AZ Dave Philips, Former Pastor of Desert Hills
Our entire congregation absolutely loved the UpBuilding Weekend.
They're still talking about it and practicing the Biblical principles
Ron taught. This was his 2nd visit to Desert Hills and already our people
are requesting to have him back!"
CA Darrin Hawkins, Pastor of Sierra Vista
We had an UpBuilding Weekend while I was in Mexico. At the
session for Families only one middle school aged boy showed up. He quickly
wanted to go home. By the end of the time with Ron, he approached him
and personally thanked him for coming! The reaction of our members was
positive and affirmed that no church is too small or too large for Ron's
Ministry, and that the Lord works even when the pastor is out of town!
CA Stephanie Miller-Mclane, Pastor of St. Stephen
The UpBuilding Weekend was an exciting kick-off to our Fall
ministries. Dr. Rand focused on relationships, praying the Scriptures,
effective forgiveness, and sharing our faith in non-threatening ways.
All of the presentations were interactive and inclusive of all groups
within the church. We were blessed! The Weekend is also very affordable."
CA Ernie Freund, Former Pastor of First
Before I retired, I wanted the entire congregation to have
a positive experience. The UpBuidling Weekend met that need perfectly!
It is designed so that virtually every member is blessed by personal application
of the Word of God. There was also a strong emphasis on prayer and an
surprise expression of affirmation of me by the congregation!"
CA Carl Engstrom, Former Pastor of First
I recommend an UpBuilding Weekend as an in-house spiritual
advancement. So do our people. All-yes ALL, of the reviews that
we collected were positive! Gods people leave each session with
practical ways for Christian living and with a great attitude toward the
CA Bruce Lethbridge, Pastor of Orcutt
Speaking as a pastor, the thing that impressed me most was
the deep level of sharing that happened between people, especially at
the sessions for men and women. Rons involving people with the Word
helped several of our folks deal with long term hurts that had never been
healed. I appreciated this greatly.
Paula , CA Mark Kliewer, Former Designated Pastor of First
We booked Ron to lead an UpBuilding Weekend because, in my
opinion, he is the best at what he does challenge and positively
upbuild others. Our elders voted to have him return for a three-week period
to help us design some specific ministries and also equip some of our
laity to lead these new ministries when he left. He did it. That ought
to say what we think about of his leadership among us!
Oaks, CA Tim Beal, Former Pastor of Emmanuel and
Shaw, Associate Pastor
Each session was tailored to meet the differerent constituencies
in our church. This had a tremendous personal effect! As evidenced by
the feedback, solicited and unsolicited, many were touched in significant
ways that led them to commit themselves more deeply to Christ, their families,
and to our churchs ministries.
CA Charlie Little, Pastor of First
The Weekend truly blessed our people! For me, it was a powerful
affirmation of my place as both shepherd and leader. Ron's emphasis on
prayer and his work with the leaders of the church has led me into a more
consistent life of prayer for all the people of the church. Because of
the Weekend, the congregation expressed their appreciation of my ministry
in creative ways! I was renewed in my sense of calling.
CA Dr. Mark Patterson, Pastor of Community
UpBuilding weekend was affordable and easy to host. Ron is a delight to
work with, flexible, and strives to work with the leaders of the church
and the ministries already in place. Every age group within our church
was involved. We had hundreds participate with most attending several
sessions. Ron's warm style, humor, and relationship building skills made
the event a personal renewal for all."
Paul Dugan, Associate Pastor
The Weekend enabled our people to become "doers"of
God's Word, not just "hearers!" Each attendee including our
children and youth were given many opportunities to creatively put truth
into practice. This included an unexpected congregational affirmation
of our pastoral staff, which we thoroughly appreciated!"
Hueneme , CA Dr. Kent Meads, Interim Pastor of Westminster
"When I was at Eastminister in Ventura as an Interim,
Ron led a stategic retreat
for the congregation that had lost its pastor of 26 years. His insights
and personal sharing accomodated our needs and moved us from laughter
to thoughful reflection and interpersonal sharing in small groups. Lives
were changed during the weekend. This was a time of healing, renewal,
blessing, and refreshment."
CO Glenn Perica, Former Pastor of Central
The Weekend was outstanding for several reasons: the cross generational
appeal; the humor mixed with sound Biblical teaching; the commitment to
bring people to a personal relationship with Jesus; the challenge to ordinary
Christians to become extraordinary Christians; and the personal
encouragement of our church staff.
