The Christian Reformed Church’s Leadership Exchange (LEX) has set an ambitious agenda for itself as it goes into its second year.
Chris Pullenayegem, director of the exchange, says he, LEX staff, and board members have agreed to work "to catalyze a culture of Christ-like, kingdom-minded leadership in the CRCNA and beyond.”
LEX was started with the purpose of finding ways to identify, train, and encourage new leaders of all ages and ethnic backgrounds in the CRCNA.
Many people ask Pullenayegem what that future looks like for the church. He tells them, "It depends on how you see the past, what you do with it, and how you imagine the future.” LEX plans to partner with others to make a bright future for the CRC.
Leadership Exchange has set goals of developing leaders in all areas of the church who will facilitate and serve as resources for leadership development in different areas in which CRCNA congregations exist or are being planned.
It will also train leaders through multiple channels: live events, mentorships, retreats and Web-based technology, some of which has already occurred.
LEX will work to develop leaders, especially ethnically diverse leaders, to "produce Christ-like, obedient, and reliable disciples who in turn are able to connect with, teach, and train new disciples for Christ,” says Pullenayegem.
It will also equip, encourage, and empower young adults "to use their gifts in the church and kingdom by serving God and loving others.”
Overall, says Pullenayegem, Leadership Exchange seeks to create and sustain environments “that nurture and promote transformational servant leadership that contributes to the vision of our denomination."