Regent Hosts Church Relations Events
As Scripture from Ecclesiastes proclaims, a "chord of three is not
quickly broken;" David Kleffman, director of the Office of Church
Relations, strives to strengthen the bond between the local area church
and Regent University.
"Many have said the local church is the hope of the world, and
it is crucial we understand the value and importance of investing time
and energy in local ministry leaders," said Kleffman.
For Kleffman, his favorite part about what he does at Regent falls along
the lines of hosting free educational and leadership events for local
area pastors. On Monday, Oct. 21, and Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Office of
Church Relations hosted three separate events to bolster the growing
community between churches in the Hampton Roads area and Regent.
On Monday, Kleffman and his team presented the Inaugural Church
Relations Summit, providing opportunities for professionals working
within the context of a church body to connect, network and engage with
one another about current issues in the current climate of church
The summit featured Tim Fuller, vice president and owner of Credo, an
organization dedicated to private higher education consulting. Over the
last 17 years, Credo has been responsible for strategic planning,
enrollment management and research at more than 200 universities.
According to Kleffman, focusing on partnership with churches nearby is
an important factor of what he does, mainly because the demographic of
church goers is where Regent will find a large percentage of its student
"We're a Christian university with a mission of 'Christian Leadership to
Change the World'—one of our most important partnerships should be with
the local church," said Kleffman. "We attract Christian students, so
what better place to find prospective students than the church?"
The summit also featured Randy Stroman, a renowned speaker, trainer, and
coach as well as president of Convergence Leadership and Relationship
Center. Stroman, who served as one of the founding members of the John
Maxwell Team, also put his coaching skills to work as he led the
Pastoral Think Tank on Tuesday, Oct. 22, sharing his passion for
developing pastors as leaders within their congregations.
"If you have a calling on your life, you're not getting out of it," said
Stroman. "Plan, do, check, and act—what good is succeeding with
fulfilling a vision in your congregation if you don't know why it
Stroman encouraged the local pastors present for the think tank to "stay
focused" on their mission; explaining that if they give to their
congregants what they need, they will follow their leadership.
At the end of the two-day event, Stroman, along with youth ministry expert and author of The Orphaned Generation,
Scott Wilcher, took part in leading the Youth Leadership Forum. Stroman
and Wilcher led discussions with local area youth pastors, focusing on
renewing minds and hearts, the power of values in youth ministry, and
practical tips for growing wise and rich in youth ministry. Wilcher is
pursuing his Doctor of Strategic Leadership in the School of Business
Learn More about the Office of Church Relations.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888