Park , FL Bill Birdsall, Former Pastor of New Life
highly recommend an UpBuilding Weekend for churches that desire to "hear
in a new way" the Biblical message of Christ for all ages."
Dr. Ron Rand was great with positive surprises and excellent ways of getting
our folks involved in their faith walk. He loves to have a good time and
his spirit is infectious. Ron's personal faith in Christ is witnessed
by his prayer emphasis and faithful use of the Bible."
FL Ron Smith, Pastor of St. Johns
During our UpBuilding Weekend, our people experienced practical
ways to pray, extend forgiveness, and to build relationships. During the
Sunday morning service, Ron encouraged people to both express written
appreciations with short notes to the pastoral staff and to commit to
pray each week this year for the pastoral staff. Well over one-third of
our congregation stood for personal prayer in response to Ron's call for
FL Doug Ganyo, Associate Pastor of St. Johns
We at St. Johns were uniquely blessed to have Dr. Ron Rand
speak to our men, women, youth, families, and church leaders. Here is
a sampling of some of the testimonies of our people: "Ron made the
Scriptures come alive for me." "I found that I was actually
able to pray God's Word." "He moved me to write a letter of
rec-onciliation to my son." Each session was a witness to Christ,
biblically grounded, filled with faith stories and had great humor."
FL Terry Lucarelli, Pastor of Lakewood
The UpBuilding Weekend positively affected all aspects of our
congrgational life! God used it to bring about many significant "defining
moments" in the lives of our lay people AND may I add, my own included!
We have already invited Ron to return next February to lead us in a Personal
Faith Sharing Seminar, a natural follow-up to our first Weekend."
FL Stephen Husley, Pastor of Lake Square
Ron's love of our Lord and the Church is obvious! So is the
fact that he is a person of prayer! He has a unique gift using Scriptures
creatively. Each session was incredibly insightful and enjoyable by all.
Our congregation was challenged and encouraged. He is a superb motivator
and as an added bonus, he is also an excellent preacher!"
Park, FL Tim Roberts, Pastor of Orange Park
The UpBuilding Weekend guided our congregation in a dynamic
time that spiritually renewed all in attendance! There were opportunities
for ALL ages of the church. The Weekend not only addressed the congregation's
spiritual needs, but it also met mine as well!
FL David Miller, Pastor of Faith
Ron's been with us at Faith several times. Each time our people
want to have him back! That says a lot!
Petersburg , FL Bill Martin, Former Pastor of Northeast
Ron is a warm-hearted, upbeat PCUSA pastor who's specialty
and giftedness is upbuilding congregations in practical application of
God's Word. We asked him to design a special weekend for us with a theme
of Deepening Relationships. He did it with special emphasis on our staff,
elders and deacons, and entire congregation. I am confident that your
congregation could greatly benefit from time with him."
IL Chuck Legvold, Pastor of Westminster
The UpBuilding Weekend hit its target of building up the whole family
of faith. The response was overhelmingly positive. My personal relationship
with Jesus was refreshed and I was personally moved to see dozens of people
make either first-time commitments or re-commitments to be followers of
IL Bob Kopp, Pastor of First
As I reflect upon the UpBuilding Weekend, I see a continuing
response and trans-forming impact upon our congregation! Each session
was highlighted with explana-tion, interaction, and personal application
within a context of Biblical fidelity. I truly recommend Dr. Rand and
UpBuilding Ministries with highest enthusiasm!"
IN Jerry Van Auken, Former Pastor of First
We hosted the Weekend at my former church, Tabernacle Presbyterian,
at the end of our interium pastor time and the beginning of our new pastor's
coming! The timing was perfect! What a tremendous way to unite our people
of all ages around a common theme of upbuilding. The Weekend gave us a
jump-start to new beginnings."
IN Steve Ebling, Pastor of New Hope
New Hope has never hosted a renewal event before. What a great
start the Week-end was for us! I was blessed to see people of all ages
challenged to grow in their faith in Christ. Ron has a great way of teaching
and then ensuring that accountabil-ity and follow-up take place. For example,
my wife and I entered into a month-long prayer covenant with another couple
after the session for Couples to pray for each other's marriage."
