And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Deuteronomy 31:4 (KJV)
And the LORD shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed.
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Refuge CMI Ministry Training Institute
Refuge CMI provides valuable training opportunities here in the USA and on the mission field. Below are courses we offer in the USA for those wishing to be more effective ministers in their local church and to prepare for the mission field. Also listed below are courses we offer on the missions field for indigenous pastors and workers to help them be more effective in leading their congregations in spreading the Good News.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES - U.S.
"Discover Your Giftedness"
Everyone is divinely designed! The Bible tells us we are fearfully and wonderfully made," Psalms 139:14. Everyone is gifted with a certain way of thinking, feeling and acting unique to them. You are a gifted individual! Each of us has a unique personality that make us special. As we learn what our primary personality characteristics are, we can better relate to our spouse, our family, our co-workers, and our church family. Your effectiveness in all areas of your life, including your ministry, will increase.
Then as you learn which spiritual ministry gifts you have been blessed with, and how they are connected to your primary personality style, you will be able to more effectivly minister in the areas of ministry God has called you to.
This 6 hour workshop will provide you with the insights to accomplish these things in your life, ministry and family.
"Preparing For the Mission Field"
This one day 6 hour video training workshop is key to preparing you for the mission field. There are many things you should never do when visiting another culture as a missionary. This workshop covers this and many other issues important to the short-term and long-term missionary. This workshop utilizes the "Go Prepared" video series.
"Witnessing Effectively To Cult Members"
The cults are very diligent (much more so than many Christians) in trying to get you to accept their false doctrines. They spend many hours going door to door trying to confuse the people of God into coming into their fold. This 6 hour workshop gives you an overview of what each cult believes, and how to effectively share with them the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
"Reaching Your World"
"Out of our seats and into His streets...while we still have time!" What do I need to know in order to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ to my friends, neighbors and family? This 2 hour workshop will give you some of the methods you can learn to be an effective witness for Christ every day. We also cover the non-verbal witness.
"Effective Church Leadership"
There are certain aspects and characteristics of an effective leader in any organization or company. This is also just as true in the ministries in which we serve. If you are a ministry leader, or aspire to be one, this 4 hour workshop will give you the tools and skills to develop to be an effective leader where God has called you.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES - FOREIGN MISSION FIELD
INTRODUCTION: For $75.00 per pastor, we can go to a country and train a group of indigenous pastors, many of whom have never had any formal Bible school training, on the subjects shown below. They then are able to use these tools to minister to their congregations and communities, thereby effectively multiplying the fruits of our efforts many times over, and making the best use of your $75.00 donation. Won't you consider sponsoring a pastor by donating below:
A review of the origin of God's Word (how we got it), the chronology of the books of the Bible, a review of each book, and the scarlet thread of redemption that runs from Genesis through Revelation; where God shows His plan for our redemption. This 3 day workshop traces the scarlet thread of redemption imparted to mankind by a loving Heavenly Father.
"Basic Bible Doctrines"
A review of the basic Bible doctrines that all Christian denominations accept and believe in.
"What the Cults Teach"
The cults are not just here in the U.S. They are also in the countries we visit teaching their false doctrines and causing confusion as well. This workshop is for indigenous pastors and leaders to help them understand the cults' teachings and how to protect their people from these false doctrines.
"Effective Church Leadership"
What does effective church leadership look like in Haiti, etc? This pastor's workshop covers effective leadership for the pastor, and also, how to recognize the leaders in their churches, and train them to be effective leaders in their church.
Integrity is important in business, and even more so in the Church. In America we have seen many ministries flounder and even fail due to lack of integrity. It is important to be aware of certain areas that can trip up a ministry or church and this workshop provides those insights to the indigenous ministry. Areas covered include finances, the pastor's/leader's marriage, staff conflicts. etc.
"James: Living Victoriously In Faith"
James provides valuable insights in how to live the Christian life above the circumstances we find ourselves in.