Something Wonderful in the Northeast

Pictured from left: Mark Marchak, Antonio DeLazerda, Gershwin Grant

Something wonderful is growing in the Northeast, but you may not know about it yet!  God has been quietly reaping a harvest among the Quechua people who have settled in our region, through the ministry of Missions Door and the work of men like Antonio DeLazerda, Aurelio Cruz and Mark Marchak.

The Quechua are Indians who hail from the Andes Mountains in South America.  They are the largest remaining American Indian group in the world. They primarily live in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia. Within the larger Quechua affinity are multiple Quechua people groups that speak their own unique dialects.

God has given Antonio DeLazerda a special ministry to the Quechua people.  Without fanfare and with few resources, Antonio has successfully planted churches in multiple locations throughout New England and New York.

I was recently privileged to be a part of the opening ceremony of a new Quechua congregation in Spring Valley, New York.  I joined Antonio and Mark as the Iglesia Evangelica Jesus El Buen Pastor was inaugurated.  It was a beautiful, colorful, Spirit-filled ceremony that combined traditional Quechua customs and pageantry with a powerful evangelical message.

Missions Door has appointed Aurelio Cruz to be the New Church Networker for the new Quechua churches that God continues to plant in our region.  Aurelio has a deep respect for our Conservative Baptist values, and will immerse the pastors and their congregations in CB history and practice.  Aurelio will work in coordination with the Mission Northeast board liaison to ensconce the churches in the CB family.  These churches will benefit from the networking and resources that Mission Northeast is establishing.

The Quechua church movement provides a unique opportunity for our member churches to invest in a powerful movement taking place in God’s kingdom.  If you are interested in supporting the Quechua church planting movement, you can contact Mark Marchak at Missions Door or contact me.

Rev. Dr. Gershwin Grant:

 Mark Marchak’s contact information :


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Leadership Learning Communities

Books stack2015 Leadership Learning Community (LLC) Meetings

We have three more Leadership Learning Community meetings for 2015.  We have heard repeatedly how beneficial these meetings have been for pastors and church leaders that have attended.

Read Steve Murray’s Experience Here

If you have been participating in the LLC’s for the last 7 months we will assume you are participating again unless you notify us otherwise by August 3rd.

You always have the option of participating in the LLC and purchasing the books yourself as means of supporting the region.

If you have not yet participated in the Leadership Learning Community, but would like to join these last three meetings for 2015, please contact Stan Rieb at or 303-746-8844 for more information.

Unless otherwise noted all LLC’s begin at 10 am and conclude by 3pm.

Paul Borden will be facilitating the following LLC’s during the weeks of September 14-16, October 12-14, November 16-18

Monday – 9/14, 10/12 and 11/16- Immanuel Baptist, New Hartford, NY

Tuesday – 9/15, 10/13 and 11/17 – Randall Church, Williamsville, NY (Buffalo area)

Note that the Tuesday Randall Church LLC begins at 9:30 am and concludes by 2:00 pm

Wednesday – 9/16, 10/14 and 11/18 – Levittown Baptist Church, Levittown, NY

Stan Rieb will be facilitating the following LLC’s the weeks of September 14-17, October 12-15, November 16-19

Monday – 9/14, 10/12 and 11/16 – United Baptist, Old Town, ME

Tuesday – 9/15, 10/13 and 11/17 – First Baptist Church, Brewster, NY

Wednesday – 9/16, 10/14 and 11/18 – Faith Baptist Church, Auburn, MA

Thursday – 9/17, 10/15 and 11/19 – Trinity Baptist Church, Nashua, NH

Again, unless otherwise noted, all LLC’s begin at 10 am and conclude by 3pm.

The books for the upcoming months are as follows:

September’s Book –   The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated by James Emery White In this hard-hitting examination of our churches’ current evangelism methods, which often result only in transfer growth–Christians moving from one church to another–rather than in reaching the nones, James Emery White calls us to discover the mission field right outside our doors.

October’s Books –     Crucial Conversation & Crucial Confrontations by Patterson, Grenny & McMillan– When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, you have three choices: Avoid a crucial conversation and suffer the consequences; handle the conversation badly and suffer the consequences; or read Crucial Conversations and discover how to communicate best when it matters most.

Crucial Confrontations teaches skills drawn from over 20,000 hours of real-life observations to increase confidence in facing tough issues. Learn to:

  • Permanently resolve failed promises and missed deadlines
  • Transform broken rules and bad behaviors into productive accountability
  • Strengthen relationships while solving problems

When you learn how to handle crucial confrontations, everything gets better.

November’s Book –   The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick M. Lencioni – Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified.  Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave.

We need to hear from you as soon as possible if you will be participating in in the LLC’s during September, October or November.  As soon as we receive confirmation of your participation we will order the books for the LLC’s.

Contact Stan Rieb at or 303-746-8844 for more information.