IN Eric Gale, Pastor of First
As pastor at the same church for 14 years, I am always looking
for fresh ways to stir the congregation to a new level of devotion
to Christ. The UpBuilding Weekend did just that. There was never a dull
moment! Great emphasis was placed upon im-mediate application of the scriptural
teaching. The few days Dr. Rand spent with us brought encouragement and
new challenges to our faith and family life."
MD Greg Seckman, Former Pastor of Gaithersburg
Our community is made up of people who lead busy lives. The unique
structure of this Weekend allowed people to choose the segments they desired
to attend. As
a result the overall attendance superceded ALL of our previous conferences!
Craig, Former Associate Pastor of Gaithersburg
I have known Ron for years and can tell you with confidence and
from experience that he has a genuine love for the church. I know that
God would use him in the life of your congregation as He used him in ours.
Months have passed since our UpBuilding Weekend but I still hear positive
feedback from the event.
City , MN Jim Ellison, Former Pastor of First
strongly urge every pastor to consider an UpBuilding Weekend. I am well
aware that there are so many programs that come across our desk. This
one is definitely worth your time! The Weekend focused on every person
of every age in the church. This is one of its strengths. It also provided
for me a marvelous break to sit back and listen for a change! I was deeply
moved several times!"
MN Pam Cooper, Former Director of Congregational Life
One of the strongest benefits of an UpBuilding Weekend is the
way Ron enlists the participants to be accountable to one another through
prayer covenants. I saw this demonstrated at the mens, womens,
and marriage events. Participants paired up and made a covenant to pray
for and to phone one another the following month.
City, MO Doug Burford, Former Pastor of Ward Parkway
I saw the Spirit of God affect peoples lives in significant
ways through the UpBuilding Weekend at our church. Almost as great as
that, I barely had to lift a finger as the host pastor! In addition, Ron
said those things to our congregation which need to be said to nearly
every congregation, yet can only be said by a guest minister. He said
them with great tact and discernment.
City , MO Joe Pallikkathayil, Former Pastor of St. Luke
Our UpBuilding Weekend was a refreshing renewal time for the
whole church! Dr. Rand is a superb communicator of the Good News of Jesus
Christ in humorous, joyous, experiencial, and memorable ways. We were
so blessed that we have already scheduled Dr. Rand to return in September
2006 to lead a Friendship Evangelism Seminar for the entire congregation!
UPDATE: The Saints at St. luke have now been twice blessed
with Dr. Rand's second visit! God will bless your con-gregation, too,
when you host an UpBuilding Weekend. I guarantee it!"
Joseph , MO Cliff Mansley, Former Pastor of Brookdale
I simply can't say enough about the tremendous value to our
entire congregation the UpBuilding Weekend was! Each major age or affinity
group was affected. Each session included practical, compelling, Christ-centered
messages that challenged people to put their faith into action--and they
did just that! Topping off the Weekend Ron brought an inspiring, heartfelt
sermon to the Sunday morning services that blessed the entire congregation!
NE Jim Crelin, Pastor of Eastridge
I often wish people would share with me positive ministries
that have impacted their churches. UpBuilding Ministries is one of these.
It offers many programs, all of which are inspirational, practical, and
Biblical. Dr. Ron Rand led a leaders' training that set a very positive
tone for our congregation. He was able to do in a short time what I have
been trying to do for three years--develop a pattern for praying for our
entire membership! This is one of the values of having speakers who are
outside the normal church context. People hear things differently and
NE Bill Bowers, Former Pastor of Dundee
Ron led our annual officers' retreat with a theme of Being
an Effective Leader through the Practice of Prayer. To see our Elders,
Deacons, and Trustees praying with and for each other using Scripture,
was personally thrilling for me as a pastor. We invited him to return
for a congregational event. The various sessions were multigenerational.
Young children to seasoned saints participated! How rare!"
NC Jim Eller, Organizing Pastor of Cornerstone
Last week our session and congregation had several opportunities
to reflect upon the effects of the UpBuilding Weekend. Their affirmations
were strong and their personal testimonies of Gods work in their
hearts expressed genuine thanksgiving. This proved to be exactly the type
of spiritual enrichment event our new church development needed.! We highly
recommend it to other young churches looking for a leap in spiritual development.
