CLRC’s Annual Leadership Training Retreat
CLRC leadership training seminar was held from 4/28-30/2016 with the topic, The Principles and Practice of a Healthy Growing Church ( 健康成長教会的原則和实践 ). The speakers were Elder Peter Liu (劉志雄長老) from New Jersey and Pastor Albert Lam (林祥源牧師) from San Diego, CA. Praise God for His many blessings during the leadership training seminar retreat: safety of every one; mild and dry weather (it rained cats and dogs on Thursday during the day, but no rain Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday); catered Chinese food for the first time; and the partial use of the new dorm (1st floor bedrooms for sisters and the kitchen for catered cooking), etc. Most of all, the inspiring messages of the speakers from two different perspectives but yet complimentary to each other on the same theme and practical in their applications. There were good discussions between speakers and attendees during the panel discussion and Q&A sessions. The survey results showed very positive response and great appreciation for the two speakers and their messages. One attendee commented, “此次 program對我及教會有很大的鼓勵和幫助。兩個講員兼具扎心的信息與 實際操作，有極大的幫助。I’m refreshed by the Lord’s message. Thank you
for this wonderful retreat.”
Video and Audio recordings of the seminars are available on CLRC’s website – Media Page
2016 Student Annual Leadership Training
Praise the Lord, SALT (Student Annual Leadership Training) 2016 organized by AFC campus minister, Chao-Yang Peng, was successfully held (April 2-3) at CLRC Lake Gaston site. It was led by a team of 5 speakers: Tom McCallie, Tom Henry, Jim Anthony, Jeff Gayle, Cam Janzen, and 2 counselors: Melody Shao and Li Zhu, with about 25 student leaders attending. They used the “Breakthrough leadership” materials which are specially designed for training Mainland Chinese students/scholars. Among the feedback forms received, seven of the attendees indicated their willingness to become AFC associate staff in campus ministry.
Sponsored by Greenville Chinese Christian Fellowship (GCCF), ECU Ark Fellowship had a spiritual retreat at CLRC’s Lake Gaston October 31- November 1. A total of 25 ECU students and scholars, along with co-workers from GCCF attended this retreat. This was the first time GCCF visiting CLRC’s Lake Gaston facility.
That first day Pastor Chaoyang shared a message of “Body-Mind-Spirit, IQ-EQ-SQ”. While many of us might have high IQ, we may need to work on our EQ. But the most important one is the SQ, spiritual quotient. With God’s guidance and Jesus’ love, integrity, kindness, peace, wisdom, we are set to be successful and joyful in this world. After lunch, we enjoyed colorful fall leaves while riding the boat in Lake Gaston. The food was delicious and making dumplings together for dinner was one of the best moments during the retreat to have fellowship together. During the evening, we shared our testimonies, Christian lives, and discussed many questions regarding our faith. Sunday morning we had our regular worship service. Pastor Chaoyang gave a message titled “Purpose of Life”. On the way home, we had opportunity to visit a vineyard. Everyone had a relaxed weekend and was lifted spiritually.
(Jianping Shan, Chairman of GCCF)
Duke Chinese Christian Fellowship organized a Fall weekend retreat at CLRC’s Lake Gaston on October 9-11. The purpose of the retreat was to encourage everyone to lay down their worldly worries from busy life and to enjoy a quiet fellowship time with one another in our Heavenly Father’s love along the beautiful lake shore.
29 brothers/sisters and friends stayed together sharing God’s love and building up one another. Besides making dumplings, BBQ and beef-stewed noodles, everyone took turns riding a rental platoon boat along the Lake. Brother Yuhai Wu of AFC shared two messages: “Where Does My Source of Strength Come From?” and “Sharing Jesus” on Saturday and Sunday. Many non-Christian friends attended the retreat as well. May the gospel seeds be planted in their hearts and bear fruits. Through the retreat, everyone’s spiritual life was renewed.
(Sharing of Zhe Gan, Chairman of Duke Chinese Christian Fellowship)
NCSU’s Family of Chinese Scholars Fellowship together Duke and UNC students of about 20 people organized a retreat at CLRC’s Lake Gaston facility on Labor’s Day weekend. All enjoyed and had a good time for the gathering. Pastor Peng of Ambassador For Christ sharing a gospel message titled “From Ivy-league Colleges to Realize that Knowledge and Fear of the Lord is the True Wisdom of Life.” Through making dumpling together, everyone got a chance to know one another just like Psalm 133: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” At night, all watched the movie “Chariots of Fire” featuring Eric Liddell who gave up his life and came to China for missions. Everyone was touched by his sacrificial love towards the Lord. Even though the retreat time is just for 1-night stay, we got a chance to visit a nearby wineary of wine tasting. Praise the Lord for all the blessings through the retreat. And thank CLRC for the hosting.
Wandering among the breeze of the mountain and floating above gentle waves of Lake Gaston,
We feel the Words of God.
Lord Jesus, we praise you, not only the true God but also the living God.
You live inside me, guiding, changing, correcting, and transforming me on all things, big or small.
Oh, Lord Jesus, please help me live under your governance and protection always, help me experience you on all aspects of my daily life whenever I speak and act, so that I can be a witness of the living God that we believe in within my family, among my neighbors and friends.
Oh Lord, help me turn from idols and serve you – the true and living God!
Organization： CHCCC (Chapel Hill Chinese Christian Church) retreat
Date：5/24-25， 2015, Memorial Weekend
Thank God for His guidance and blessing. CLRC’s annual leadership training retreat was held at Lake Gaston on April 23-25. We had about 20 brothers/sisters attending the retreat from North Carolina and Virginia. The theme of the retreat was: Mentoring and Disciplining. We had three speakers: Pastor Peter Chow, Prof. Chuck Kwok and Dr. Stacy Rinehart. Each brought with them vast experiences in mentoring and disciplining: Pastor Chow was the former president of China Evangelical Seminary in Taiwan and pastored churches for many years; Prof. Kwok is very involved with discipleship training/campus ministries in his hometown and around the world; Dr. Rinehart is the founder of MentorLink International and has a global ministry focusing on multiplying Christ-like leaders (e.g., “Leaders Covenant”…)
Through the seminars, all attendees agreed that mentoring and disciplining are the utmost important ministries for the local churches. Pastor Chow also led a special topic seminar on different issues facing “Chinese Seminary Education” today. The attendees also shared their discipling ministries at their own church as well as other personal and church issues. Some expressed their intention for starting discipleship programs after they return to their own churches.
Video and Audio recordings of the seminars are available on CLRC’s website – Media Page.