Raising Leaders

RAISING LEADERS

DEVELOPING LEADERS – CORE TO OUR VISION

One of World Outreach International’s five focuses is “raising leaders”. Consequently WOI is committed to the training, equipping and mobilisation of pastors and leaders across the developing world for ministry and mission.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Since 1978, World Outreach International (WOI) has conducted pastors and leaders’ seminars in the developing world. Well over 100,000 leaders have attended one or more of these training events in Asia, Africa, Indian sub-continent, Middle East and the South Pacific.

WHY DO WE TRAIN LEADERS?

Firstly, pastors and leaders in the developing world are often untrained or have limited Bible knowledge or ministry skills to lead their local churches, however they love God deeply and are passionately committed to the Kingdom of God. The cry for relevant training from these leaders across the world is staggering in size and scale.

One of the foundational ways in which leaders can be developed is through intentional, focused and contextually-relevant leadership training.

Secondly, WOI recognises that conventional missionaries are not going to be able to accomplish the massive task of reaching the Least Reached People (LRP) groups alone. The answer is to equip and mobilise the Church in the developing world to reach out to near neighbour people groups with whom they share an affinity of culture, ethnicity or language.

This, too, can only be accomplished through the ongoing development of leaders who will be equipped to mobilise their churches for mission.

INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

HillsThe Leadership Development Ministry of WOI is led by Bruce Hills. Bruce’s primary role is to direct the leadership development initiatives and events in strategic mission centres.

In July 2010, Bruce, an Australian by birth, joined the WOI team as International Leadership Development Director. He came to WOI from a pastoral background of 28 years and brings a wealth of experience and wisdom. From 2000-2009 Bruce pastored one of the largest churches in Australia.

OUR TARGET

The seminars are run for two different demographics. The first is pastors and the second is emerging leaders (aged 18-35). In some countries, both groups are targets but in other places it is one or the other.

WOI is committed to go back and work with the same group of people for 3-5 years, depending on the context. 3-day seminars are run once a year in each location. This is why the partnership with key local leaders is crucial: it means the information shared at the seminar will have an ongoing application.

Does WOI do its own thing or does it work with existing ministries and/or movements?

WOI values partnership. In regard to leadership development, WOI partners with key leaders or missionaries in the respective nations. WOI seeks to serve what is already taking place in the nation without being aligned with any particular denomination.

How are the topics determined?

Wherever possible, Bruce always conducts an exploratory trip of potential nations before conducting a seminar. The purposes of the visit are to: meet WOI personnel and key national leaders, ascertain leadership training needs and set dates for future training seminars. As best he can, Bruce tries to understand their unique cultural and leadership challenges so he can determine the best speakers and topics.

Is there a set curriculum?

No. Every nation’s leadership training needs are different, so (after consultation with local leaders) the topics are tailored for the particular context.

Is there only a single seminar or is there ongoing development?

WOI is committed to go back and work with the same group of people for 3-5 years, depending on the context. 3-day seminars are run once a year in each location. This is why the partnership with key local leaders is crucial: it means the information shared at the seminar will have an ongoing application.

How are the target nations chosen?

WOI applies a number of criteria in determining which nations to target for leadership training seminars:

  • Large numbers of LRP groups in the nation or surrounding nations
  • WOI has a presence or a key partner in the nation
  • WOI has the expertise to be able to help the specific leadership training needs
  • The leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit (e.g. Macedonian call in Acts 16:9-10).

Or the nation has a strong church and has the potential to ‘send’ out missionaries.

What are the goals of the leadership training seminars?

  • To develop the emerging generation of leaders
  • To equip pastors and leaders with skills to develop their leadership and grow their churches
  • To develop ‘trainers’ in these strategic locations
  • To encourage, strengthen and minister to pastors and leaders
  • To inspire, equip and mobilise churches for cross-cultural ministry (especially to LRP’s).

The ultimate goal is to equip and mobilise the church to grow prevailing churches and mobilise them for effective cross-cultural missions.

How are the seminars funded?

In the majority of countries, the pastors and leaders who attend do not have the financial means to cover the costs, so WOI raises sponsorship to fund the seminars. The seminars operate because of the faithful and generous giving of people, churches and businesses. The sponsorship works out about an average of US$ 50-75 per leader, per seminar. This cost covers their transportation, meals, accommodation and notes. In addition, the costs for Bruce’s flights and expenses also have to be raised.

Are the seminars exclusively for teaching or is there opportunity for ministry?

The seminars are primarily focussed on leadership development, but time is taken in every seminar to minister to each one by preaching and the laying on of hands.

TRAINERS

Aside from Bruce, the seminar speakers include recognised, experienced and respected local and international pastors and leaders.

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