NC Ray Cobb, Pastor of Triangle
We've had Ron come twice to Triangle. He runs a spiritual
marathon by including times with all of the diverse groups in the
church. The responses, including my own, have been positive and in some
cases life changing. It was a special blessing to have my wife and our
high school senior son participate with me in the sessions for couples
and men. One mother commented on the Family session: 'We continue to
reference the teachings; even our children thought it was a lot of fun.'"
NC Drew Clark, Pastor of First
Rand uses a small group model, meeting separately with "Seasoned Saints",
men, women, married couples, and youth. The fellowship and intimacy that
he created went a long way to creating a spirit-filled renewal weekend.
Many of our congregation were touched by his sermon on Sunday morning
and are still talking about the changes made by the Holy Spirit in their
lives as a result."
NC Vern Dodd, Pastor of Huntersville
This is my second experience with an UpBuilding Weekend and
Dr. Rand. Each time I have been impressed that Ron's teaching displays
a special gift for simplicity and his style steadily causes each participant
to "take action!" Not content merely to hand out knowledge,
he always imparts clear steps for application and provides sound strategy
to achieve measurable results. I highly recommend this Ministry!"
Olive, NC Steven Wicks, Pastor of Mt. Olive
"I highly commend an UpBuilding Weekend to your church - or
even two! Our church members and staff experienced both personal and corporate
spiritual growth, enhanced fellowship, practical Biblical teaching, and
lots of laughter. We followed up the "UpBuilding the Entire Family of
God" weekend with another weekend five months later that focused on "Equipping
Member to Share Their Faith" and leadership development. Both weekends
NC W. Lee Kinney, Pastor of First
I enjoyed the opportunity to experience God's power and grace
as Ron shared with us. He taught us ways to pray through and live by the
Word of God, even in most difficult times. Many people found new hope
because of what God did during the weekend.
NC Steve Hein, Pastor of St. Andrews-Covenant
I have invited Ron to minister in ALL of the churches I've
pastored. He blends his pastoral experiences with practical applications
of God's Word. He is energetic, insightful, practical, and Biblical in
all that he teaches! On his latest visit he lead us in his Friendship
Evangelism training Option. A comment by one attendee sums up the training
quite well: 'I now know that I can do this!'"
OH Mark Ruppert, Pastor of First
After having Ron for an UpBuilding Weekend, we invited him
back for an in-house retreat to help us discern a new call for
our congregation. Our congregation and leaders benefited greatly from
Ron's many "pearls of wisdom" stemming from his pastoral experience
of over 37 years. It was a "watershed" time for us!"
OH Drew Elling, Pastor of Cedarville United
This was my second experience with an UpBuilding Weekend. Each
was received enthusiastically by the various groups of both churches,
the families with children and youth, men, women, couples, and leaders.
The truths of the Bible were comm-unicated in practical and memorable
ways. This church has about 130 members without a budget for outside events.
The Weekend was an affordable ministry in today's economic climate. We
greatly appreciated this and highly recommend it."
OH Tom Sweets, Pastor of Madeira Silverwood
The Weekend provided a positive and practical approach to receiving
teaching from God's Word followed by immediate APPLICATION of it at every
session. This dist-inguishes an UpBuilding Weekend from other church events!
OH Jeff Hosmer, Former Pastor of Northminster
The feedback from our congregation has been overwhelmingly
positive, including several thank yous written to the Session
for scheduling the Weekend. A serving elder described the worship service
as one of the most awesome, memorable experiences of my life.
OH Erwin Goedicke, Pastor of North
I've known Ron personally for over 20 years as a colleague
(our church provided office space for the first 5 years of UpBuilding
Ministries.) Ron brings more than a pastor's heart and years of wisdom
and Biblical insight into the Weekends. He brings side-splitting creativity
and such clear, practical, and unexpected ways of communicating God's
truth that it sticks with you forever! The monthly newsletters are filled
with amazing stories of the unique ways God works His many wonders!"
OH Bill Gestal, Former Pastor of Sycamore
I think every pastor prays for a spark: to ignite God's Spirit
in our churches, to encourage, inspire, and to challenge, to share the
love and grace of Jesus, and to invite people to a living faith in our
Lord. Our congregation hosted an UpBuilding Weekend and ALL of the above
and more took place! I've known Ron for years and I cannot think of one
conversation with him, which has not included a deep time of prayer.This
means a lot to me and reveals his personal walk with the Lord.
OH Steve Gorman, Former Co-Pastor of Westwood First
The Weekend provided a number of unique opportunities for the
different "constituencies of the church. Each contained a strong
evangelical witness for Jesus Christ and a strong emphasis on prayer."
