Friday, August 12, 2011

GLS 3a: McNeil “Courageous Leadership for Catalytic Times”

brenda_salter_mcneilGlobal Leadership Summit Session Three A: Rev. Brenda Salter McNeil  (She was one of the featured speakers at Lausanne III in Cape Town. Video.)

She’s talking about globalization, and how important it is to know what is going on in the world.  It is important to be a global Christian.

We live in catalytic time.  Various forces are making our world more connected.  How are you responding as a leader to the horrific social issues created by globalization?

Her talk is organized around Acts 1:8 Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, even to the ends of the earth.

In Jerusalem we have to face people like ourselves and call ourselves to justice and equality.  Tell ourselves and our friends and our family not to be racist.

Judea represents the place in our world that is quite to home but not quite home.  It is the subcultures that exist in the same society between different political parties.  Ministry in Judea is not simple.  We must help the people in Judea.

Samaria are the issues that are hostile to us, where we not in control.  It is the place of sex trafficking, child soldiers, and corporate greed.  We need to get involved in all these issues.  We will receive spiritual power to face these issues.  We need the Holy Spirit.  Go as a learner.  Ultimately we should go to the ends of the earth.

Without a catalyst we won’t be moved to deal with these issues.

God wants to bring people together through globalization so that the church has to deal with these issues.  In response we should:

1. “Pray for a Divine Mandate.” “God break our hearts for what breaks your heart.”

2. “Name your Catalytic Events.”  Crisis is an opportunity for God to move in.

3. “Mobilize people to go!”

[Do we care about lost or unreached people knowing Jesus too?  I think Brenda cares about this, but it would be nice to hear her say it.]

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