From the President

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You may have seen pictures from our first full day here in Bangkok at the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers. If you haven’t, check out my Facebook page here!

On this day, we had what Dr. Ramesh Richard called the meat of the Congress: working sessions where we get to dig deeper into pastoral training. Asian Access has the privilege of leading one of these tracks on Spiritual Engagement. Dr. Richard calls this track foundational as nothing else can work if we don’t have proper character formation in pastors!

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Our first session was led by two ladies from LeaderSource who did a fantastic job guiding us on Spiritual Formation and Vitality. These young ladies walked through four key paths of growing as a Christ-like leader! And, we had a lot of fun in the process: you can see our four models taken from the front row. Each of them represented key aspects of how Christ formed leaders and how we in turn can develop others as disciples and Christ-followers! I was so impressed.

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What are these four characteristics, you might be asking? These ladies guided us through four key categories for all the key elements for growing:

  • Spiritual
  • Relational
  • Experiential
  • Instructional

You see Jesus led his disciples in these three ways. He invested in them spiritually but he also asked them to “follow me” and as he walked with them for three years, he instructed them and the entire time he was building their mutual relationship.

If you would like to learn more about Spiritual Engagement for Pastoral Trainers, keep following my blog posts this week. I’ll try to post something from every day. In addition, LeaderSource produces a great blog that is worth subscribing to: HealthyLeaders. I encourage you to check it out and sign up for their weekly blog post.

These key attributes are things that the Global Congress would endorse and that Asian Access embodies. 

How are you growing as a leader? Do you focus solely on the ‘instructional’ sides of learning? If so, step out of your box and become more holistic like Jesus modeled and come from every angle to help build disciple-making leaders!

I’d love to hear from you too… If you’re at the Congress and have more to share from this workshop, please share. Or, if you’re not here with us and would like to share some wisdom, we’d love to hear from you!

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Ever since joining Asian Access as president in 2008, I've been having the time of my life. In this blog, I hope to share some stories that will encourage you to engage with this ministry. At Asian Access, we change the few, who change the many.

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