OH George Hupp, Former Pastor of Montgomery
How do you grow a congregational spiritually? One way is through
an UpBuilding Weekend. It took us six years to finally invite Dr. Ron
Rand to be a useful tool to help give us the spiritual direction we needed
at this time in the life of our church. We have a new spiritual depth
in our growth as a result of the Weekend."
OH Mike Wheatley, Former Pastor of West Chester
I have known Ron for many years. He is creative, energetic
and Biblically sound and challenging! We could not have asked for anything
more: a fun, upbuilding time which led us deeper in our relationships
with one another in many practical ways.
OH John Lewis, Pastor of The Hamilton
This was one of the most exciting renewal weekends our church
has had in years. Ron's ability to relate to a diverse group is a rare
gift that God uses to minister so effectively to His people of all ages.
OH Art Helin, Pastor of Northfield
Ron has an uncanny way of helping people do things they dont
normally do but in sensitive, non-threatening ways. I saw people pray
together who had never prayed out loud before! I watched God's Spirit
move Ron to speak some pastoral words to people who needed to hear exactly
what was said! It was awesome and amazing!
OH Paul Gaug, Former Pastor of Champion
The feedback from our congregation about the Weekend was ALL
positive (really)! Even folks usually less than enthusiastic about renewal
events were receptive. Ron
brought a positive perspective to our denomination's heritage. Also, my
personal attitude about pastoral ministry was refreshingly renewed!"
OH David Joachim, Pastor of Westminster
After hearing about how great an UpBuilding Weekend is, we
finally had one. In a word, the sessions were magnetic !
Amy and I enjoyed the Couples time and we are still applying some principles
we learned. The men's time gave me a lot to think about; I can't say that
I often get to sit at the feet of a really good Bible teacher."
Oswego, OR Bob Sanders, Pastor of Lake Grove
The Family session with the younger families was one of the
best times Ive ever enjoyed with this congregation. To see so many
children having such fun with their moms and dads was wonderful! A lot
of families were strengthened that night!
PA Dan Hrach, Pastor of Bethany
church was in the process of looking at new models of ministry. The greatest
part of the Weekend for us was the way Dr. Rand brought our members into
an understanding of the power and commitment to prayer. Prayer was a key
part of every one of the 8 different sessions conducted. Our staff was
overhelmed by the commitment of our entire congregation to pray for us
Dykstra, Associate Pastor
"Ron's style makes people feel comfortable, yet challenges them
in their walk with the Lord. His presentations made Scriptures 'come alive'
as a vital part of our everyday lives. He brought to all of us a better
understanding of the humanity and the divinity of Jesus Christ in our
Pat Hartsock, Pastor of
We invited Dr. Rand to come and lead and challege us during
our November stewardship campaign. Not only was our faith-pledge card
response the greatest we have ever experienced but many lives were changed
through personal application of God's Word at the various sessions of
the UpBuilding Weekend. It was a most rewarding experience for our congregation!"
PA Lowell Meek, Pastor of Round Hill
Four small churches banded together for a Weekend. Often we
smaller churches find it difficult to provide quality experiences like
this. By joining together we filled our fellowship halls and the high
school auditorium where we held a joint Sunday worship service. The Weekend
left an indelible impact for Christ in our community!
PA Lori Cotten, Former Pastor of First
Dr. Ron Rand, who himself pastored a rural community church,
led our weekend for four rural congregations with great empathy and insight.
He wisely guided us in having the various sessions in each of our churches.
This enabled each church to have some personal ownership. The results:
an overwhelming response!"
PA Andy Curtis, Former Pastor The Forks of the Brandywine
A comment from one of our men sums up the Weekend: In
my time as a Christian man I have been to two mens retreats and
three national mens ministry events. All five of these events combined
did NOT compare to the blessings I received during the three hours I spent
with Dr. Rand."
PA Dirk Lesnett, Pastor of Eifinwild
Ron intentionally honors the call and work of a pastor. The
specific ways he gives people opportunities to pray for, care for, respect,
and support their pastor is spiritually refreshing, reassuring, and rewarding!
PA Jeff Winter, Former Interim Pastor
On three occasions I have invited Ron to come to churches I
have pastored. Each time can be summarized in two words...God moved!
