CLRC April 2022 Announcement

It’s with both joy and sadness for me to announce the ending of CLRC’s (Christian Leadership Renewal Center基督僕人更新中心) ministry at Lake Gaston facility at Bracey, VA, effective March 2022.

It’s sad to end a long and beloved ministry. It was an effort beginning in concept by mid 1990’s and described in my research project, “A Proposal to Strengthen the Leadership of Chinese Churches in North America,” at the Moody Graduate School. The project tried to analyze the critical needs of the Chinese churches and especially their leaders, and the leadership training and development process required to meet the tremendous challenges of the Chinese churches in the 21st century. This effort included the finding of a suitable site, design and construction of the facilities, and implementation of appropriate programs.

Briefly, the CLRC ministry was incorporated and received non-profit status in October 2005. By 2015, we have completed 3 phases of capital and various improvements: 3 buildings, extensive landscaping, 2 docks and walkways, etc. on the 4 acre land we purchased in 1998. Program wise, 11 annual leadership training seminars, and many church, fellowship and personal retreats were held based on our strategic plan. This has been made possible because of the excellent speakers, local churches and dedicated individual volunteers putting in thousands of working hours over these years.

It’s also a joy what we have accomplished. To a certain extent, we have alerted the local churches the importance of developing godly church leaders and the disciplined fellowship / retreat of church co-worker groups/ individuals, which God has designed for a healthy and growing church. There is of course much more to be done, but this is a good beginning and hopefully many churches/individuals have been benefited through the process.

The succession of CLRC ministry has been under consideration for at least the last 5 years. Many suggestions such as plans A,B,C,D,E have been proposed, examined and tried; this also included two “trial periods” with potential “partners” (2019-2021). But at the end, none has worked out for various reasons according to our original vision, criteria and needs. The Board finally decided that it WAS time to terminate the search and trials, liquidate the facility and use the proceeds effectively to support like minded non-profit organizations, consistent with our original vision. We were pleasantly surprised that the property was quickly and smoothly sold, and most of the furniture was given away to CWC and/or other charities. The distribution of the proceeds, which may take some time, will follow the guidelines as set forth by applicable law and the CLRC bylaws. We will again follow God’s leading and guidance carefully every step of the way.

We are grateful to the Lord for starting and also “passing the baton” of this specific ministry at Lake Gaston by His providence and grace. We are also very grateful to the many churches, groups and individuals for their dedicated participation and assistance. The CLRC website will temporarily remain in operation with perhaps some improvements and for the historical records. The Board will execute the remaining tasks for the distribution.

Your prayers will be greatly appreciated as in the past. Please feel free to contact me for any questions/comments. I hope to continue having fellowship with all of you regularly if possible. God willing, I’ll also continue to focus on godly leadership and its formation in His churches*.

May God’s name be glorified.

Your fellow co-worker in Christ,

 

Albert Yeh

CLRC Founder and President

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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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CWC March 2019 East Coast Discipleship Camp at CLRC

The March East Coast Disciple and Coworker Training Camp was completed successfully by coworkers’ unified efforts and God’s grace. 60 adults and children attended the camp and filled every room. The speakers were Elder Yimao Chen, Pastor Taneng Chuang, and Pastor Frank Liu. Brothers and sisters studied with high spirit. With the working of God’s Word in people’s hearts, over 10 people were willing to dedicate themselves and serve the Lord. May the Lord revive campus and church in the East Coast through these brothers and sisters.

CWC 2018 Thanksgiving East Coast (CLRC) Discipleship/Coworkers Training

Thanks be to God! The Discipleship Training Camp at the Christian Leadership Renewal Center during last Thanksgiving was a great success! The center was again full of people, probably 60 to 70 this time, who travelled all the way from NC, SC, MA, and states even farther such as NY, TN and FL. The speaker Brother Bellman Lin was encouraged by their willingness to follow the Lord and to be His disciples and co-workers. Therefore, he was able to complete three sermons per day in his 90s by God’s grace, which in turn greatly strengthened brothers and sisters. God also used Minister Feng Jiao, Pastor Tianjun Shi, and Pastor Ko to help brothers and sisters to have the spirit to follow Jesus as His disciples, and the servant attitude to serve Him silently. The next Disciple Training Camp will be held from March 6th to 11th, 2019.Details and Registration

CWC 2018 East Coast July 4 Discipleship Training Camp

On July 4, 2018, brothers and sisters gathered at CLRC to learn the truths of the Lord. The students were equipped to be faithful followers of the Lord and at the same time to be steadfast witnesses and His servants. Praise the Lord! Pastor Xiao Yuan’s message enriched students’ understanding and nurtured their longing for the Lord. Pastor Jiang’s second visit to the camp helped students to see the work of the Lord at the present time and be prepared for their return to China to be Lord’s witnesses. Pastor Ko helped students to be God’s good stewards, to enjoy the richness of the Word, and to share God’s Word. All brothers and sisters are greatly moved and encouraged to be faithful followers and servants of the Lord.


CWC March 2018 East Coast Discipleship/Coworkers Training Camp

By God’s grace the East Coast Disciple and Coworker Training Camp was completed successfully in early March at the Christian Leadership Renewal Center (CLRC). Besides brothers and sisters from the neighboring states, many people drove seven to eight hours from New York and Alabama to the camp. They were much benefited from Pastor Chiang’s teaching on the holy living, commitment to Christ, responding to the calling of missions, and being prepared and equipped prior to return to their home countries. Pastor Chiang also prepared a 9-week training course for attendees to continuously reflect what they studied and make these learning their daily practice.



