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The following training seminars are available in a variety of formats:

Principles of Church Renewal
Preaching for Church Renewal
Inner Healing and Deliverance Retreat (24 hours)
Prayer: The Heart of Renewal
Diagnosing Church Health
Creating Growing People and Living Churches
Becoming an Instrument of Renewal
Creating a Culture of Renewal
Rapid Expansion: The Engine of Church Renewal
Life Transformation: The Power of Church Renewal
Dealing with Renewal Related Conflict
Building a Multicultural Ministry

All seminars can be conducted either in a one half day or full day format. All seminars are suitable for churches or groups. The minimum group for a seminar is 6 persons. The CRN is a faith ministry and there is no fee for any of the services offered. Seminars can be conducted in English or Spanish. Other languages require a translator.

For a listing of individual courses offered by The Ministry Training Center of Metro NY/NJ see sidebar on the left.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Good Leaders Practice Healthy Support

There are times in all of our lives when we need someone to come alongside us and lend us some support. I have experienced the benefits of support during difficult periods of my life. I have also learned that there is healthy support and unhealthy support. Healthy support always encourages us to take the next step in maturity in our lives. Healthy support keeps us from giving up during difficult times. Finally healthy support enables us to face what we need to change in our lives.
Unhealthy support is the opposite. Unhealthy support is motivated by love but it actually enables us to avoid change and growth. Unhealthy love rescues us rather than enabling us to face issues and circumstances that are difficult. Unhealthy support believes and gives validity to our excuses and explains away our faults. Henry Cloud writes the following about support that does not enable:
It has to side not only with us as people but also with our need to grow. The best support is the support that cares about us but does not let us off the hook (Integrity by Henry Cloud)
Be a good leader and support those around you in a healthy way. It will make a great difference in their lives and also in yours.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Four P's of Working with People

Leadership involves working with people. Parenting involves working with people. In fact being human (a healthy human) involves working with people. Working or interacting with people is difficult and can at times be frustrating. Here are some helpful insights that will help you become effective in working and interacting with people. I call them the 4 P's of working with people:
1. Patience - everyone is in a process of development and maturity. Often we get frustrated because we do not see change. People do not change overnight. Patience is therefore a key character trait for those working with people.
2.Prayer - God works in people in response to our prayer for people. A parent needs to become a person of prayer. A leader likewise prays regularly for the people they lead. As we pray for those we work with we will see change and maturity. Prayer will also help us to become more patient.
3. Presence - as people go through struggles, difficulties, victories etc. our presence with them is important. Being present with people through the ups and downs and seasons of life is vitally important in dealing with people.
4. Promise - sometimes as we work with people we feel like giving up. In times of discouragement it is important for us to have a promise from God to encourage us. Galatians chapter 6 verse 9 gives us a promise it states, "Let us not become weary in doing good (working with people) for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
Be encouraged and keep working with and developing those around you.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Leadership: Decision Making Tip #1

Leaders have many decisions to make. All of us have to make decisions both big and small in our lives. Should I say yes or no? Should I go in this direction or that? Is now the right time to begin this new initiative? Should I place this person on my ministry team? Decisions determine the future outcome we will experience. A leader must therefor have skill in making decisions.
There are three basic categories of decisions. They are: good decisions, neutral decisions and bad decisions. Decision making tip number one is Eliminate bad decisions. A brief explanation of each category will make this seemingly simple tip clear.
Good decisions are decisions that move you in a positive direction and take you a step closer to your ultimate goal. In order to make a good decision you must have all the ingredients necessary to make a good decision such as the right resources, personnel, information and timing. All the different variables must be present to make a good decision.
Bad decisions are decisions that will hinder your progress toward your chosen goal. Bad decision will cause a lot of chaos and distraction and waste of energy. In the end bad decision will take you off course. No one wants to make bad decisions. Unfortunately we do make bad decision when we desire to do something that will move us forward but all the different variables are not in place and despite that we make a decision anyway.
The final category is neutral decisions. Neutral decisions are neither good decisions nor bad decisions. They will not move us forward but they will not set us back. They are not what we want but they are also not what we dread. Neutral decisions will keep us right where we are. Here is the big point - it is better to make a neutral decision than a bad decision. The key to progress in life and ministry is to eliminate bad decisions. I have seen people in their personal lives in an attempt to improve and get ahead make bad decisions that only set them back further. A neutral decision will keep them in place so that when all the variables come together a good decision can be made.
Decision Making Tip #1: Eliminate bad decisions in your life and ministry.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