Ron practically applied the Scriptures and trusted the Holy Spirit for
the results. I encourage you to prayerfully consider hosting an UpBuilding
Weekend as soon as possible! You and your cong-regation will be blessed."
PA Dr. Tom Sebben, Former Interim Pastor of First
Presbyterians are inclusive. I thoroughly appreciated the Weekend's
theme of meeting with ALL possible groups in the church. Dr. Rand is a
man of enormous energy and sensitivity to each group with whom he is working.
He is an excellent communicator and his passion for practical application
of God's Word is evident!"
PA Marvin Barney, Pastor of First
What I will always remember is the congregation's response
in worship. The Spirit of God was touching lives in a way we had not seen
in some time. 45 people either committed their lives to Jesus Christ or
rededicated their lives to Him! God blessed Ron with an ability to sense
where people are in their faith and then speak to those needs. At our
three worship services Ron preached three "different"
Castle , PA Dr. Bill Meyer, Interim Pastor of Clen-Moore
Dr. Rand was willing and flexible in tailoring his teaching
to our personal objectives of becoming a more missional church, especially
to the 18-45 year old age groups. Not only did he enlighten our congregation
on this theme, but also trained a special group of leaders to train others
in the congregation in the future.His other teachings on Effective Forgiveness
and God's Grace were life changing for many."
PA Stan Ott, Former Pastor of Pleasant Hills Community
This was one of the best Christian Renewal conferences our congregation
has hosted! Rons clear presentations brought simple, practical
tools to help upbuild us in our faith, our family life, our marriages,
and our journeys of discipleship with Jesus Christ. Also, his love for
people of all ages shines through at all times.
Berns, Former Associate Pastor and
Thwaite, Associate Pastor
This is what we observed: singles and seniors felt affirmed;
marriages were strengthened; men were challenged in their family relationships
and ethics; women were deeply touched and up lifted with laughter; children
interacted with their parents; and the congregation was encouraged with
PA Lance Chapman, Pastor of Hamilton
Never have I experienced the love of a congregation as I did
on Sunday morning in the unique way Ron led the congregation in prayer
for me and for my ministry. Then to receive the names of over 80 members
who committed themselves to pray for me over the next year was unbelievable!
Praise the Lord!
PA Maxine Jenkins, Associate Pastor of Duquesne
The Presbytery of Pittsburgh sponsored an UpBuilding Weekend
for eleven small- sized congregations. It was Spirit-filled and uplifting
for all. I was impressed with Dr. Rand's engagement and affirmation of
all participants. Everything was based on God's Word. We also experienced
practical ways of incorporating Scripture in our prayers and in how to
share our faith.!
PA Ron Kronk, Former Pastor of New Sewickley
The Weekend made a profound difference for the church and my
ministry. I now have 124 people praying for me daily for the next year.
The people are beautifully pastoring me! What more could a pastor ask
for. All because of the Weekend.
PA Dennis Macaleer, Pastor of Level Green
Ron, here's a letter from a child who attended the Weekend.
She's a real sweetheart, and her note was unprompted by any adults. I
hope it makes your day, for it made mine! It shows the effects your ministry
has upon young ears and hearts! -'Rev. Rand. Thanks for coming.
I now know Jesus better. He loves me just as I am. You are a funny man.'
Island, SC Frank Holsclaw, Pastor of Pawleys Island
Our Session chose Dr. Ron Rand and the UpBuilding Weekend for
our time of congregational renewal because of his impressive background
in ministry. He has
a wide variety of experiences and understands pastors and parishioners.
These coupled with his application of the Word proved to be a dynmaic
TX Cliff Stewart, Pastor of First Central
One of the best things for me was to have in Ron an instant
pastoral friend. Rons experience in the church allows him to empathize
and understand. He listens. He affirms. He shares wise insights. He is
real. Bottom line is that the Weekend was great for me as a pastor
AND for our people!
, TX Jeff Conway, Pastor of Westminster
I've known Ron Rand since the mid-1980's. He is an energetic
and enthusiastic speaker who reached out to all of the generations in
our church. He adapted his presentations to fit our regular Wednesday
night program and continued through the entire weekend. The entire event
was a great success!"
Ciy , TX John Nelson-Pope, Former Pastor of First
Our UpBuilding Weekend brought renewal to a number of marriages
and definitely strengthened family bonds. At its conclusion on Sunday
morning, forty adults and young people either professed their faith in
Jesus Christ for the first time or they reaffirmed their commitment to
Him. Our Session is praying that we can schedule Dr. Rand for another
UpBuilding Ministry Option next year.
