Revive Your Life and Ministry Through God’s Word (Dec 9-11)

Great times in God’s Word remain the Christian leader and believer’s source of strength and hope. Paul blends biblical insight and international stories with personal lessons to show how time with God can help us to step out of dryness into joy, repentance, hope, worship, virtue, and guidance. God strengthens us so He can better minister through our lives. Register for the upcoming seminar.

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Reaching Beyond Mediocrity — Faith’s Triumph Over Temptation, November 4-6, 2021

CLRC will host a workshop Nov 4-6, 2021: Faith’s Triumph Over Temptation. This will teach how to face and work through insidious temptations (stage #2 of discipleship). The four spiritual principles will first be highlighted, followed by practical ways to effectively deal with the many faces of discouragement as well as anger issues. Feel free to register for the upcoming seminar. We offer full a refund in case of sickness or cancellation.
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“One in the Spirit” seminar, Sept 30-Oct 2

Title: “One in the Spirit” seminar, April 28-30 2022

Sorry, due to virus concerns, we have postponed, “Unity in the Spirit” Chinese Leadership Seminar, this exciting workshop to April 28-30, 2022. Feel free to register for the upcoming seminars. We offer full refunds.

Our “One in the Spirit” seminar, (Previously scheduled on Sept 30-Oct 2), will be held only in Chinese by Pastor Hugo Cheng, the senior pastor of the Chinese Bible Church of Maryland. If you sense a need for an English seminar on this topic, please find other interested church leaders and discuss with me (Paul). For more information, click here for the Chinese flyer and more information.

Developing Leaders

Find another Christian leader and join us at the Sept 9-11 leadership training seminar at the CLRC center!
Starts Thursday 6pm dinner to Sat noon meal. Register:

Seminars Starting in June

I am announcing two English seminars here. Please pass this on to those that might be interested in attending.
Our first two seminars, June and July, are coming up quickly! You can register for all 2021 seminar/workshops here. We believe God wants to greatly renew His people through His Word.
We’re glad to announce that Christian Leadership Renewal Center (CLRC) is open! We have space for personal retreats, small group events (costs and registration), or join a seminar. We welcome Christian ministry leaders: pastors, elders, deacons, small group leaders, youth leaders, and missionaries….

Reserve your place; groups are limited. All the seminars run from 4:00pm Thursday registration (dinner at 5:30pm) through Saturday lunch, unless otherwise noted. Cost includes lodging and meals; your choice of private or shared room. Seminar leader is Paul J. Bucknell (learn more here), a well-traveled international instructor. Other speakers will be noted. Check out time is by 5pm. You will love this place!

Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace, Discovering God, June 24-26, 2021

Paul selects appropriate resources to overcome stress, worry, and fear from his two books: Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace, Discovering God and Reaching Beyond Mediocrity. He will share much insight and personal experience in the classes. Check out the seminar’s introductory video! Paul has heard many helpful comments of how this training has helped. His aim in teaching is to help you teach and train others! A free soft-copy of Overcoming Anxiety is given to each attendee. Worksheets also provided.

Building a Great Marriage, July 8-10, 2021 — Married Couples only

Paul and his wife, Linda, wrote Building a Great Marriage more than a decade ago, convinced that Christian couples can have great marriages—not just okay, good marriages—if they follow God’s Word. The seminar focuses around three important building blocks for a great marriage: faith, forgiveness, and friendship. Linda will be available to answer Q&A times. A free soft-copy of the book is given to each couple. Worksheets provided. Husband and wife must attend together. There is no children’s program.
Please help inform other ministry leaders of these and the other events. Call Paul with any questions (412-398-4559). Hope to see you soon!

CLRC Open House

For detailed info, please click the PDF file. and Open House Letter

April 29, 2021
Welcome to CLRC!

Christian Leadership Renewal Center

Saturday, May 22nd from 1:00-5:00
191 Lost Forest Rd, Bracey, VA 23919
Sign up here or send an email to Linda at
We look forward to meeting you!

