This past week marked a significant milestone in not only the life of 10 men but in the spiritual history being written by the Church in the Northeast USA. The Chapel, as you might already know, launched an intentional leadership environment two years ago call Renovation University (Reno U). This leadership program was birthed largely from a burden arising from the enormous difficulty and incredible significance for young leaders in the church to finish well. The demands and needs for godly leadership in the Church today are unprecedented given the precarious position the Church as a whole finds itself in the United States, especially in the Northeast. We are indeed at a crucial time. It is with this as a backdrop The Chapel launched Reno U more than two years ago with the specific purpose, “To Equip and Empower the Next Generation of Ministry Leadership to Live, Lead, and Serve Well.”
The Vision, which remains the same, is to create a two-year intentional leadership development environment where ten leaders can be equipped, challenged, and empowered physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The very first class of Reno U graduated in December of 2012 and this past week we launched another class that will graduate at the end of 2014. These ten men who are part of this new class will be challenged to grow in their intimacy with God, to deepen their understanding of who they are, to sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and to build meaning relationships with others on a similar journey. Pastor Jerry, Pastor Deone, Dwight Smith, along with myself, have made this a priority and are the primary facilitators of Reno U, noting it is a privilege to invest in these men and help guide their ultimate formation.
Please be in prayer for these men. Half of the class is from The Chapel and half is from our network of partnerships in the region. Those from The Chapel are Benji Cowart, Jon Cook, Jonathan Drake, Jay Perillo and Leroy Wiggins. Those from the region are Michael Nieves of Centerpointe Community Church, Jon Hasselbeck of Northgate Community Church, Chad Rieselman of Generation Church, Josh Wilson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity (Chicago, IL), Matt Miller of SteamTown Church (Keene, NH).
As you read these names and think about what they are endeavoring to do in the midst of God’s people, my hope is that you too are encouraged to run the race well as to gain the prize and that you and I at the end of our days can say the same as the Apostle Paul when he said “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
– Daryl Largis