The Alliance has been holding consultations since 2006. These are intentional gatherings of people from our community involve participants from Europe, Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Sometimes we hold one large gathering, at other times we hold smaller, regional events. Regardless of the format, the intention is to allow everyone the opportunity to participate and be heard, and not one part of the world to dominate the conversation.
Next week I get to be part of one of these consultations, as we consider global leadership in community.
My invitation to the event put it like this,
‘As we look to the future we see a need for growing a body of leadership with a global missional mindset who understand the implications of friendship, community, globalisation, polycentrism and other issues impacting leadership engaging in God’s mission.’
I’m excited about this for so many reasons.
- The opportunity to meet with such a diverse group of Christian leaders – all with different perspectives of what leadership means in their context and what the needs are – and learn from their experiences.
- Taking time to listen to God together and consider what he may say into a conversation on global leadership.
- Plus, another expectation that was listed on my invite, ‘Discover/imagine/dream together what leadership-in-community means, looks like and how it functions’ – sounds like fun to me.
It’s probably worth explaining why ‘community’ keeps coming up in so much of the Alliance’s work.
One of the papers I’ve had to read in preparation for next week, says this,
‘The theme of community is of great relevance to the Alliance because it has grown to include over 100 interdependent self-governing organisations. How they relate to each other, and how the Alliance as an organisational structure relates to and supports these organisations is a growing challenge.’
Franklin, K.J., Niemandt, C.J.P., The Place of Friendship in the Mission of God
Not only is it an organisational challenge but community forms part of our foundation as an organisation. The first of our Principles of Community begins, ‘We are created for community and called to community’.
So, we will process our leadership thoughts in community and our outcomes will consider what leadership looks like in community.
No doubt I’ll come back with some thoughts after the consultation. If you want to follow what goes on during the week, or would be able to spare some time praying for what we are doing, look out for updates on my Facebook Page.