Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! In 2020, the Lord continues to do AMAZING things in my life personally and in the life of the Ministry I now serve! After 13 years of pastoring "Covenant Baptist Church," the Lord accomplished a transition, closing Covenant and establishing, "Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland, Inc.!" I am honored to serve as the Senior Pastor. You can read about this miraculous journey at www.rmgrcle.org.
The Word of God declares, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy path." (Proverbs 3:5-6) This has been and continues to be my life testimony and guiding word of wisdom. Through prayer, faith and perseverance, all things are possible!
Do you know the Lord for yourself? Have you discerned God's will for your life? I invite you to check out my weekly blog, Shepastor where we share words of wisdom, encouragement, education and inspiration based upon God's Holy Word. If you live in the Greater Cleveland area, come and visit Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland, Inc. where we are "Revived, Renewed and Restored through Christ!"
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Pastor Chris Invited to Teach Master Class: "When God Sends Women..."
On three consecutive Mondays, November 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 2020, Pastor Chris was invited to teach the Master Class, "When God Sends Women." Women from across America and parts of Africa came together to listen, learn and share! Dear Sisters, Rev. Jewel M. London and Rev. Dr. Carol L. Patterson extended the invitation for the classes to be shared on their ministry platforms, "Let's Talk," and the radio program, "Free Your Mind." The class was based upon Pastor Chris' book, Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling: Equipping and Encouraging Female Pastors (Judson Press, 2013).
The class sessions focused upon the barriers that women called to become senior pastors continue to face in the 21st century, best practices on how to navigate and overcome those barriers and the critical role that "allies and power brokers" play in expanding opportunities for women.
Additionally, participants and advocates of women in ministry were invited to make contributions to the newly established "Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling" Endowment, which will offer two, $5,000 grants annually to African American Women senior pastors, pastoring congregations of 300 or less and are struggling. To read more about the endowment and the class, click here (November 18th, 2020 blog article)
Pastor Chris Invited to Serve as a Panelist for the National Association of Black Journalists...
On Saturday, November 21st, Pastor Chris was honored to serve as a panelist for the National Association of Black Journalists. The timely panel discussion was entitled, "Social Justice from the Pulpit." Topics covered included: factors shaping the social justice views of panelists, distinctions between majority culture views of the Church's role concerning discussions and actions of justice and the historical Black Church, "push back" encountered by clergy from their congregations as they engaged in social justice dialogue and actions and suggestions we have for Black Journalists covering social justice topics. The Panel Moderator was Ms. Carol Daniel, President of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalist. The distinguished panelists including Pastor Chris were Bishop Geoffrey V. Dudley, Sr., Founding, Senior Pastor of New Life in Christ, Interdenominational Church, O'Fallon, IL, and Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.
About The National Association of Black Journalists:
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit, www.nabj.org.
Pastor Chris with her family:
Daughter Aris, Sons, Aristide III and Caleb, Husband, "1st Gentleman," Aristide Smith, Jr.
Prayers for our Nation and our World...
As we continue to face the pain and suffering caused, not only by the world wide pandemic, but by deep divisions, social injustices, "isms" and inequities, help us to face our individual and collective sins, repent and turn. May we see your image in our faces and treat each other with love, respect and humanness. Help us to listen, learn, repent, forgive and heal. Give us wisdom and discernment as we face the Corona Virus Pandemic. Help us to honor the guidance of scientists and medical professionals, wear our masks, cleanse our hands, keep socially distant and do all we can to walk in wisdom. Remember all of those who have lost loved ones, jobs, opportunities, and hope. Please supply our needs, comfort our hearts and strengthen our spirits. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
A Word from the Pastor…
The season of Advent is upon us. During this season we reflect upon the “coming” of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Has His birth, life, death, resurrection and anticipation of His second coming changed your life? This year, may God’s greatest gift of all, JESUS mean more than Christmas gifts, ornaments and trees. May the hope, peace, joy and love of Advent deepen our appreciation for God’s gift – Jesus and may we embrace His word and will in our lives.
Smith Family interviewed by Action 19 News to discuss "The Talk" Black Families must have with their Children..."
"What it means to be black in America? 2 different families with the same message" On July 17th, 2020, that was the question two families were asked regarding race in America, law enforcement and obvious inequities. Following the tragic and unlawful death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN at the hands of police officers, African American families, once again were reminded of the need for necessary conversations with their children, particularly their sons.
Pastor Chris, along with her husband, Aristide Smith, Jr., her sons, Aristide Smith, III and Caleb, and their daughter Aris were interviewed by Channel 19 News Anchor, Ms. Tiffany Tucker to discuss the issue. To read about the interview and to hear the personal testimonies of both families, click here...
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