The people pictured above attended training last year in Ethiopia; our teams are projecting to train over 3400 leaders in 2017! One way that you can help our ministry impact so many people is by volunteering with us. There are several roles for volunteers to work on projects that can expand the ministry. Would you be willing to volunteer in our office locally in Mansfield?
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We have learned over the 20 plus years of global ministry that our work requires proper balance and alignment around three key areas: strategy, staff, and support. We have have seen God doing some great work recently in each of these areas. He has brought some very talented and experienced staff to work with us around the globe. These individuals are committed to the faith-based ministry of globalLead and are trusting Him for their salaries and provision. Here we would like to share about the staff additions in the international office.
Lori Lower – Assistant to the Executive Director (right in the photo) – Lori comes to globalLead with decades of administrative experience at Ashland Theological Seminary. She will be working part-time here at the office assisting Chris and our globalLead teams.
Eric Byrom – Heart of the Leader Project Staff (center in the photo) – Eric has been involved for several years as a globalLead board member and has been a recipient of the Heart of the Leader ministry (via Pastors of Excellence). He has also assisted in mentoring in the Heart of the Leader in the Philippines in 2016 and plans to return in 2017. Eric is raising support to work part-time with globalLead on a 6 month project basis, but hopes to continue on beyond that time frame. He will be assisting with the 2017 Heart of the Leader in the Philippines and working with other Heart of the Leader staff as they refine the materials and strategies. Click for more information about Eric.
Dr. Matt Lewis – International Director of Heart of the Leader (left in the photo) – Matt Lewis comes to globalLead after leading the mother program of Heart of the Leader (Pastors of Excellence). Matt has been a globalLead board member for several years and has assisted globalLead in the launching of our Heart of the Leader ministry. He is committing to lead our Heart of the Leader ministry as he trusts God for funding. Click for more information about Matt.
We are so thankful for these highly qualified and committed Christian leaders. We are excited to see the global impact each of them will have.
Dios te bendiga (God bless you in Spanish)!
As I prepare to head to Nicaragua and to Mexico to train leaders for ministry, I wanted to say, God bless you! (Dios te bendiga).
Thank you for your on-going support and prayers as we continue to share the gospel of Jesus Christ around the globe.
On this trip from May 22nd-31st we will be training over 30 pastors and church leaders in Nicaragua. Traveling on this portion will be Pastor Dave Vance, Aaron Nicolas, Keegan McQuate and myself. We are excited to train these church pastors and church planters in the biblical principles for ministry from the life of Christ so that they can further reach, disciple and mobilize in their country. Many of these leaders travel hours and hours just to attend!
After 4 days in Nicaragua, Keegan and I will travel to Mexico City to train youth pastors in their two final courses in a Masters degree in Youth Ministry. We are excited that these leaders have been so thoroughly equipped and could be potential trainers of others in Mexico and other Spanish speaking nations.
Please pray for:
- Safe travels
- Health and energy (we will be teaching all day in above 90 degree temperatures).
- Gospel impact that will occur in and through the leaders.
- Opportunities to counsel these leaders in any areas that they may be struggling in.
- Our families back home as they navigate the busy end of spring beginning of summer school and sports schedules.
Thank you again for helping us continue to minister, mentor and multiply Christian leaders around the globe!
Have you ever found yourself hungry for a certain food? Maybe even craving that food to the point that you would travel out of your way to get it? I have done this at times. Especially for my favorite ice cream brand or that famous Cincinnati-style flavored chili.
Aside from the hunger for food, allow me to introduce to you a hungry Christian leader who was craving God’s Word and training in ministry. Meet Temesgen Adisu. I met Temesgen recently during a three-day training event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Temesgen was not from this capital city of Addis, he was from a remote area in Walaga region. Temesgen was a great student-leader to have in our midst. Over coffee (something else I will go out of my way for), Temesgen shared with me that he traveled 2 full days by bus just to get to the 3 day training. Did you catch that? He traveled a total of 4 days to receive 3 days of training.
