Island, FL Jim Lake, Former Pastor of Wesley
"I have been praying and searching for an effective opportunity
of renewal for our congregation for some time. The UpBuilding Weekend
was the perfect answer!" Dr. Rand's creative and energetic leadership
led to a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ for all age groups that
attended.The Weekend was also an excellent 'kick-off' to our capital fund
campaign. Dr. Rand returned for a 2nd time to lead a friendship evangelism
training that was "custom-made" for our congregation."
Linda Johnson, Minister
of Discipleship at Wesley
It was a personal privilege to be apart of Dr. Rand's fun-filled,
instructional, easy-to-understand methods for sharing our stories of faith!
The lessons he taught us are for children, youth, and adults, and they
have proven to work! They opened up new and exciting ways to bring folks
into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ."
IN Kevin McKinney, District Superintendent
WRITTEN TO ALL PASTORS IN THE DISTRICT--"In keeping with
my promise to bring opportunities to enhance the ministries of your congregations,
I want to commend what I think is an excellent resource for Church Renewal
and Retreats, Friendship Evangelism Training, and both Marriage and Family
Communication Seminars. UpBuilding Ministries is a Bible based ministry
that brings something fresh to the normal ministry models you have
been doing. I hope you will give this possible ministry tool your prayerful
MI Dr. Brad Kalajainen, Pastor of Cornerstone
chose an UpBuilding Weekend as a follow-up to the 40 Days of Purpose campaign.
It was a wise choice! I highly recommend every church to do the same.
You will experience the power of your people singularly focused on God
and building up one another in a concentrated time of spiritual renewal.
City , MI Ron Brooks, Pastor
of Carson City
"We chose an UpBuilding Weekend to highlight the conclusion of a
series we've done on relationships. We could not have been more pleased!
Every age group was blessed. It was a fun-filled, inspiring, practical,
and rooted in the Scriptures experi- ence! Best of all we found the Spirit
of God moving in the worship services. Dr. Rand preached a different message
at each of our three services. The highlight for me was seeing 40 people
make a commitment to Jesus...most for the first time!
MI Bill Beachy, Pastor of Trinity
A personal highlight for me was that my 15 year old son, Andrew,
attended the mens session with me. He committed his life to Jesus
Christ and decided to forgive a person who had inflicted great pain upon
his young life. Then during the Sunday worship service, my 17 year old
daughter, Carrie, responded to an invitation to the congregation to receive
and put their belief in Jesus Christ! My heart is overflowing with
Point, NC Chuck Wilson, Pastor of Wesley Memorial
Auman, Minister of Christian Education
both gladly and wholeheartedly commend Dr. Ron Rand and an UpBuilding
Weekend to any church that wants to receive God manifold blessings! We
found each session to be interactive, filled with humor, practical in
application, and en-amored with real life stories! When your church decides
to invite Dr. Rand to lead an UpBuilding Weekend, your congregation will
be pleasantly amazed at how he brings together biblical principles in
a non-threatening, yet engaging way."
OH Dennis Mohler, Pastor of Walnut Street
Smith, Former Assistant Pastor
you are looking for spiritual renewal ideas for your church, this is something
well worth considering. The sessions of the UpBuilding Weekend are specifically
orientated for the variety of ages and groups within a church. Each session
was met with positive results and many changed lives. The Weekend was
also a quick pick-me-up to a long winter!"
OH Jeff Raker, Pastor of Cornerstone
Bailey , Pastor of Discipleship
did a weekend workshop that we called "Digging in Deeper."
One of the sessions was for our church leaders on spiritual leadership.
The mere sight of 20 leaders on their knees praying the Scriptures for
every member of the church by name was something both of us will
OH Steve Bennett, Former Pastor of Westwood
"Months after, we are still experiencing the positive effects of
the Weekend and the prayer commitments which we made to each other. Each
session was spiritually motivating, upbeat, contemporary, and biblically
sound. Dr. Rand has a unique ability to appeal to all age levels with
humor and excitement!