While some of you are familiar with CLRC, many are not. This is an excellent time to drop by our Leadership Training Center to view our scenic retreat site with comfortable housing and an awesome lake view classroom.
Who’s invited to this open house? We welcome all Christian leaders (pastors, elders, missionaries, deacons, youth leaders, small group leaders) as well as those who might want to consider volunteering (kitchen, grounds management, prayer team, online media, sound system, etc.).
Cookies and punch served all afternoon. Park on the gravel. Paul will host a fifteen-minute presentation in the classroom (1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30). Enjoy exploring the grounds, docks, buildings. Have some fun! It’s a time to know us and the campus. Due to the water and cliffs, we require each person to complete a liability form.
The Christian Leadership Renewal Center (CLRC) aspires to be a place where Christian leaders find refreshing and illuminating times in God’s Word, gain a growing faith, and strengthen skills to equip you to more effectively lead and teach His people. It’s beneficial to come aside for a fresh word from God in a quiet and restful place. We believe God seeks to empower His servants at this unique time in history for revival.
God strengthens His people in various ways. We offer individual retreats where church leaders (not just pastors) can privately seek Him in His Word at our beautifully-situated site on Lake Gaston, VA. CLRC has scenic deck views, paths along the lake shore, a well-equipped Christian library, access to BFF’s resources, fishing, and relaxing time by the water. These and much more provide a great opportunity to refresh body and soul.
We also encourage your family or small group to come for a time together. Rent one of the houses and make your own meals! Or hold your own training here.
We offer monthly training seminars with the purpose that as God’s Spirit uses His Word He will renew our hearts and lives. Our smaller-sized groups and singular focus, combined with small group fellowship, prayer, and free time become great times for God to work in our lives.
About Us
Paul and Linda Bucknell worked as missionaries (OMF missionaries in Taiwan) during the 80s and pastored in the States during the 90s while raising a large family. The Lord led Paul to develop Biblical Foundations for Freedom (BFF) in 2000 and since has created many training seminars, written more than twenty books, and taught many international leadership training seminars. Topics include spiritual development (discipleship training, overcoming series (fears, worries, lusts, etc.), family (marriage and parenting), and Biblical training (Bible presentation, devotions, Bible books, etc.) and leadership development. [Click to see more seminars; here to see Paul’s books.
Generally, Paul offers a monthly seminar in English. If you gather 10-20 people for special training, please contact us and tell us how we can meet your specific needs as a small group, church leadership team, group of pastors, etc. Again, feel free to see how our facilities can meet your needs. Handouts are included for each seminars.
Other training options include: group viewing of video training series on a certain topic, time with specific questions addressed by Paul (and Linda for family) and small group discussion for application.
Though Covid guidelines are loosening, we ask anyone with Covid symptoms to refrain from visiting. While we fully respect your use of vaccines and masks, we don’t require them. We strive to maintain clean and hygienic facilities.
In Christ’s Majestic Service,
Rev. Paul J. Bucknell
CLRC: Executive Director, Trainer/Mentor
BFF: President, Author, Instructor, Church Consultant

Book a date at the center for your church, personal renewal, or join a training seminar!

Events Coming Soon

We are delighted for the opportunity to be at CLRC to serve God’s leaders. It’s been a pleasure to work with Elder Yeh over the years to accomplish God’s vision through this center for Christian leaders, who often face battles, discouragement and many pressures alone. We are here for you!
CLRC offers a place to find renewal through specially-designed training, in Chinese and English, as well as providing housing for personal, family, or staff retreats. Our family came together at the Pine house, with its six nice rooms, for a reunion. It worked out fantastically. (Our rates are now posted under Contact Us.)
As you may know, due to Covid, that the annual after Easter Chinese Leader’s Seminar has been cancelled. We are glad to announce that this seminar will take place Sept. 30-Oct.2, right here at the beautifully situated CLRC on Lake Gaston. (It may be warm enough to go swimming at that time.) Reserve the date! We will be sending out more information on this often-sought after seminar topic soon.
In the near future, we will announce English seminars on special topics that will be offered here at CLRC. My purpose is to take God’s truths, weave them into our lives and be blessed by them. We will offer a few selected topics, such as or Overcoming Anxiety or Building a Great Marriage. Time will be allowed for couples/individuals to discuss together and also offer to design a personalized worksheet to help them work through their situation here or after they leave.
You can also choose your topic, gather some others together and hold your own retreat here at your optimum time or even arrange your own training.
We are here for you! Please do make your reservation.
In Christ’s Majestic Service,

Paul (for Linda, too)

Announcing Our New Executive Director

February 8, 2021

I’m glad to announce the appointment of Pastor-teacher, Paul Bucknell, as the new Executive Director of Christian Leadership Renewal Center. He is also a missionary and author whose second language is Chinese / Mandarin.

Paul, not a newcomer to CLRC, has been on the board since its inception. He has participated in Chinese Leadership seminars here on campus. Paul will utilize his many training resources ( to advance the kinds of Christian leadership training offered at the center. We’d also like to make CLRC a common platform, resource sharing and fellowship facility with all Bible believing churches in the VA, NC and other areas. Please feel free to contact Paul Bucknell (412-398-4559 or if you’re interested. We covet your participation and partnership as God’s coworkers in all our ministries.

Although many are reluctant to travel at this time, some will seek personal renewal/retreat or may want a place for a small church retreat. CLRC is open. Paul and his wife, Linda, reside at the center and will help make your visit special!

Paul will be communicating more about smaller training seminars planned for the spring, summer, and fall. Stay tuned.

Thank you for your interest in CLRC. Our prayer is that Christian leaders grow strong and skilled to serve Christ and His precious people. The church needs more than ever many Godly servants to teach, lead and meet the current challenges. Please pray with us.

Elder Albert Yeh
President of Christian Leadership Renewal Center

2020 March Discipleship Training Camp

Seeks to glorify Jesus Christ by equipping believers to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. We are teaching believers to read the Bible and live out the Bible as a witness of God. All believers—whether new believers or trusting Jesus many years—can benefit from this camp.
Date: March 11-14 or March 12-15, 2020.
Speakers: Sister Grace Lin-Lee, Pastor Ko and etc.
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