“What was most valuable to me? The truly solid content of the sessions, and the amazing degree and substance of input from participants during our session discussions.”
This participant feedback captured the essence of the recently-held Leadership Development Program, a two-day workshop for OC workers held at the US-MC.
One Challenge continues its emphasis of growing its own leaders, evidenced by the workshop. For the fifth consecutive year, OC workers participated in the workshop, focused on OC’s leadership values, and on leadership character and skills.
Participants from Africa, Asia, and the US-MC invested two days in instruction and interaction with four members of OC’s Executive Leadership Team (President Dean Carlson, Executive Vice President Ray Sanford, Vice President of Global Ministries Dick Grady and Leadership Development Strategist David Bulger). Four half-day sessions provided ample space for deep engagement on topics relevant to leadership development within OC and to leadership in contexts of ministry.
“There was nothing that was not useful. I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the time,” said Lance, a participant in his first leadership development initiative within OC. Lance was one of several field workers in the workshop. His application will be directly focused on leaders in his country of service.
Drawing on their years of service, each of the session facilitators led participants into engagement with core OC leadership values. Dean Carlson facilitated the opening session on Developmental Leaders, underscoring OC’s commitment to equipping our workers for ministry effectiveness. He helped participants identify lifelong developmental phases, and their current phase.
Dick Grady had participants poring over dozens of scripture passages to identify, and then apply, different aspects of being Discerning Leaders – a valuable exercise given the complex environments in which OC workers serve.
Ray Sanford’s session on Collaborative Leaders considered deeper issues than collaboration-building skills … participants wrestled with heart orientations in their work with others. And David Bulger briefly outlined the importance of health in every aspect of life and leadership. Participants developed plans to take steps of health after the workshop.
National leaders across the globe know OC workers as men and women that develop leaders. Efforts to equip our own OC people not only strengthen One Challenge as an organization, but are multiplied to see stronger pastoral, denominational, ministerial and network leaders in the nations where we serve. The Leadership Development Program is one component of that overall effort, an effort that is a part of Transforming Nations … Together.
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We are committed to the equipping of leaders, inside and outside the church, with kingdom principles allowing them to move entire people groups toward transformation, hope and justice. Those leaders in turn can mentor others, and together we all bring God’s transformation to lives, communities, and nations.