through the steps of healing and to hold on to God to find a purpose, a feeling of acceptance and forgiveness, to have something to hold on to and to inspire them to grow and move forward.
If someone never connects to God’s word, they never grow toward ministry. I am glad to be able to learn more about God’s word and connecting to it at Christian Leaders Insitute. This will lead me to grow and I am hoping that in a chain reaction, I will have the skills to help others grow. My pastor’s wife encourages me, asks me questions to show her interest. My pastor always answers questions and encourages growth.
I need this education in God’s word to accomplish my heart’s desire to help others. To have the credibility to step out into a position to help women through a ministry, one needs a Christian ministry education as a foundation to build a successful ministry. People, churches or organizations want to know that the person they are asking to speak has the qualifications. Without such a foundation, I will not get far. Yet, with CLI’s help, I can help those shattered by domestic violence see that there is hope.
I ask for prayers for guidance, opportunity, longevity, understanding, discernment, wisdom, love, patience, kindness, and strength to stand strong. Also, prayer to follow God’s leading to go where He leads and to walk away from where He says to leave.
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