Video from Michael Jr Comedy
What gift can you share with others this week?
Video from Michael Jr Comedy
What gift can you share with others this week?
The GLS in Lusaka, Zambia touched leaders from different walks of life. Hearts were pierced by the words of the speakers: “Don’t die with a hidden vision”, “Step out in faith”, “Care for your troops”, and “Pick up the towel and serve”. Concluded by the reading of 1 Cor. 15:58 from Andy Stanley, a sense of brokenness, humility, and hope filled the room. “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
The GLS in Jaffna, Sri Lanka had 275 pre-registrations and by the time of the event 400 people showed up. Leaders attended hungry for this kind of training, traveling under difficult conditions—some traveling from an underdeveloped war zone. Impact is expanding on this small island as the GLS keeps growing.
350 leaders attended the GLS in Haiti this year. Despite technical obstacles, people still experienced God moving in their hearts. Local speaker, Daniel Rouzier, received a standing ovation for his talk, The “Love” Qualities of a Servant Leader. He addressed topical issues of the Haitian people, including faith in business and race relations—as well as the causes of failure in brilliant minds. Leaders left challenged and empowered to bring new energy to their ministries by working together.
Celebrating the 7th year of the GLS in Indonesia, 560 leaders came eager to grow and be challenged. As a result of the offering taken at the event, the GLS team was able to gift 100 Team Edition DVDs to under-resourced pastors in need of training. Leaders left with a unified vision to reach their country for Christ where Christians are the minority in a predominately Muslim nation.
The GLS in Lithuania has more than doubled in the past 4 years. Beginning with 300 guests in one location, the GLS is now reaching over 800 attendees at two sites. It is the largest annual leadership event in Lithuania and is attended by leaders in government, business, social organizations and leaders from most church denominations. Because of the evident impact of the GLS, Lithuania launched a monthly leadership club where 266 people are already involved. The church is being revived, encouraged and united.
100 leaders attended the first GLS in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Colin Powell’s session was particularly powerful in this tribal culture as he addressed issues of racism. Leaders learned that in order for Zimbabwe to be great, it is necessary to work with the most capable people regardless of tribe, color, or creed. Many attendees committed to bring the GLS to other leaders in 2014 recognizing the importance to mobilize more people to experience this kind of training.
It was the best year yet for the GLS in Lilongwe, Malawi. For the first time ever, the GLS was able to get free airtime on national television as well as the Transworld Radio program, “Lead Where You Are.” With the high demand for this GLS, the event was moved to a larger venue to accommodate the growing number of attendees. Over 200+ guests engaged with the training and learned to address the needs of their churches and communities.
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I prayed to the Lord and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. -Psalm 34:4-6
Please continue to pray for Liberia, Jordan, Brazil, Korea, Belarus, Guatemala, Macedonia, North America, Romania, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Mexico. These countries are holding GLS events this week.
Impact of the GLS on Alexandre Terra; Military Police official
“I’ve been following the GLS for several years, but never attended. This year I felt I had to attend to hear a specific word. It was fantastic. I am leaving with a lot of hope and clarity for what God wants to do through me for the city of Sao Paolo. Sao Paolo is like a country; it has 12 million people. There are a lot of churches. There are a lot of Christians. What worries me is lack of unity among the churches. The GLS has been contributing towards the unity of church here, but I believe it can still do a lot more. First of all, its important that leaders know each other. And more specifically, it’s important that leaders come together by segments; as policemen, as teachers, those who work in government and so on. If we want to be the hope for these areas in our society we need to help each of these segments.
The way the GLS can help is by stimulating leaders within each of these segments. It can draw these leaders together and help their networks grow in their understanding of what they need to do to bring change. And not only just get to know each other, but the GLS can really help us to build networks of those who want to make a real difference. We need to think and process together; we must be united to build a strategy to bring change. I believe the GLS can help us do that. Many of our leaders make strategies that are only inward focused, just looking at the needs of his or her own organization, and not focusing on the larger community where they serve.
My hope is that the GLS will bring these leaders together stimulating them to see a larger vision for the community around them. Together we can share talents, resources and visions.