TX Richard Kleiman, Pastor of Faith
The UpBuilding the Entire Family Weekend was just that!
It touched and blessed all of our members. One of the things that we found
very helpful is that Ron is so thoroughly organized and also very affordable.
Our Session was so pleased with what happened that we plan to have him
back to do other seminars.
TX Dr. Dale Patterson, Pastor of Hackberry Creek
Brian Grassley, Former Associate Pastor
One facet of this ministry that appealed to us: our people,
probably like most, are over-committed, overscheduled, and awfully busy.
Everyone was invited to attend various ministry options so it's
not asking them to commit to a whole weekend, just a couple of hours.
This feature helped us reach a diverse group of participants in our overall
Jackson , TX Dr. Alan Trafford, Pastor of First
We enjoyed a high-energy Weekend. Dr. Rand has a great way of
connecting with people of all ages. Each session was well received. A
significant number of people made either first-time or renewed commitments
to Christ. It was easy to organize and very affordable. Any congregation
and visitors to it will surely enjoy this event. They may find themselves
experiencing God - which is what it's all about, after all."
TX Stephen Newton, Pastor of Westminster
UpBuilding Ministries is wonderfully suited for any church.
Sessions are held for specific groups within the church. This means is
that no one has to spend the entire weekend at church but are free to
attend the particular setting suitable to their interest. Another great
practical aspect is its affordability."
TX Dr. Rolfe Granath, Former Pastor of Plano
My testimony is that I was personally upbuilt in my ministry
by the Weekend. Ron asks the question:"Who pastors the pastor?" and gives
an opportunity for people to write a note of affirmation of me! Those
written words of encouragement were like water on the dry ground of my
soul! I wrote one for Ron, too!
VA Ralph Herbert, Pastor of Great Bridge
highly recommend Dr. Ron Rand and Upbuilding Ministries as a catalyst
for growth in your church.. Last year, Ron guided our elders, deacons,
and staff in a dynamic prayer retreat in such a winsome way. This year
he returned to bless the entire congregation. God uses Ron to touch people!
His enthusiastic style and sincere humility facilitates genuine renewal
in the family of faith. He will inspire your congregation to seek Jesus
Christ in scripture and in prayer. His ministry not only addresses the
congregationís spiritual needs but will meet yours as well!
VA Ron Kronk, Pastor of Fairview
is my second experience with an UpBuilding Weekend and Dr. Rand. We have
already invited him back for next year to build on our successes! Ron
is a practical, solid theologian and exceptional teacher. Everyone who
attended the various session was truly blessed and looking forward to
our time next year!
News, VA Scott Bowerman, Former Pastor of Hilton
particularly struck me was the Grace-fulness of the Weekend. Each session
and sermon was filled with opportunities for reconciliation, forgiveness,
and a fresh start based in the love of God in Jesus Christ. Attendees,
myself included, left workshops with a lightness that comes from encountering
Gods grace. The response of the congregation to the entire Weekend
was enormously positive.
VA Dr. Glen Holman, Pastor of First
We invited Dr. Rand to come for a Weekend to increase our effectiveness
as a congregation committed to evangelism and outreach. Ron's practical
teaching and helpful tools were well received by ALL ages and particularly
so by parents with young children and teens. We were empowered to see
evangelism as something we could do!"
WV Dr. Roger Rabey, Pastor of First
Dr. Rand's Biblical teaching was coupled with practical application
at each session. It centered on keeping our relationships with the Lord
and one another healthy and growing. It also included a congregational
affirmation of our pastoral staff on Sunday morning. We were indeed blessed
by the entire Weekend!"
WI John Gable, Former Pastor of Crossroads
I recalled meeting Ron about 10 years ago in Waterloo, IA, and
remembered him to be Biblically grounded, creatively insightful, and extremely
energetic. He was all of these and more! Whether speaking to seniors or
singles, children or couples, he always delightfully engaged us in the
Word at every session.
Lincicome, Associate Pastor
My favorite part of the Weekend was the candlelight dinner for
couples. Kristi and I enjoyed being together but also seeing couples laugh,
learn, and leave their own marriage comfort zones through
Ron's humor and practical applications.