J Paulo Lopes
Director of Emerging Leadership
World Methodist Evangelism
What will it take to effectively help Wesleyan/Methodist emerging leaders around the world build faith-sharing movements?
This is the BIG question we have been praying and dreaming with God about over the last year at World Methodist Evangelism. And we’d like to invite you to join us in our praying and dreaming because the stakes our very high when it comes to emerging leaders. We are absolutely convinced that the world is in desperate need of young men and women called to offer a better vision of hope for their lives and their communities.
I am excited to share some of the vision with you our global family. More specifically, we’d like to share a few shifts we are making in response to this great challenge:
- From “one-off” events to a formation journey: Over the years we have hosted wonderful gatherings creating opportunities for leaders to connect and learn with others from different backgrounds, cultures, and traditions. These events have been very fruitful for participants, many of whom are renewed and even transformed by their experiences! However, effective leadership development happens through an intentional process and strategies which include, but are not limited to, single events. Our leadership development process will seek to identify emerging leaders (through relational and institutional networks), to connect leaders (through Metanoia events around the world), to equip leaders (through ongoing accountable cohorts), and to encourage leaders (through online events, new initiatives, and strategic partnerships).
- From centralized community to a “network of networks”: The task of helping leaders build faith-sharing movements is not one we believe God has called us to undertake alone! Instead, in this next season of ministry with emerging leaders, we are being challenged to multiply our efforts by connecting and partnering with networks of leaders around the world who share in our key values and purpose. We will collaborate, share resources, and learn from those networks. Additionally, we hope to expand our reach and our ability to identify emerging leaders through these key relationships.
- From western-driven to cross-cultural team-driven leadership: Finally, as we begin to enroll people into this journey, and as our networks develop and grow, we hope to build teams of talented young leaders with passion for evangelism and mission, as well as unique cultural perspectives. As the center of the Wesleyan/Methodist movement continues to shift from the global north/west to the global south/east, we don’t want to miss out on the opportunity God is giving us to collaborate with and to learn from our sisters and brothers from different parts of the world where the Church is flourishing.
Taking Our First Step To kick-start this new season of ministry with emerging leaders, we are gearing up for the first of several regional Metanoia gatherings, beginning with Metanoia Europe from August 29th to September 4th in Durham, UK! We hope this inspires you to consider if God may be calling you to partner with us on this journey. Here are a few ways you can participate:
- If you are an emerging leader or know someone who would be a great fit for Metanoia, please let us know;
- Pray for this new season of ministry for Metanoia and our global emerging leadership initiatives. This kind of work can only be done with persisting prayer;
- Give generously to enable a global new generation of high-capacity Christian leaders to participate in this life changing journey.
- Register to join us at Metanoia Europe.