Published July 1, 2019

Church Thrives After Attending the GLS

 

I felt inadequate—I couldn’t help everybody.

New Life Baptist is a strong church. We have great people. And my church members support me as a pastor. They have supported me, loved me and followed my lead, but I’m only one person—I can only do so many things.

God put us into a beautiful community, but we are surrounded by need.

God put us into a beautiful community, but we are surrounded by need. And I felt inadequate—I couldn’t help everybody. I felt discouraged because our church was not having the impact I wanted to see. The reality was that most of our ministry involved meeting the needs of the people within our church walls. I had a vision to do more for our community, but the vision was murky and unclear. I think the problem was that people didn’t see themselves as leaders.

Then a pastor friend of mine invited me to The Global Leadership Summit.

I thought, Oh, just another leadership training. I’ve been to so many of these, what else can I learn? But it wasn’t just another leadership conference.

When I attended the Summit the first time, I went by myself. Every speaker taught me something different. But it was the inspiration that empowered me. I realized that the sky is the limit—I needed to aim higher.

When I left that first year, I said I will never miss another Summit!

When I left that first year, I said I will never miss another Summit! The second year, I took 15 people with me. The third year, we took 30 people. That fourth year, I went to those 30 folks and I said, Would you like to take 60? And all of them said yes. And we could pay 60 if everyone helped and paid half the price. So, we took over 60 people the following year! The year after that, I challenged our church, and said, I want each one of you to buy your own ticket. And it worked, people gave and we were able to take over 100 people. Every year, GLS attendance doubled from our church, and we also brought the mayor and community leaders.

Our missions and ministries exploded.

Every year, I leave the GLS inspired. Over the last 8 years of attending the Summit, I’ve seen our missions and ministries explode. And right now, we’re doing things in Mexico on a regular basis, and we’re supporting over 15 missions all over the world.

Individual members realized, I can make a difference! I can be a leader. I can influence somebody!

One of my members said it perfectly: 8 years ago, we had one great leader. Now we have 300 great leaders.

Individual members realized, I can make a difference! I can be a leader. I can influence somebody!

We outgrew our church facility, and we wanted to buy three more acres. But when I went to the GLS, I realized there’s no way three acres would be enough because of the renewed clear vision God gave me. So, we purchased 27 acres. We believe God is going to do something great—Greater than we could imagine.

I can’t think of a better leadership conference than the Summit.

As my vision became clear, I realized I needed to aim higher. After attending as a church for several years, and seeing the impact, we became a Spanish host site reaching even more people. I can’t think of any better leadership conference than The Global Leadership Summit. The GLN has brought inspiration to our church family. It has ignited transformation in each and every one in our church.

About the Author
Raul Elizondo

Raul Elizondo

Pastor

New Life Baptist

Pastor Raul Elizondo has been preaching God's word since he asked Jesus Christ to come into his heart at the age of 16. In 1987 he married Irma Nava. They have four children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law and six grandchildren. On November 16, 1997, Pastor Raul was called to begin New Life Baptist Church to tell others about the forgiveness and the hope he found at the cross of Jesus Christ. He is a longtime GLS fan, and as of 2017, his church became a Spanish speaking GLS host site.

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