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MJW cycle of worksI had a blast co-teaching with Mary Jo Wilson, Asian Access vice president for missional engagement, these last two weeks in India! She led the pastors through a culture game that had everyone actively engaged and experiencing a taste of how difficult it is to operate in another culture. Watching the pastors try to figure out each others tribes was hilarious. Some even resorted to fighting, practically speaking...

paradigm shifts webWe had another fun week in India as the 3rd group of pastors graduated on Thursday evening. These two pastors pulled me aside to personally thank me for the investment of Asian Access.

The first guy shocked me. He said: "A2 questioned my orthodox ways of thinking!” I was a little worried to be honest with you. I thought, Oh boy, what happened? However, he went on to talk about orthodox methodology rather than theology. Too funny! Here’s what he shared...

samuel cb headshot 2016On our third day at Asian Access Global Leaders’ Summit, C.B. Samuel once again challenged us. This day was quite challenging indeed as you can tell from the title of this blog. I encourage you to listen to C.B.’s entire lesson below, but to give you a few doozies as teasers, here’s a little of what you can expect:

• The church will have to go through major restructuring in order for us to embody the kingdom of God!

• When you get into the lift (an elevator), you don’t know who is a leader… Jesus sees people, not leaders! It doesn’t matter who you are but what matters is how you behave!

• When you follow Jesus, he changes the way you look at the world!—The best leadership training seeks disorientation!...

CBSamuel 2016As I mentioned the other day, C.B. Samuel led our Global Leaders’ Summit in some rich reflections on our values at Asian Access. The first day his focus was our Intimacy with God (see "They were lost in God."). This posting is about his second day and the importance of community. We have the audio of this recorded message and you can listen to C.B’s wisdom here...

Let me just tease you to listen to this tremendous teaching by selecting some of his choice quotes: "We need to shake up the pastors to say you are not a CEO, you are a shepherd to create community!"...

samuel cb headshot 2016We need leaders today about whom we say, “They were lost in God!” - C.B. Samuel

A few weeks ago, Asian Access held our Global Leaders’ Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was one of the best summit gatherings of my nearly eight years of ministry with Asian Access! The fellowship and partnership with one another across eleven nations is strong, the sense of community grows year after year, and the mutual support and rallying behind one another is second to none. We had a powerful week together. One of the highlights is captured in this quote above by C.B. Samuel who helped start Asian Access/India and who serves on our India Council of Reference. Each day C.B. shared about one of our core values and this quote came in reference to our first and primary ministry value: ALL IN with God. We often say that everything in ministry and life flows from “A Love Relationship with God”...

n i grads 600pxBeing in India this week has truly inspired me. The alumni caught the vision of being community and even more importantly of living in a love relationship with God: They are ALL IN with God and they LIVE Community! They are also all committed to Accelerating Kingdom Leaders BUT, it’s important to note that this only flows out of our/their love relationship with God: John 15:1-16 Just see John 15:5 alone -

"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me...

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