Transforming Grace: The Power of Impartation
The more I travel, the more I conclude that there is no lack of leadership training and teaching materials in the developing world. In an age of online learning, more people than ever have access to books, courses and conferences.
We are not lacking in information. What we lack is impartation.
This is why one of the most important distinctives of the Leader of Leaders Course is the focus on generational leadership (2 Tim 2:2).
Much of today’s leadership training is focussed on self-development and personal advancement. Yet, biblically, leadership is to be passed from one generation to another in multiplying circles. We pass on not only principles of leadership, but our experience and lessons we have learned from generations before us of the grace of God redeeming even our hurts and apparent failures for His glory.
On our recent trip to Sri Lanka, I witnessed first-hand the power of impartation over information. While teaching I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to share my own testimony of how God has redeemed a broken, insecure young woman and is making my life a Trophy of Grace. In the final session we laid hands on every person attending, listening to the Holy Spirit as we prayed for them.
At the end of the seminar, several leaders stood to testify that prior to this course they believed that the shame and mistakes of their pasts were irrecoverable and life-determining. Yet each proclaimed that as I shared, and as we prayed over them, God spoke to them specifically and personally. They discovered grace – not as a theological concept, but as an empowering, healing reality. God has freed them to lead, and inspired them to identify, equip and release the generations after them.
This is the difference between information and impartation. Information does not transform; the Holy Spirit does. This is why we take time to lay hands on every person who attends a seminar. This is why we share our own testimonies, and stories of men and women of God who are used despite their failures and weaknesses. As we partner with the Holy Spirit, we find leaders all over the world willing to surrender their lives into the hands of a God whose grace is sufficient!
Karen is the Leader of Leaders Program Facilitator for World Outreach International, and an ordained pastor with Australian Christian Churches. She has been training leaders for over 25 years. Her focus with WOI is on equipping and mobilising the emerging generation, so that they are not merely great leaders in their own generation, but raise generations of leaders in the pattern of Christ who will impact our world for His glory for many generations to come.