But recently in Argentina, the development of Christian leaders took on added urgency.
On the first day of the Global Leadership Summit in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, the streets of this incredible city were flooded with hundreds of thousands of protestors demanding change in their country. These protestors were calling for an end to government corruption, an end to violence an end to social inequality.
Against the backdrop of unrest in the streets of the city, I huddled up with the local leaders of the Global Leadership Summit to discuss the implications for the Summit, and for Argentina.
One thing was clear. This GLS was now taking on a heightened sense of purpose.
The GLS organizers put it this way; “True, lasting, God-honoring change will not come from the protests in the streets. It would come through the local church being led by transformed, equipped leaders.”
When Christian leaders live transformed lives, and are sacrificially committed to both God’s call on their lives and the churches they lead, a ripple effect results. These churches seize their God-given calling and mobilize themselves as agents of change into a broken world.
As this GLS unfolded there was a palpable sense of resolve that each leader must take personal responsibility to lead change that would ultimately honor God, and transform Argentina.
Towards the end of the GLS the host pastor addressed the leaders and asked them to make a list of words that described Argentina that currently exists. Words like “crime”, “pollution” and “social injustice” were used.
Then he asked the leaders to use words to describe the Argentina they want to see. Words like “safe”, “integrity” and “clean” were used.
Then the people prayed and committed themselves before God to leverage their leadership influence to bring about such change.
At the end of the event it was clear that this had been a clarion call for Christian leaders to “step up” and to commit their leadership to transform their churches, their communities, and ultimately their country.
How are you seeing God leveraging your leadership to spark change in your world?