With roughly 52 percent of the world’s population being under the age of 30, training youth and their leaders is essential to the Great Commission. Leadership catalyzes and sustains transformation, so training and serving leaders is an integral part of the One Challenge ethos. Who these leaders are changes in different nations, communities, and situations. With nearly two-thirds of the mission force coming from non-Western countries, One Challenge workers Tim and Annette are global nomads. In 2015 their work took them from Argentina to the Philippines, from Spain to Zimbabwe. Their goal: for youth leaders to mature in Christ and be equipped to serve the youth of their communities holistically with a Christ-centered focus.
Training through YouTube, Facebook…
YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, blogs — the first place younger generations look for advice or resources. Tim and Annette minister through the Internet and facilitate learning in person. In 2015 they (with partners) trained 1,122 youth leaders at 11 events in eight different countries.
Tim and Annette aren’t content with merely passing on information. They aim at Holy Spirit empowered transformation, so they are intentional about both the media and the message of their ministry. For example, Tim explains: “Creating a team is one of the key principles we teach. Jesus modeled teamwork with his disciples. He invested his life deeply in a small group of willing people who did the same with others, thus multiplying exponentially the investment and — in Jesus’ case — the impact. Because teamwork is such a high value, we lead our workshops as a team with two to four trainers.”
Using Jesus’ ministry as a model, it came as no surprise when a young Zambian leader contacted Tim through Facebook to update him on the implementation of the training. He shared that he’d applied the training and built a ministry team.
With a suitcase as their closet and a backpack as their office, Tim and Annette have a unique lifestyle and ministry. They are just another vivid expression of One Challenge’s mission of serving, equipping, and connecting the body of Christ and its leaders to advance God’s kingdom among all people.
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.