OH Paul Cocklin, Former Pastor of Oak Hills
We live in a time when the world is doing its best to discourage
and defeat believers in every arena of life. This is especially true for
elderly Christians. Thank you, Ron, for the way you made the seasoned
saints not only feel like they are needed, but affirmed who they
are presently in Christ and also gave them future practical ways to continue
to be a vital part of the Body of Christ!
OH Craig Jones, Pastor of Cheviot
The practical application of God's Word at each of the various sessions
was a great appeal to our congregation, especially with our youth. Dr.
Rand presents in detail both the doctrinal and experiential aspects of
a positive and healthy Christian life. Everyone left encouraged and upbuilt
in our faith!
OH Paul McCullough, Pastor
Living up to its name, our Weekend saw people of every age group
being built up in their personal faith in Christ, in their marriages,
in their families, and in the extended church family. I highly recommend
this Weekend event to every church that desires to have its membership
richly blessed by God!
OH Merle Walter, Jr., Pastor of Fairborn St. Luke
God blessed my former congregation through an UpBuilding Weekend.
(SEE BE-LOW). I wanted the same for His people I now serve. And He DID!
He does so be-cause Dr. Rand's presentations engage attendees in practical
application of God's Word to daily life. The Spirit was definitely at
work through this ministry as dozens of lives were positively impacted---some
eternally. All evaluations from our folk were overhelmingly positive.
It was another great blessing for Nancy and me, too!
OH Merle Walter, Jr., Former Pastor of St. Marks
leaders and people have attended many seminars which filled them with
a lot of knowledge and good intentions, but the implementation most often
fell short. The UpBuilding Weekend allowed each participant, including
myself and my family members, to put practical applications into effect
right away. The Couples event was a help and highlight. Nancy and I appreciated
laughing together and the times of reflecting on our marriage.
OH Ben Foulk, Pastor of Lithopolis
The lessons we learned in practical Christianity had real people,
dealing with real life situations, with concrete ways of surrendering
their past, blessing their family, and drawing near to Christ. We are
already considering the next event for which we will invite Dr. Rand back
because of the power and joy that was experienced by all."
OH Ray Kane, Former Pastor of Etna
you didn't receive a blessing, it was your own fault is the way
one person described our UpBuilding Mini-week. Three things stand out
for me as a pastor: teens role-played anger scenarios and practiced techniques
for channeling negative feelings in healthy ways; women learned new beauty
secrets and buried old, past pains and hurts; and our church leaders
received a new inner call about being spiritual leaders, not just committee
OH Ruben Cabanillas, Pastor of Pataskala
Those of us within the United Methodist Church are quite familiar
with renewal weekends. The UpBuilding Weekend is unlike any we've
experienced! It is totally unique! My best explanation is to say the
Weekend can't be adequately explained, it can only be personally and corporately
OH Clark Hess, Pastor of Cornerstone
I saw the UpBuilding Weekend ignite the spiritual embers of our
congregation. Dr. Rand has a fabulous track record in ministry of solid
Biblical teaching in practical Christianity for "real" people
dealing with "real life" situations. This enabled "busy"
people of all ages to come away spiritually enriched."
OH Joe Hansen, Former Pastor of Waynesville
The Weekend was a true gift from the Lord to our congregation. Weeks
afterwards seniors, men, women, youth, and couples were still commenting
on specific ways Ron helped us to offer encouragement to one another.
The sessions were loaded with practical applications of rich biblical
moments. The laughter was memorable and the prayer times impacted our
entire church family. We will invite Ron back!
Chester, OH David Bridgman, Pastor of Faith Community
All of us in pastoral ministry are often praying for a spark
to ignite God's people to a deeper walk in their Christian faith and service.
The UpBuilding Weekend was that spark for us! We are now experiencing
a fire of both evangelism and renewal because of it!
