Category Archives: Leadership

Be the Church: Virtually Meeting Amid COVID-19

“and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

As we continue to battle COVID-19, we know that now more than ever how important it is to Be The Church to each other. We need to continue to maintain smart social distancing as a way to love our neighbors, family and friends, as well as a way to continue battling this disease. Fortunately, today’s technology allows us to continue meeting together, while not being physically together. 

The CCEM Team wants to provide some virtual resources for you as opportunities to continue meeting together in a safe, socially distant way while at home.

  1. CCEM Bible Studies/Prayer Groups – Many of our Bible Study and Prayer Groups continue to meet virtually through various platforms. If interested, please contact one of our study leads to get the latest virtual meeting information. (Visit Bible Studies/Prayer Groups Page)
    • Alpha has also moved to a weekly prayer call during our time off campus. To get connected with the Alpha prayer call, please contact Garrett Shaw or goto/Alpha.
  1. Local Churches – Many local churches are currently broadcasting their sermons live on Sundays, as well as hosting small groups and ministry events virtually during the week. Check our Churches list for links to various local churches that members of our community are connected with. Visit church websites for opportunities to connect virtually.
  1. Grace Center of Spiritual Development – GCSD is a local organization that offers Bible Studies, Leadership Training, Devotionals, and Podcasts for free. GCSD is promoting a new 2 week live virtual study on Habakkuk starting next Wednesday, April 8th at lunch (information here); as well as a 3 week virtual Biblical Leadership Seminar Series Starting Tuesday March 31, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (information here). View previous GCSD content and more at Grace Center of Spiritual Development Website
  1. Toolbox Lunch – Toolbox Lunches are having a virtual meeting on April 1 with their Executive Director. Learn more about the event here and more about Toolbox Lunches from their website
  1. Christians in Commerce – CIC is an organization focused on bringing Christ into the workplace. The have a library of stories of how individuals have reflected Christ at work. Visit their Christ Alive! Testimonies Webpage.
  1. Pope Francis’s Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis delivers an extraordinary blessing “To the City and to the World” on Friday to pray for an end to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. In his meditation, the Pope reflects on Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” See more here.

Do you have more virtual resources? Visit the CCEM Facebook Page or Yammer Page and share! Stay Safe!

  • The CCEM Team

Virtual Biblical Leadership Series 2020: Grace Center of Spiritual Development

An extension of the Biblical Leadership Conference held in February, this 3-part series will help you examine closely the lives and leadership styles of six biblical leaders: Moses, Joseph, Nehemiah, David, Deborah, and Elijah.

Get a modern perspective and application from our speakers who come from a variety of leadership backgrounds including the marketplace, church, and the academe. 

For more information, or to register, visit

This Seminar Series is part of the Grace Center of Spiritual Development

Virtual Toolbox Lunch With Executive Director Tom Douthit will be live streaming on the Worldwide Web Wednesday, April 1st at 11:30 AM.

We will be interviewing Toolbox’s New Director Tom Douthit live from Grace School of Theology’s Online Classroom.

Tom Douthit is the Executive Director of Toolbox Ministries which is dedicated to helping men move from success to significance and discover how faith in Jesus Christ affects every area of a man’s life.

To join the meeting on a computer or mobile phone:

Meeting ID: 227 133 289

Phone Dial-in
+1.888.748.9073 (United States)
Global Numbers:

Prior to his role with Toolbox,
Tom served for 31 years as a pastor with BridgePoint Bible Church in Houston (formerly Spring Branch Community Church).

Tom is a longtime Houston resident having graduated from Memorial High School, Texas A&M and Dallas Theological Seminary. Tom has been married to Celia (a Houston native) for 35 years. Celia serves as School Nurse at Bunker Hill Elementary in the Spring Branch School District. Tom and Celia have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren, all living and working in Houston.

This will be a virtual interview with Tom on the direction and future of the Toolbox Luncheons via BlueJeans Videoconference and FACEBOOK LIVE!

As you might not know we have recently added The Woodlands to the luncheon schedule.

This will make a fourth monthly gathering opportunity in the greater Houston area.

Learn More About Toolbox Lunches

Visit Facebook Event Page here:

Catholic Faith Study – Making Sense Out of Suffering

Dear Catholic Faith Study Friends,
Our next topic will be on the subject of suffering (3 classes, maybe 4, not sure how quickly we will get through the material) based on the book written by Peter Kreeft, “Making Sense Out of Suffering.”
In these lessons we will cover the deep and profound questions we have such as the following:
• Why do I have to suffer?
• If God is all-powerful and all-loving then why does he permit evil to exist?
• Does my suffering have meaning?
• Why do bad things happen to me?
• What is the answer to all these questions about suffering?

When: Thursdays: February 20th, 27th and March 5th

I will send the class notes to the meeting group. Hope you can join us in person or on Skype!

People of all faiths are welcome!

Contact Henry Avila ( to be added to the distribution list.

Biblical Leadership Conference 2020

Organizational culture plays an integral role in the organizational success of a company, and The Newton Group Corp was born out of the calling to develop people and instill best practices at the workplace. Faith in God is one of their core values, and they genuinely believe that it’s important when facing difficulties towards career development.

Know more about organizational culture and career development at the Biblical Leadership conference February 8th, 2020 at Faith Bible Church.

Discover and learn practical and biblical leadership principles that you can apply today.

Don’t miss this chance to spiritually develop yourself and be the leader God wants you to be.

See you there!

The event can be found on Facebook here.

Click here to register

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Asymmetrical Leadership


Integrating your Professional, Personal and Spiritual life


The Host Committee and the Staff of CRU Houston/Leader Impact request the pleasure of your company as our guest for lunch on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Landry’s 1212 Lake Robbins Dr.

