There’s an impending leadership crisis unless the Global Church figures out how to better engage youth in a postmodern context. I don’t need to re-paint the picture; there are a myriad of books, articles and blogs representing young people leaving the church en masse or lacking Sticky Faith.
“One of the primary responsibilities of leaders is to grow new leaders. If you’re not doing that, you’re not being strategic,” states Richard Tiplady, principal of International Christian College, former British Director of European Christian Mission and expert on leadership in a postmodern context.
When we thought about who’s doing leadership best, we immediately sought to partner with prevailing spiritual leadership developer John Maxwell.Working together we have scaled his EQUIP leadership program for a youth-centered audience to influence tomorrow’s spiritual leaders starting today.
This dynamic new program anatomizes the leadership qualities from Maxwell’s material, founding each in solid Bible bedrock. It’s a beautiful partnership—and a robust program!
You can download the first 3 lessons for free here.
The Lead Today program was piloted in Ghana, West Africa. It officially launches this January following a November national ceremony in Tema where His Excellency, Vice President Kwesi-Amissah Arthur, officially launched the program. Nearly 2,000 students along with many dignitaries, pastors and local leaders attended the event!
OneHope has access to all schools in Ghana by a special permission from the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education. We have ministered in almost all schools in Ghana including some Islamic schools and to date have reached 26 Million children and youth with God’s Word!
Conditions in Ghana today are ripe for incubating this type of program because it has:
- One of the fastest growing GDP’s in Africa—economic powerhouses are also social and cultural influencers.
- Stable government—described as “a poster-child for democracy and a haven of stability in West Africa… where elections are managed smoothly, and where electoral disputes are resolved by judges, not armed factions.”
- Christian President—John Dramani Mahama dreams of a better Ghana and cares deeply about working to better the lives of the people in his country.
- Good practices in ethics—much of this, we believe, is due to strong Bible presence in the country through the influence Scripture Union has had with children in schools over many years of working in the country
- Ghana is leading Africa in developing child/youth programs—as the first African country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the country has set the example for protecting and developing its children and youth.
I’m so excited about the implications of this new venture, this partnership with John Maxwell, and this nation that will be the first to cultivate the fruit of this program. The potential for engaging youth in Scripture and helping instill invaluable leadership lessons into the lives of young people around the world is enormous.
These young aspiring leaders are our hope; they are our future. They deserve to hear the greatest story ever told and learn from the best. I’m excited to be a part of handing them a legacy that’s even richer than the one I inherited.
- How to turn teens into leaders by John C Maxwell
- 3 influencers of spiritually vibrant teens
- Why Children?