PA Deryl Larsen, Former Pator of Baldwin Community
part of our Lenten discipline, we invited Dr. Rand to present an UpBuilding
Weekend. Our congregation "raved" about the experience as it
brought Christ alive in the context of relational ministry. I highly recommend
PA Jeff St. Clair, Associate Pator of Baldwin Community
Rand led multiple sessions. The one that touched me most was the session
I attended after coming from the hospital where my father had a major
setback with his MS. Ron knew of my situation and was immediately led
by the Holy Spirit to begin praying for me from I Peter 5 and Matthew
11. The people in attendance laid hands upon me and God's Word came
alive as I experienced a profound peace! During our Worship services,
the Lord touched many lives and I consider it a joy to have been one of
them! I highly recommend Ron Rand to your church."
PA Lance Tucker, Pastor of Brockport Charge
four rural churches of this charge went together, rented the town hall,
and hosted a community-wide UpBuilding Weekend. Dr. Ron Rand, uses scripture
to enlighten and inspire both the churched and the unchurched. The Weekend
is designed to meet people where they are and let them move at their own
pace to find their walk with Christ. All four churches prospered from
this rich experience!"
PA Clair Lundberg, Pastor of Lanes Mills and Moorhead
appreciated several things about the Weekend: 1. there were sessions for
each age group in the church, 2. each session featured practical
Biblical instruction, and 3. each session was interactive and
participatory. My own life was blessed during the men's session
when an opportunity was given to forgive persons of our past."
PA Frank Sherman, District Superintendent
only was I excited about the way my former congregation responded to Gods
Spirit working during the Weekend, but I was personally challenged to
grow in my relationship with my family and my Lord. Also, I was given
several practical ways to ACT upon the challenge!. My life is changed
because of this. I intend to incorporate Rons interactive teaching
techniques into my own style.
PA Joe Martin, Jr., Pastor of Cooperstown Charge
was very flexible in working with us at the three churches I serve. He
ran the curcuit and preached in all three! There has been no end to the
positive comments and personal notes about the experience coming to me
and the Administrative Boards. I highly recommend the Weekend to any church
seeking a congregational event for personal spiritual growth for persons
of every age.
PA Jim Shaver, Retired Pastor of First
kept hearing from my Methodist pastor friends about ALL the wonders the
Lord does through an UpBuilding Weekend. Since I was retiring, I decided
to leave our congregation with a positive experience that focused upon
Him. The Weekend was more than any of us had anticipated! People were
reborn, renewed, and recharged! And I retired in the wake of it all. I
thank God for the whole Weekend experience!
PA Timothy Heitz., Pastor of Fredericksburg
Weekend provided 'something for everyone of ALL ages.' I can't
describe in this short space the transformation of lives that happened
during the Weekend! Each session was packed with personal Scripture messages,
humor, and practical approaches to living life. Also, the cost was affordable
to small-sized congregations such as ours.
PA Chuck Hildbold, Jr., Pastor
From my experience with Dr. Rand at our Methodist Conference on
Evangelism and at my former church at Vandergrift, I knew that our church
family at Jenners-town, would have a marvelous time of renewal and spiritual
growth. We did! The Weekend blessed me and our people in ways we could
not imagine! Now that we have experienced Ron and his practical teaching,
we are planning to have him return for some specialized equipping events."
Holland, PA Tim Heitz, Former Pastor of Evangelical
I had an UpBuilding Weekend at my former church in Fredericksburg
and wanted to have another at my new church in New Holland. Words cannot
adequately describe the transformation of lives that happened at both
churches. Each of the various sessions was packed with personal scripture
messages, humor, and practical approaches to living our lives with purpose
PA Chuck Hildbold, Jr., Former Pastor of Vandergrift
"Dr. Rand led an Evangelism Conference for our Methodist Chirches.
We were amazed by his major paradigm shift from a speaker-student model
to an equipping model. He had us immediately put into action whatever
he taught! This gave us all an ability to actually 'practice' what he
was 'preaching!' Ron also led from his own personal and current examples
of how he was 'fishing for others!' Remarkable!