Now I am going to apply this to our policemen in Soa Paulo. Here the military police oversee 645 areas with 45,000 total officers. So with the GLS I want to bring together a network of these police officers and develop them into agents who can transform their communities. I’ve had this dream for many years, but now with the GLS we can move forward with this and unleash these leaders to make a difference in their communities. I know the Summit can accelerate this. It will enable us to network these people together and mobilize them.” –Alexandre Terra
The GLS in Pakistan
We are grateful for the success of the GLS in Pakistan and God’s protection and peace over it. 310 pastors and leaders from different denominations and backgrounds attended this year. The teaching from each session impacted leaders in a mighty way. They experienced many God moments that encouraged and inspired them as they lead in the reality of oppression and persecution. 18 volunteers came together from eight different churches to help make the GLS happen. Praise God for the opportunity to hold the GLS in Pakistan…what a gift it is for Christian leaders here.
Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. -Psalms 95:1-2
Continue to Pray…
Post from Engage International
Starting something new can be scary, even daunting at times—but with the right team it can also be one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences of your leadership career.
Unfortunately, chances are that at some point you’ve been part of a launch that went horribly, horribly wrong. The right people weren’t consulted. The team didn’t understand the change. And, a few bridges were burned in the process.
So, what’s the secret to launching well?
As a team that helps churches launch technology initiatives that support discipleship, we’ve observed that the secret to a well-done launch isn’t always in your vision, cash flow, or leadership charisma. Those things help, but at the end of the day, the key is the work of the team that surrounds the idea and gives it life.
It’s simple—leaders who launch new things well build teams that launch new things well.
The life-givers to your cause need a vision to anchor around. They also need an introduction to the new idea, a sense of who is responsible and how “success” will be gauged. The team might also need some training to support your new objectives, as well as implementation plans with actual dates.
Don’t lose these essential, practical elements within your launch, but don’t neglect intangible qualities that surround this framework. Like skin on bones, certain team qualities can create protection and a seamless unity to the work at hand. They are really what make your ministry or organization launch a new initiative well.
1. Identify A Strategic Player. The teams that gain the most traction have someone who thinks strategically, and can help the team consider a variety of ways to adopt the new initiative (or tool) into their overall strategy. This person may play a variety of roles within an organization, and may not even be leading the initiative. Their strategic input is key and will serve the team well.
2. Bring Unity Of Vision. The teams who come out of training with the most clear vision, next steps and energy are the ones who involve leaders from every area of the church or organization. The leader offers clear overall direction, but gives space for each manager and team to imagine how the new initiative can be helpful for their area of responsibility. Instead of one more thing for that manager to support, it becomes a support to help that leader accomplish his or her goals.
3. Be Learners. Teams who adapt well are open to new ideas, and love to learn. They are not only willing to learn from others, but also seek out new information.
4. Know Your Environment. While learning from others is valuable, a new initiative is someone else’s idea, until you make it your own. Agile teams are eager to learn, but equally eager to re-shape the idea to fit their environment. This adaptation is key to a successful initiative.
5. Create Ownership. A successful team is able to identify what needs to happen between now and launch, clearly identify who is responsible, and put a goal date with the key action step. This also enables the team to celebrate small progress along the way and keep all parts moving simultaneously.
6. Take The Long View. While taking those early incremental steps, the most successful teams are able to see down the road. This may not come naturally for all teams, but the ones who succeed are disciplined to ask the question…What will happen in six months, a year or three years? How will we need to adjust? Seeing the long-term vision through is also essential to building trust as a team. If not, you run the risk of vision whiplash, or fatigue, when all the consecutive “visions” are moving so quickly that no one actually has a chance to see them fully implemented. The most successful teams balance this tension of the here and now with hopes for the future.
As you head into 2014, what new initiatives are you considering?
Which of these six ideas could you take action on right now, in order to create a healthy, thriving environment once it’s time to launch?
Engage International is a team of church leaders, problem solvers, researchers, programmers, web developers, and communicators who love the church and care deeply about spiritual transformation. They recently left their bright orange offices in South Barrington, IL to travel to places like Colorado, Indiana, Texas, New York City, and Toronto to work alongside thriving local churches as they launch new spiritual growth tools that help their people deepen their relationships with Jesus.