THE OUTLOOK OF THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST LEADERSHIP
Rapid change describes this world today and its future. The church exists in the world and as these rapid changes come, they bring with them fresh and new challenges that the church
has not faced in the past. The questions to be raised include: “Is
leadership keeping itself abreast to the changes taking place in the
world? Is leadership ready to deal with these challenges in a
responsible and appropriate way? Has our leadership in the church
at all levels been positioned or trained in a manner that will give
appropriate responses to the changing world with the challenges that are
coming with those changes?” The loyalty and vision of
elected church leaders will be critical for the future unity of the
church, so the church must nurture a leadership culture that understands
the Biblical basis of church unity, authority, responsibility and
respond to the challenges the church has been facing, the General
Conferece Office of Global Leadership Development initiated the meetings
in Rogaska, Slovenia (2008); in Loma Linda, California (2009); in
Beijing, China (2010); in Sao Paulo, Brazil (2011); in Nairobi, Kenya
(2012); in Bali, Indonesia (2013); Sydney, Australia (2014) and
Istanbul, Turkey (2015), Jerusalem, Israel (2016), Kiev, Ukraine (2017) attended by
representatives/leaders from the world divisions and institutions,
organized by Dr. Mike Ryan, Dr. Pardon Mwansa and Dr. Delbert Baker who were GC General Vice Presidents as well as Chairs of the Global
Leadership Development from 2006-2015. For the new quenquinnium, the
Chairmainship has been passed to Dr. Guillermo
Biaggi with the team members of Dr. Ella Simmons, Thomas Lemon, Geoffrey
Mbwana, Dr. Artur Stele, and Dr. Abner De Los Santos.
and propose a system of gathering information, developing tools for
assessment, and creating a consortium of leaders who will help design
leadership training that serves the diverse needs of the world field.
- Review the 2005 GC Mandate of Leadership Training and develop plans to implement the same.
- Clarify the role and functions of the
office of Global Leadership at the General Conference and seek input on
what type of services can be included and the mode of delivery of such
- Explore leadership training needs
around the global church with a view to identifying critical areas in
which those elected to leadership can be oriented.
- Identify leadership training centers,
entities, and programs available in the church and create a network of
how these can be of service to the World Divisions.
- Develop and share a criteria of
selecting leaders who can be called upon to serve as facilitators at
different leadership training events in the Divisions.
- Create a system whereby we can get
input from the divisions on the “Orientation Package” that Presidential,
Secretariat and Treasury have been tasked to produce.
- Explore processes that lead to developing a good Division Leadership Training/Development Program.