Temesgen is a hungry leader! I am so glad that we train hungry leaders. I am also glad that we do not provide full handouts to meet their hunger. Leaders who are hungry are willing to invest something into the trainings. The leaders we train are asked to invest their time and their resources for the trainings (we often invest a portion into the events as well). Why is that so important? We want to be sure we are not casting our training before those who have no investment. No investment often means no ownership or results. Quite the opposite occurs when hungry leaders thirst for trainings and His Biblical principles for their ministry. These leaders produce fruit in their lives in ministry.
Thank you for helping us to serve these committed leaders around the globe!
I’ve always wanted to be a leader and have spent most of my life striving to be a good, Godly leader. Leadership is something that I think about often and it’s somewhat of a hobby. I listen to leadership podcasts, read leadership books, go to leadership conferences, and meet regularly with other local leaders. When Chris Davis (Founder and Executive Director of globalLead) asked me to consider going with him to Ethiopia and Kenya my first thought was “what will I be leading?” The answer to that question was “I’d really just like you to come along and help me.”
So after a lot of prayer and discussion with my family I decided to follow Chris to Africa. Unlike almost every other trip I have been on, I wasn’t in charge, I wasn’t the leader. I found myself in a new roll. I was the follower. After discussing the details of the trip and hearing about all the meetings and trainings that were planned I got really excited. In a few short weeks, thanks to many friends and family, I was able to raise the funds to go. This was really happening, I was going on a mission trip to Ethiopia and Kenya to serve with globalLead.
On this trip I had the privilege to follow Chris and do ministry. We worked with teens, taught Youth Pastor training sessions, encouraged and prayed with Pastors, shared Christ with strangers, and met all kinds of people. I was involved in board training and strategy sessions. I was humbled to ask questions and listen to denominational leaders, spend time with national youth workers and international aid coordinators.
I helped Chris take 15 people through the level 3 training, which means that these 15 youth leaders are now certified to train others. The 39 youth leaders that completed level 1 just blew me away with their desire to reach the youth in their cities. I witnessed a hunger and excitement for the gospel and a passion from these leaders to really embrace the strategy that they were being taught.
Three lessons I learned about following from my first globalLead trip to Africa:
- Followers need to be committed to the mission, they need to be “all in” in order to accomplish the ministry.
- Followers need to listen to instructions and obey the mentor/teacher.
- Followers need to remember that they, too, have people watching and following them. They need to be living a life worth imitating. It’s good to turn around from time to time and see who is following you.
If you will fear the Lord and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandments of the Lord, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the Lord your God, it will be well. 1 Samuel 12: 14 ESV
Striving to Follow,
globalLead Board of Director Member
On Friday February 26th, I, Chris Davis, will be heading out to Africa. Coming along with me to assist in our process of ministering, mentoring and multiplying will be Doug Taylor, the Executive Director at Heartland Church here in Richland County, Ohio. Doug is also one of the globalLead board members (pictured here with his family).
Together we will be training leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia through two major events. First will be our training of trainers event. This will be a time for us train 15 selected ministry leaders who will continue the multiplication process of training other leaders. These trainers have gone through several years of training and practical experience with us at globalLead. This group is from the Kale Haywet Church there, an evangelical group of over 8,000 churches! This trainer group will be assisting us as we train others in the second event. (Note the photo here of Workneh Dawit and his family, one of our hosts, is the national youth director for this denomination).
Part two in Ethiopia will include up to 60 national level denominational and youth ministry leaders as we walk with them through our Level 1 Strategic training. Those being invited are the top national leaders from 30 different evangelical denominations. This group represents and will be able to impact almost all of the evangelical churches in the whole country!
