When we first kicked around the idea of doing a leadership conference in Zambia, I will have to admit, I wasn’t overly excited about it. In North America, we are inundated with conferences, materials, and consultants on the topic of leadership. Not to mention, there are so many “more pressing” issues to address such as, poverty, disease, and exploitation to name a few. Shouldn’t we be focusing ALL of our efforts on that?
I have learned over the years that Godly leadership is the answer to a plethora of issues that plague Southern Africa and sometimes, I take for granted the wealth of knowledge and education that I have had access to here in the US. So, reluctantly, I agreed to be a part of shaping and teaching at the event and thought that it would ultimately be an exercise to learn more about the landscape of Zambian leadership. It was so much more!
Poetice empowers the Church to fight for justice and this leaders conference wasn’t just designed for pastors, but also for educators, health workers, and youth; Christ followers that want to make a difference and fight for justice in their communities. Leaders who desire to take whatever God has placed in their hands and use it to bring His Kingdom to earth.
Two weeks ago, over 170 leaders from all over the world convened at our base in Choma, Zambia. We covered a range of topics such as leadership, biblical justice, and entrepreneurship to name a few. The information was second to none, but what was most powerful about the event was encountering the power and presence of God with the body of Christ. Poetice provided a space for individuals to interact with and learn from leaders they would never have normally crossed paths with. As we worshipped, shared meals, and challenged one another, our perspective of Christ’s Church was expanded. It wasn’t about one culture over another, one denomination over another, or anyone’s education level, socioeconomic status or race over another. It was in this “clash” that we experience Kingdom culture! And together, individuals realized that we are ALL in this fight together.
The feedback has been overwhelming. Leaders were challenged, replenished, inspired, and better equipped to fight for justice in their communities. Several leaders said it was the most inspiring, informative, and challenging conference they had ever participated in. One of the most common questions following the conference was, “When is the next one and can I bring others?” This is exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. This conference was already over the capacity of our buildings. How on earth would we facilitate a conference for more leaders?
This the thrust behind phase 1 of our Build the Future Campaign. Increasing our capacity to equip and empower more leaders because the need is greater than any one person, church or denomination can meet alone.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.”
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Micah Kephart is the Founder & CEO of Poetice International.