Rio de Vida Assembly of God began as an outreach and church plant from Calvary Assembly of God to the Spanish community in the area in and around Lakewood, New Jersey. It was led from the beginning by Ston and Rose George.
Pastors Ston and Rose were trained with The LTI System in the first LTI leadership institute at Calvary Lighthouse and they quickly initiated the same leadership training program at Rio de Vida. Over the last 5 years they have experienced nearly 400-500% growth in the Spanish church. The George’s attribute much of that to the leadership and personal development learned through LTI.
The students developed their skills by utilizing LTI’s five measurements: 1) Giving oral presentations, 2) Attending the training event, 3) Reading the module book, 4) Writing a response paper, and 5) Completing the take home exam. Lessons were taught in English and Spanish.
This year members of Rio de Vida were trained as Mobile Advanced Instructors and are continuing the LTI institute.
Members of the Rio de Vida congregation have been raised up through the years to positions of leadership and now have become qualified as pastoral leaders.
They will be assuming the Pastoral roles at Rio de Vida as Pastors Ston and Rose George move on to plant a new church in a nearby town.
Rio de Vida has focused on developing the ministry of married couples, growing together in leadership in the church.
We at LTI are blessed by the partnership with Rio de Vida and their team and look forward to many years of growth together. Pastors Ston and Rose and the leaders of Rio de Vida and the new River of Life church are a valued part of the LTI extended family.