CWC Discipleship/coworkers Training Retreat

During this Thanksgiving holiday (11/15 -18, 2017), more than forty brothers and sisters gathered together near a lakeside at CLRC on Lake Gaston to start the first CWC Disciple and Coworker Training Camp on the East Coast. Praise the Lord! Christian Leadership Renewal Center allows us to use its camp facility. The tranquil and beautiful scenery by the lakeshore helps brothers and sisters concentrate on their studies and pursue the Lord with one heart! Though the East Coast Disciple Training Camp was held far from the Midwest, its teaching methods, camp rules and regulations, prayer training style, and the style of hymns, etc. are all consistent with those of the Midwest. Despite the strict requirements, brothers and sisters still determined to learn and joyfully pursue the Lord together!

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2017 Chinese Bible Church of North Carolina Leadership Retreat

One of the main purposes of CLRC is to train and equip leaders to effectively lead the church according to God’s will and to enable them to grow spiritually. Based on these goals, it is significant that the elder board of the Chinese Bible Church of North Carolina chose CLRC facilities to hold its March 2017 retreat.

During the retreat, we deeply sensed God’s grace dripping down on us like precious oil to equip us in building up the Chinese Bible Church of North Carolina. Paul said, “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation” (I Cor 3:10). During the past years, God has helped the leaders to have a clear vision in building up the church, guided by the Holy Spirit, to focus our energy and resources on important issues, to repeatedly review our directions and to plan out priorities to build a solid spiritual foundation for the church. That has enabled a healthy and balanced growth of the church in guiding, pastoring, equipping and sending believers. Brothers and sisters have experienced life changes and through these changes, God’s love is manifested. The church has grown to become more mature in accordance with His will both quantitatively and qualitatively.

After the closing of the Spirit-led retreat, we are faced with the challenge to proceed with tasks towards the goals with one heart and mind. Praise and thanksgiving be to our Lord and to the Holy Spirit for binding us together in serving Him! With these words, we also want to express our gratitude to CLRC in providing wonderful facilities for our retreat.

2017 RCCC Student Fellowship Retreat

March 4-6 of this year, brothers and sisters participated in an especially rewarding retreat. The beautiful weather and the scenery at the lake were especially inspiring, reminding us God’s wondrous deeds; our whole-hearted worship and listening to messages from speakers allowed us to set ourselves aside and be close to God. Thanks are due to Alex, Jessie and all speakers and worship leaders.

The theme of this retreat was on “How to change” focusing on how difficulties and challenges in the world influence our faith. The real world resembles the scorching heat. The so-called good or bad things are all possibly trials to us by God. We ought to fix our eyes on the cross, discerning God’s will in all things and walking in the path that would lead to sanctification. In addition, Elder Yeh shared with us on “the Basics of Spiritual Leadership”, focusing on the “qualities and marks of leadership in the Lord” (part 1). Jessie on the other hand shared on the topic of “love and marriage.” These topics made us realize the differences in leadership, love and marriage depicted in the Bible versus that by the world.

Extracurricular activities were equally enjoyable. These included a tour to the neighboring magnificent special purpose garden, gazing stars in the night sky, watching sunrise in the morning, playing riddle games, etc. Nearly everyone participated in serving one another during the retreat. We want to especially thank Liu Kai, Tuo Yuan and Fan Jing for cooking delicious meals! Thanks are also due to those who did the cleaning. May God bless our loving hearts! Pictures of the retreat are shown below.

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10th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service of Christian Leadership Renewal Center

The thanksgiving service was held at the home of Elder Yeh in Wake Forest, NC, on the afternoon of November 5, 2016, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of CLRC and the recent completion of the new dormitory. The guests included two board members from Chicago and Pittsburgh, pastors/elders and leaders from six Chinese churches in North Carolina, and CLRC’s volunteers. Together, we commemorated the blessings that God had bestowed on the Center during the last ten years.

The program began with the hymn “Amazing Grace”. Through the reading of Psalm 127:1, we were reminded of the fact that whatever works we do would be in vain unless it is done in the will of God and by His grace. Furthermore, Php. 1:3-6 reminded us that we should be grateful to God because He has enabled pastors and coworkers to begin the good work by serving together in the ministry of leadership training and the gospel. We believe that He will also complete the good work.

Elder Yeh then showed a new video, an introduction to CLRC (also available to view at the CLRC website, www.clrcrenewal.org, under “About us”). It highlighted the natural beauty of the Center’s surrounding environment, the various facilities and the activities held during the last ten years, including a brief self-introduction by Elder Yeh. That was followed by his recounting how the vision for CLRC was conceived, the history of its building up from virtually nothing, its current ministries and Elder Yeh’s “dream” and long term vision for the future. (See below for the links to the power point presentation, anniversary presentation.ppt, and to its audio recording, anniversary audio.mp3).

After a short break with drinks and snacks served, the service continued with Elder Yeh’s remarks to thank the board members for their support and guidance and the volunteers for contributing their time and effort. He then made a formal proposal on the future operation of the Center which will require the collective effort of local churches/leaders, and the reasons behind this proposal. He asked for feedback to this proposal from all the churches by December 10. (See below for the links to the power point presentation and its audio recording of the proposal, proposal for CLRC future.ppt and proposal audio.mp3.) The two board members in attendance then encouraged all churches to take advantage of this platform to fully cooperate with each other in continuing the work of leadership training in order to fulfill God’s will in furthering His Kingdom. The service was concluded with prayer and blessing led by board member Pastor Paul Bucknell.

Following the service, drinks and delicious snacks were served so the guests can continue to greet and have fellowship with one another.

10th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service Audio
10th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service PPT
Proposal for CLRC Future Audio
Proposal for CLRC Future PPT
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