Pastor and Leadership Conference

Long time no write! If you couldn’t tell, the Life at Nyack blog went on a brief hiatus. Yes, we have plenty of catching up to do.

A few weeks ago, the NYC Campus SGA members and other school leaders were invited to attend Brooklyn Tabernacle’s 2011 Pastor and Leadership Conference. The event, titled “Be Encouraged,” featured two days of messages, prayer, and workshops on topics ranging from children’s ministry to evangelism in the 21st century.

At breakfast, we interacted with pastors and leaders from around the U.S. and the world who came to, well, “be encouraged.” In the morning and afternoon, we heard from speakers Pastor Jim Cymbala and Francis Chan, who reminded the attendees why they were called to serve.

Also speaking was Ravi Zacharias, an apologetics teacher. He spoke on Daniel 1—if we choose to keep ourselves spiritually healthy in an unhealthy world, we’ll be fit to accomplish great things.

What did I learn from the session? Plenty, but here’s one of the most memorable tips on leadership: a breakdown of the words, “well done my good and faithful servant.”

  • Well: Do everything with excellence.
  • Done: There is importance and value in someone getting the job done. If you mess up, apologize, but get it done.
  • Good: Develop personal character.
  • Faithful: Don’t end off like Samson, good in character but not faithful to his cause. Don’t compare yourself to others. Stay consistent.
  • Servant: Never get a big head. Will you be able to do simple tasks? When asked for help, respond, “what do you need?” Help others.

Thanks to the Office of Student Development in NYC for providing the opportunity!

About Lelio

Hometown: Queens, NY. Year: Senior. Major: Business Administration. Other positions at Nyack College: Vice President, Nyack College Business Club, and Vice President, Student Government Association.

Ever had the feeling that a decision or phase in your life was just meant to be? Nyack College, although not my first college choice, fits this description perfectly; in hindsight, coming to this school is just one of the many “best-decision-of-my-life” outcomes I can’t take credit for. I’ve been afforded the chance to take my academics to new levels with the leadership and inspiration from certain professors, network with fellow Christians learning and participating in the field of business,help found and maintain a club, and now, blog to my fellow Nyack College students! I plan to bring quality, thought-provoking articles to the table while having a lot of fun.

My experiences have left me convinced that without God, my life would be nothing but either a nice collection of mantras and fine-tuned ideologies or a sad statistic. With this in mind, I involve my Creator in every aspect of my life—including this blog. Happy reading!

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