Published November 19, 2018

What Does a Better World Look Like?

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We are so grateful that you are a part of a community of leaders who seek to bring transformation to our world. You are the real heroes who give us reason to host The Global Leadership Summit each year. It would be an understatement to say that this has been a challenging year. And yet, the ministry continues to have an impact globally, witnessed in the outcome of what you and others do through your influence. God continues to pour out His favor. More than 120,000 people attended the Summit in the United States, and an additional 270,000+ attendees are expected in 135+ countries!

I’m continually reminded that God is using and will continue to use the Summit to bless leaders around the world.

I’m continually reminded that God is using and will continue to use the Summit to bless leaders around the world. One of my biggest reminders of this are the stories I hear about people like you whose lives have been changed as a result of God’s work through the Summit. My friend Betty Byanyima from Uganda shares just a taste of what’s been happening in her country:

We have a slogan here with the GLS: Creating the Uganda we want. We want to move from a heritage of war, corruption, bad stewardship, hopelessness and a bad economy to a country where we espouse five values: stewardship, work ethic, integrity, patriotism (just loving our country) and servant leadership.

Our big dream is for us to permeate all sectors of society and build a leadership legacy we will pass onto our children and our grandchildren of a country we are all proud of.

What does a better Uganda look like? Our big dream is for us to permeate all sectors of society and build a leadership legacy we will pass onto our children and our grandchildren of a country we are all proud of. And we are getting there one sector at a time. It’s not just the church, but we have also witnessed this change happen in government, and in the tourism industry, which is having an impact on our economy.

 

Stories like these would not be possible without your belief in what can happen when a leader is equipped and encouraged to influence positive change in their community.

Looking forward to the future of this ministry, we’re reminded that God is still in control. We know that as long as God continues to bless these efforts, the Summit will continue to bless lives across the globe. Our vision is still to one day reach more than 1,000,000 people. Only God!

Your support as we head into 2019 is especially critical.

In navigating the challenges this past year, the reality is, our economic situation was affected. The lives who are most affected are the leaders who are most desperate for the tools and the inspiration the Summit provides to them in their context.

Would you prayerfully consider your year-end donation to the Global Leadership Development Fund?

Your financial support this year-end fills this gap, and serves those who need it most as we continue to take the Summit around the world this fall and winter. Our goal continues to be catalyzing transformation, from individuals to communities, to churches and regions. Tens of thousands of our international attendees long for this high quality leadership training. The results are proven–Our Outcome Survey results have shown increased evangelism, community outreach, unity and care for the poor as a result. It is our mission to see that no leader is turned away because of financial constraint.

Would you prayerfully consider your year-end donation to the Global Leadership Development Fund? Your gift will be used to provide leaders in under-resourced regions access to the skills, inspiration and encouragement they hunger for to help them transform their churches, communities and cities.

It is our mission to see that no leader is turned away because of financial constraint.

When Christians lead well, we can be a formidable force for good and a beacon of light that moves searching hearts to find Christ.

Thank you for providing hope, and considering your partnership in this important work. Together, we are helping Christians grow their leadership to maximize Kingdom impact. Learn more at GlobalLeadership.org/give.

About the Author
Tom De Vries is the President and CEO of the Global Leadership Network.

Tom De Vries

President

Global Leadership Network

Tom joined the Global Leadership Network (GLN) in 2017 as President and CEO. He brings a wealth of expertise to the GLN’s year-round leadership development efforts and the leadership of producing The Global Leadership Summit (GLS), the premier leadership event of the year. Prior to joining the GLN, Tom was the General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), the oldest continuing Protestant denomination in the United States with over 200,000 members and 100 missionaries serving in 40 countries around the world. Tom has a B.A. in Sociology from Wheaton College, a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Western Seminary. He has provided leadership in both the ministry and nonprofit environments serving as a church planter, large church lead pastor and multisite pastor. He served on the central committee of the World Council of Churches and the governing board of the National Council of Churches. Additionally, Tom served on the Board of Trustees for New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Western Theological Seminary and has also taught as an adjunct professor at Western Theological Seminary. Tom played a key leadership role in the launching of a nonprofit focused on food insufficiency in young children and today Hand2Hand feeds more than 8,000 children each weekend through school-church partnerships. He has been a featured guest on NPR, the Salem Radio Network, Life Today Live, Newsmax TV, Moody Radio, the WOW Factor, and Common Good.

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