Many U.S. attendees don’t realize that The Global Leadership Summit has already started for our international guests.
The International Partner meetings launched yesterday. Behind-the-Scenes – 600 leaders from every country hosting the Summit converge on South Barrington for the live event. Prior to the conference, they receive training on how to build the leadership movement in their context. And – on Saturday – the week culminates in planning meetings where they select the sessions they will bring to their countries.
Yesterday, Bill Hybels addressed these international leaders with a message describing eight characteristics of leaders that we want to raise up out of the GLS.
- Spin a globe
- If you put your finger down on any country, there’s difficulty
- We’re in the business of raising up leaders to tackle those problems
WHAT KIND OF LEADERS DO WE WANT TO RAISE UP AT THE SUMMIT?
1) Leaders of Vision
– Not personality driven
– Leaders with visions from God for the good of others
2) Leaders of Passion
– Sleepy leaders don’t change the order of things
3) Leaders of Love
– Not driven by power or fame
– Self-sacrificing love is at the core of godly leadership
4) Leaders Committed to Ongoing Growth
– After conversion – most leaders get “second conversions”
– God convicts leaders to address different issues and causes
– Bill had second conversions around becoming global, poverty, race and diversity, kids with special needs, those who are incarcerated
5) Leaders Who Can Handle Complexity
– The connection between compassion, justice and politics
– Churches are good at compassion
– But some problems are entrenched and need legal solutions (justice) and possibly political solutions (politics)
– It takes confrontation to solve certain things
6) Leaders from Every Segment of Society
– The Summit used to be just for pastors
– Now we draw from church staff, business leaders, educational leaders, government leaders
– Changing the world is complicated and we need all leaders in the game
7) Leaders who Embrace Diversity
– So many problems in the world, at their core, stem from people who cannot embrace the “other”
– Mono-cultural solutions are not where the world is going nor what the Bible teaches
8) Leaders for the Long Haul
– At WCA, we enter into long-term relationships with our partners internationally and in the U.S.
– We stay in countries in which we lose money
– We teach sustainability physically, mentally, emotionally
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