Because seating is limited, reservations are required.

R.S.V.P to 713.522.3314 by December 10th or Email


Speaker: Jeremy Moore

Jeremy Moore is the CEO and founder of Global Counterpoint. Global Counterpoint comes alongside developing nations and global businesses to facilitate trust relationships, expand economic opportunities and support regional stability.

Jeremy has served as an operational team member in elite special operations units throughout his military career, to include the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and 10th Special Forces Group.

His background includes leadership development, geopolitical and strategic coalition development and counter-terrorism expertise. As a member of the Special Operations Forces Community, Jeremy is adept and experienced in negotiating withing sensitive and complex cultural environments.

Jeremy has worked and traveled extensively throughout the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. He was specifically chosen to serve in positions of influence and leadership in this region due to his extensive understanding not only of the geopolitical challenges there, but of the implications of those challenges for the United States.

Jeremy will be speaking on these topics among others:

  • The Power of Small Empowered Teams
  • How To Remain Relevant in an Ever-changing Battlefield
  • Sense of Purpose and Mission Host Committee

Thank You Mark Albers!


On March 15th, 2018, Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation, Mark Albers, announced his retirement effective April 1st, 2018. Mark has served more than 38 years at ExxonMobil in various capacities both professionally and personally. In addition to the various contributions Mark has made to ExxonMobil as a company (you can read his professional biography here), some of Mark’s most significant contributions have been through the personal relationships he has developed with so many throughout his time at ExxonMobil.

While CCEM was still in the early phases of planning, Mark caught wind of the idea of the Christian Community at ExxonMobil and sought out our website to sign up. CCEM had not even been launched yet, but Mark wanted to ensure he was part of it. In fact, Mark is actually listed as member #1 on the CCEM members log as he technically signed up before any of the original organizers did! That is the type of spiritual leader that he is; his support and excitement from the beginning of CCEM encouraged and has continued to encourage our leadership team.

However, Mark has been heavily plugged into the Christian Community long before CCEM was even an idea. He has been consistently engaged in events at ExxonMobil like the Global Day of Prayer, Alpha, and Cru Houston (formerly Priority Associates). He has also served in his local church, and is on the Board of Trustees at Grace School of Theology. Mark has always made it a priority to be connected with brothers and sisters in Christ, both here at ExxonMobil, and in his local community.

We at CCEM have heard countless stories from you about how Mark has personally encouraged you through your interactions with him. He has always been warm, welcoming, a bright light for the Gospel of Jesus, and a great friend. Although Mark is retiring from Exxon Mobil (we will miss him), it is clear that his work for Christ is not over. We know that Mark will continue to show the love of Jesus, and to encourage the Body of Christ for many more years to come. (If you never got the opportunity to hear Mark share his personal testimony, we encourage you to check it out here)

Thank you Mark for all that you have done, and all that you continue to do. Congratulations on your retirement and good luck in the next phase of your ministry!

A Beacon of Light: Ed Glinka

Ed Glinka

Congratulations to our brother in Christ, Ed Glinka on his retirement with over 36 years of service with Exxon Mobil!

We also want to thank him for being a beacon of light in the community for many years! Check out the interview below to learn more about how Ed has been glorifying God in the workplace:

CCEM:  What parts of the organization have you worked in?

Ed: I have worked in Controller’s all my life but have worked for various groups.  I worked in the Downstream for EMRE and for Supply and Transportation.  I have worked in the Upstream for Exxon Company International  (ECI) in Florham Park, NJ in Financial Reporting and F&O preparation and in EMDC here in Houston in Drilling Financial Services, Process and Controls, and as Sr. Contracts Advisor.

CCEM: We know that you have blessed many people by sending out devotionals to your fellow interested co-workers each month. How long have you been sending out devotionals? 

Ed: I have sent out the devotions for the past 12 years here in Houston.  We also in Florham Park NJ had a Ministry called “Word of the Day” in which a volunteer would share a Scripture passage and provide some commentary on it.  This Word of the Day reached around the world and the distribution list got to well over 200 people! 

CCEM: Where did you get the idea to share devotional materials? 

Ed: I believe The Holy Spirit was moving me to do it.  I was reading and enjoying them and so I began to get this very strong sense that I should share them. 

CCEM: Have you found any additional ways to incorporate your faith in your workplace? 

Ed: I have my Bible at work which I read and have some religious things in my office.  They have at times created discussions (which I am so glad when that happens).  I also usually make it a practice to end my conversations with people by saying “God Bless.”  That at least gets the other person thinking about God…….and has also started conversations about God. 

CCEM: How has incorporating your faith in your work-life impacted you and your walk with the Lord? 

Ed: I believe it has strengthened it and increased my faith.  The more you share the Lord and His Word with others the stronger your faith becomes and the bolder you become.  But I am just like everyone else and have missed opportunities due to fear.  That is the one thing that I regret.  I shouldn’t have let fear get the better of me during those times when I didn’t share because of fear.

CCEM: Do you have any advice for your younger co-workers? 

Ed: Share their faith.  Don’t let fear get in the way.  God is Faithful and will bless you in your efforts to share.

CCEM: Anything else you would like to share? 

Ed: The four greatest ways to develop and strengthen your relationship with the Lord is to Pray daily and throughout the day, Attend Church and Receive Holy Communion weekly, and Read the Bible daily.  God will speak to your heart and your relationship with God will grow deeper and stronger which will encourage you to share the Gospel and speak about God to others. Just start by reading a page of the Bible a day or even half a page a day.   I strongly encourage everyone to do these things and they will see how God will speak to their heart and how He will work in their life.  God’s Blessings to all! Thanks be to God!

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