After 5 days in Ethiopia, we will travel to Nairobi, Kenya to have a strategic gathering with our African globalLead Board. Together we will be praying and planning out the details for the ministry in regards to staffing, strategy and support in a sustainable fashion. Pastor Nick Korir will be hosting the event as a long time partner with us at globalLead (pictured here with his wife Julia).
Also while in Kenya, we will be gathering 3 key East Africa leaders as we strategize impacting the whole region and continent together. This group is a sub-group of a global team that we partner of like-minded evangelical ministry leaders.
- Continued ownership of the ministry by the local leaders in Africa.
- Strategic partnerships to form with key leaders.
- Thousands of youth and church leaders who will be multiplying what they learn in order to impact millions of people for Christ across Africa.
- For the Davis and Taylor families back here in Ohio as they balance life as Doug and I are away.
We are excited to go and make disciples! Thank you for being a praying sender!
Madeline & I visited Nepal for 5 days from November 29 through December 4. I first visited Nepal in 2012 with Chris Davis and returned in 2013 with Madeline.
How to describe Nepal? Nepal is a landlocked country with China to the north and India to the south. The Himalayan Mountains occupy the north portion of the country, including 8 of the tallest mountains on earth.
The majority of the population [81%] of Nepal is Hindu and Nepal was a Hindu Kingdom until 2008, when it became a secular and inclusive democratic republic. Buddhism represents 9% of population and Christianity represents <2% of the population.
Life is very difficult in Nepal. A large proportion of the Nepalese population is devoid of access to safe and adequate drinking water. An ongoing fact of life is rotating power outages, currently 7-8 hours each day. A significant number of Nepali travel to foreign countries for work to provide for their families.
In April 2015 a devastating 8.1M earthquake killed 9,000 people and rebuilding efforts continue. Shortly after a new constitution was passed this September, blockades began at the southern border with India restricting access to most supplies, including: gasoline, diesel, propane and medicines.
Obviously Nepali life is hard. So why have I returned? Christianity has had a presence in Nepal for approximately 60 years, yet there is an unprecedented strategic opportunity for the gospel to explode throughout Nepal. With access to smart phones and social media, Nepali youth are being exposed to the gospel where previous communications beyond Hindu and Buddhist influences were difficult. Jomesh Tamang, globalLead’s Director in Nepal, has lead the training of over 3,000 youth leaders in the past 5 years.
During this visit, we spent a day in Kathmandu training the Nepal globalLead board of directors. Topics included board member responsibilities, generosity and self stewardship. Moving to Pokhara, the next two days were with Nepal globalLead core team of over 30 level 3 volunteer trainers. Training in Pokhara also included sessions on the Great Commission, Prayer, Why we Volunteer and the Challenges of Full Time Ministry.
The theme of the core team gathering was “Together we are Stronger”. These trainings were investments in the leaders in Nepal, intended to build, strengthen and encourage their efforts on the strategic front lines.
globalLead Board of Director Member
Thank you Richland Source for covering the ministry’s rebrand.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Local nonprofit Global Youth Ministry Network recently underwent an organizational rebranding, changing its name to globalLead. But it was a personal expanding in thinking that served as impetus for a change.
“My thinking expanded. It was a natural progression,” said Executive Director Chris Davis.
Life is full of changes. Many times these changes are for good. When a family adds a child to their family we all celebrate the new life and the expanding family. I know in our family, our son Levi, brings a wonderful personality and sense of humor to who we are as a growing family that did not exist before his birth.
In our ministry, we are adding some additional areas for deeper and wider impact globally. In order to better communicate this growth in ministry opportunities, we are changing our name to be globalLead. We are officially adding some new ministry areas that we have been piloting over the last few years. We are adding training for all church leaders. We have seen that the timeless Biblical principles that we have trained youth leaders to follow are extremely valuable for all church leaders to implement as well. In fact, many of those we have trained over the years are now using the principles as pastors for themselves and their ministry teams!
“Global Youth Ministry Network is now globalLead.”
