Pella Chronicle

April 7, 2013

Vermeer to offer leadership experience to pastors and general public


The Chronicle

Pella —

Leadership is difficult. One source of encouragement, [Leadership Alliance] . . . is funded and administered by the Vermeer Charitable Foundation. Over the years, this unique Charitable Foundation has invested heavily in leadership impacting this region. They have done so by inviting outstanding teachers, theologians and therapists to equip local leaders. 

- Pastor Kevin Korver, Third Church of Pella, Iowa

Do you consider yourself a leader?  “Whether you see yourself as a leader or not, there are sure to be people surrounding you every day who are impacted by your actions, your decisions, your words.  That makes you a leader in your own right, and how you choose to use that authority can change you and the world around you,” said Vermeer Charitable Foundation President Robert Vermeer.  That’s where the Vermeer Charitable Foundation’s Leadership Alliance efforts can make a difference in your life.

Leadership Alliance was launched by the Vermeer Charitable Foundation (VCF) in 2004, as needs of area pastors – needs such as loneliness, the need for encouragement and continued education and networking – became a focus of the Foundation.  As the organization sought input from area leaders, it became evident that the challenges facing pastors relate to a variety of leadership roles.  And so a vision developed to promote life-long self-care and spiritual formation among Christian leaders by providing networking and resource opportunities.  This became a reality through two annual events held at the Vermeer Global Pavilion.  While a primary audience of Leadership Alliance events includes pastors and church leaders, the events also involve an evening presentation by featured speakers, which is free and open to the public.  “Attendees are sure to gain insight on their own leadership efforts, as well as ways to support and learn from other leaders in their daily walk,” said Vermeer Charitable Foundation Executive Secretary Lois Vermeer.

Leadership Alliance participants in all walks and stages of life have discovered a host of take-aways from the presentations on a number of topics from a variety of denominational perspectives.  “I most enjoy the spotlight on finding time for our own ‘self-care’ with the Lord, and how important it is for our health and wellbeing,” said Pastor Karmen Jamison of the Wyoming United Methodist Church.  “I go to these events because they are always intellectually stimulating, spiritually uplifting, low-cost, high quality and close to home,” added Pastor Gary Sneller, First Christian Church of Ottumwa, Iowa.

The general public is invited to attend the next Leadership Alliance event featuring Pastor Lillian Daniel and Pastor Martin Copenhaver, authors of This Odd and Wondrous Calling:  The Public and Private Lives of Two Pastors.  A wonderful blend of comedy and storytelling with reflections on theology, scripture and traditional family values, the book is described by Amazon as “both serious and fun and is ideal for those who are considering the ministry or who want a better understanding of their own minister’s life.”   The public presentation entitled “The Care and Feeding of Pastors” will be held Monday, April 8, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Vermeer Global Pavilion Arena (2110 Vermeer Road East, Pella). You are encouraged to attend, and invite your friends, family, pastors and peers to this unique event, free of charge.  

Area pastors and church leaders are invited to return to the Pavilion on Tuesday, April 9, for a daylong seminar led by Daniel and Copenhaver.  They will be speaking in four sessions on the theme of “This Odd and Wondrous Calling – The key questions every Pastor must consider.”  This event requires a $25 registration fee.  The Vermeer Charitable Foundation is pleased to offer both of these events; more information can be found at www.vermeer.com, Vermeer Extra Mile, Vermeer Charitable Foundation, Leadership Alliance.

The Vermeer Charitable Foundation vision is to be an agent of God’s resources, a witness and a servant on key projects locally, regionally and worldwide to bring God honor and praise.  Established in the mid-1950s, the VCF is guided by the Vermeer 4P Philosophy – a focus on people, products and profit built on a strong foundation of Biblical principles such as striving for excellence, honesty, stewardship of resources and honoring the Golden Rule, “Do for others what you want them to do for you.”  The Foundation, lead by a Board of Directors made up of ten members representing three generations of the Gary Vermeer and Harry Vermeer families, comes together with Vermeer Corporation in “helping our world work” (II Corinthians 8:7).