When the Excitement Fades: Leadership in the Ordinary Times

Leaders thrive on excitement. Think of the energy associated with a new goal perhaps the launch of a new initiative or the formation of a new ministry. Can you feel the adrenaline rush that comes when the goal is successfully reached? Those are the times leaders live for. The sense of excitement that comes from a new challenge and the satisfaction when the challenge is met make leaders feel alive. Yet the time between the planning of a new goal and its eventual accomplishment is often not that exciting. In fact many leaders do not get to see the accomplishment of the goal because they give up in the ordinary times. Often during the ordinary times there are setbacks, sometimes delays, often conflict of one sort or another and of course the hum drum of the routine day in and day out activities. What does good leadership look like in the ordinary times? Let me propose a few ideas of my own (perhaps you can think of others).
1. Use every conversation and every event to move the realization of the goal forward. Even if it is just a minor conversation or circumstance ask yourself how can I use this circumstance or conversation to advance the goal.
2. Seek to discern how God is working - what evidence do you see of God moving things towards the goal. Sometimes what we perceive as negative events (example - people leaving the team)are actually God preparing the ground for change.
3. Regularly remind yourself of the goal. It is very easy to get distracted by the day to day concerns of ministry.
4. Patience
5. More patience
6. Even more patience - If the goal is a God given goal it is worth spending your life to see it accomplished.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Leadership Journey: Becoming Mature

Defining reality is key. Vision is key. Communication is key. Team work is key. Resources are key. Evaluation is key. Yet without maturity a leader who implements every leadership principle ever written will fail. By maturity I am referring to the character trait of perseverance. A leader without maturity will quit too soon. Roadblocks, opposition and even failure are to be expected. An effective leader will persevere through all these situations and get to the other side. A marriage is a good example of this principle. If the husband and wife are immature they will quit when the relationship gets rough (note - all marriages go through rough seasons). A mature couple will persevere through the season of distress (with appropriate counsel along the way). If you are in ministry you can be sure that God will create in you this character trait of perseverance. God wants you to become a great leader. He will put you through perseverance school until you are ready. Let God do His work in you. God knows what you need. Once you are ready then He will entrust His work into your hands.
Here are some scriptures on perseverance to read and meditate on this week: Romans 5:3-4; Hebrews 12:1; James 1:3 and 2 Peter 1:6.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Yes to A Means No to B

Effective leaders focus. One aspect of focus is to say no to good important things so that you can say yes to what God has called you to accomplish. As Henry Cloud notes in his book, "Integrity", "If you want to do A you can not do B. In the end, neither one gets the attention they deserve". I have seen excellent leaders not reach their potential because they do not focus on that one area that God has called them to do. Instead leaders are tempted to do several different things at the same time. Be on a worship team and also teach a Bible study while balancing a family and job responsibilities. I have had times in my ministry where I have taken on too many responsibilities. What happens is one of two things. First, the leader who adds B to their responsibilities gets distracted from A and A does not get done. A second possibility is that the leader is now doing so many things that nothing get done as well as it would have if there had been focus. Here is how Henry Cloud describes it,
Reality is that time, energy, and resources are finite (limited). Focus is about directing those in a way in which enough of each is given so that things happen. A focused dropping of continuous water can drill a hole in a rock. But much more water in a scattered shower will do nothing.
Say a strong yes to the ministry God has called you to do and remember say no to other good things that you could do also.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Complience versus Passion: A Key to Effective Leadership

There is difference between an ordinary leader and an effective leader. An ordinary leader gets compliance from those under their leadership. Compliance is defined as going along with a wish or command. Generally people will do what a person in authority tells them to do. Thus an employee will do what the boss tells them to do. A young child will pick up their toys and straighten out their room if mommy tells them they must with the threat of not watching television. Compliance is usually based on the position or power of the leader requesting that something be done. In the example above the boss gets compliance because the employee does not want to lose their job. The parent get compliance because of the power to impose restrictions on the child. However a leader who gets a follower to comply does not necessarily capture the followers passion. We all know of work situations where everyone is complying and doing their tasks but no passion is present. We also have experienced the child who complies and drags their feet in so doing.
Passion however is completely different. An effective leader connects with and nurtures passion in those following. The followers act out of passion not compliance. This make an amazing difference. One can sense the difference in a workplace where everyone is passionate about what they are doing. Henry Cloud, in his book "Integrity" notes that "if you gain people's trust, their heart, then you also have their desire and passion." Think of Jesus he had all power and all authority. Jesus could have demanded compliance. Instead Jesus inspired passion on the part of His followers. He had their complete trust and He articulated a transcendent vision. Think of your own leadership in these terms. Do you operate on the level of compliance or on the level of developing trust and passion. It will make a big difference in how effective your leadership is.