Another burning question we have been asking is, “Who is pastoring the pastors and top church leaders?” We have seen there is a deep thirst in the life of these top level leaders to be further engaged with others with similar joys and challenges. In these unique conferences we offer secure comradarie, spiritual refreshing and help them plan ways to insure they stay healthy in all areas of their life.
We will continue to serve youth ministry leaders with specific trainings as we add these additional opportunities for all church ministry leaders. Together we get to train and lead those who are ministering, mentoring and multiplying. Thank you for praying with us and walking with us in partnership so we can expand into these new ministry areas.
As a ministry we have been serving Christian leaders in Africa since 1998. The work has been a huge blessing to many churches and therefore individual lives as well. In preparation for a recent trip over the last week of September, I asked our team in Africa how I could serve them. They mentioned two main areas. First, to be available for meetings with top denominational minis- try leaders to share the vision and strategies that can be implemented. Secondly, to be available to train over 20 local Christian leaders to become certified trainers of the Global Youth Ministry Network materials so that the multiplication of the ministry could continue. I am totally amazed by the doors that were opened and the impact that we would foresee.
We had numerous meetings with top leaders of entire denominations. The smallest group represented 150 churches, while the largest represented some 1400 churches (a total among just 4 groups added up to 2800 churches). At each of these gatherings we heard of the need to have their leaders trained in the principles of ministry from the life of Jesus Christ that we offer.
One of the groups that was most excited about the variety of trainings we offer was the Africa Gospel Church. This group was the first to welcome us to Africa over 17 years ago. Sitting in a meeting with 4 of the top 5 highest ranking church leaders, we realized that the 4 who were present had all been through our trainings over the past 17 years! This shows us of the impact that the trainings have had on leaders as they now lead over 1400 churches filled with people being discipled to evangelize. Not only are we continuing the training of youth ministry leaders, but this team requested that we train their top tier of church leaders across the country. They have seen how the principles we have taught over the years are transferable for all church ministry leadership areas. Therefore, we took action to carryout another version of our trainings targeted toward pastors and church ministry leaders. We have known for some time that there was a need globally for expanding our training beyond youth ministry leaders, but to hear this large group request this new version of the training was a great confirmation that the ministry is expanding in the right direction.
In addition to this meeting, we met with top leadership of another denomination of 700 churches. Not only are they scheduling 4 trainings for youth ministry leaders across the country next year, they have also requested the church leadership version of the trainings as well.
Beyond these top level strategic planning and vision casting meetings with top leaders, I also led a training of over 20 indigenous ministry leaders who were pursuing the calling to be one of our trainers in the region. Leaders at this event were from Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Swaziland, Zambia and Kenya. The room was filled with energetic leaders craving the opportunity to take what they had learned back to their home country and share it with others. Imagine top quality young leaders, full of passion and the power of the Gospel gathered together, to be further encouraged and unleashed to go impact the biggest mission field in Africa, the youth! This was an amazing time with these leaders. We are so excited to see the impact already happening. Just this week I had a video conference with Workneh Dawit, the key leader from Ethiopia, who oversees youth ministry to over 8,000 churches. For this video conference he had brought in a leader who had already begun to connect top leaders from 10 other large denominations for the country. We have already begun to discuss and plan for events in 2016 to further multiply the impact in Ethiopia!
I would have been very satisfied to call this a hugely successful trip, but in the midst of this time I received an email from a partner ministry that trains youth ministry leaders at a seminary level. They offer Masters Degrees in Youth Ministry around the globe. We have started to work with them on several projects. While in Kenya I received an email that we were being included in plans with the Nigeria Baptist Convention to assist in training 30 hand picked leaders who will commit to offer what they learn to the 13,000 churches that have 4 million members. They will strategically take these trainings first to their 10 seminaries and Bible colleges and also take the trainings of Global Youth Ministry Network to the majority of the youth leaders in the 13,000 potential church locations! These are astounding levels of impact that together we get to have across the different areas of the continent of Africa.