Since graduating in June 2015, at the request Dr. Marlon Hestick, President of the Guyana Wesleyan Bible College; I had the privilege of designing and teaching "Counselling Victims Affected by Incest" to fifteen pastors and leaders of different denominations in here in Guyana. It was the first time that a course of this nature was taught at a Christian Education institution in Guyana and I am the first person in the Body of Christ in Guyana to study incest in the Church here in Guyana. My BGU Dissertation was identified by the President as the text for the course. Copies of this book will be available at Xulon, Amazon and other outlets in December 2017. I heartily thank BGU's faculty for ushering me into the next step of my calling as God's servant.
I live in Melbourne Australia and graduated in 2014 with a Doctor of Transformational Leadership focused on organisations. I completed the study as I recognized my need to grow in wisdom and understanding in leader a Christian organisation that had many challenges, complexities, and opportunities. But it was one that was in decline. What was the relevance of a name? How is a common community forged over distance and amongst 150 staff? How do you even assess the current reality amidst biases and hobbyhorses? These were just some of the questions that I grappled with over my four years of study. Four years on and I am still in the job and we have see incredible change and blessing. Through most measurements, we have just started to grow again. We are incredibly hopeful of God using us to extend his kingdom in Australia and the world through a clear focus, in a growing community of practitioners and all under the name of Power to Change (part of Cru or CCCI). www.powertochange.org.au
DATE OF EVENT: OCTOBER 17, 2016
Prudence Lewis Bhola delivered an outstanding presentation on Monday last, at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre. Her presentation was conducted under the auspices of the Prime Minister; who spearheaded a Consultative Session with stakeholders for the establishment of an Inter- Religious Television Station.
Dr. Lewis-Bhola lauded the Prime Minister’s support for such a television station and spoke extensively about broadcast standards, regulations and compliance requirements for broadcasters. She also noted the potential such a television station has for positive change, she posited that “this religious station has the potential to build and strengthen the moral fabric of the Guyanese society”
“An inter-religious television station can create an environment that fosters peace, national unity, respect among various religious denominations and encourage tolerance among our citizens; particularly, our young impressionable minds that are often influenced by the vulgarity and indecency perpetuated in certain content broadcast on National Television,” Dr. Lewis-Bhola explained.
However, stakeholders were urged to familiarize themselves with the Broadcasting Act of 2011 and were encouraged to demonstrate the requisite level of maturity, tolerance and respect for each other’s beliefs, as they function in an environment this type of television station creates.
The CEO emphasized the mandate of the GNBA to effectively regulate, supervise and develop the National Broadcasting System and provide services of superior quality and value to both the licensing process and for the dissemination of broadcasting content, in the interest of all Guyanese.
Prime Minister and First Vice-President Dr. Moses Nagamootoo, who holds ministerial responsibility for Information, explained that, “religion has played a cardinal role in the development of our civilization, it has been the cornerstone for the development of society, so therefore it cannot be ignored. “The PM further noted that “there is a dire need for radio and television stations that are culturally homogeneous. In Guyana, he stated, the freedom to practice religion is written in the constitution”. However, he warned against the discrimination of one religion against another.
Sharon Patterson, Programme Coordinator of the Ministry of Social Cohesion explained, that the establishment of an inter- religious television station would strengthen the Ministry’s efforts to foster social cohesion in Guyana. The chairman of the Inter-Religious Organization, Pastor Ronald Mc Garrell will continue consultations with the various religious bodies, with the aim of fulfilling the Prime Minister’s desire for maximum inclusion of all the religious organs within our nation. The IRO is expected to provide the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority with all the relevant documents to aid in the process of acquiring a broadcast license.
Dr. Marlene Hines wants to pull together a group of BGU Alumni in Jamaica to coordinate a BGU Transformational Leadership forum to address the crisis of crime and violence which has been plaguing Jamaica, especially in the light that the government is calling on the church for help. Her church board has asked her to lead a project for the evaluation of the effectiveness of its church planting efforts. The proposal has been completed and presented for their approval. She has also presented a copy of her final paper for the ABCD/AI course she took while a student to her pastor. The paper was a study of an inner-city community in which her church operates a Sunday School Outreach Program. Her intent is to implement the ABCD/AI Approach in her community through the Sunday School Outreach program. Marlene presented a paper at the International Education Administration Leadership Conference entitled “Asset-based Community Development and Appreciative Inquiry Approach to School Leadership and Community Development: A Case Study of the Drews Avenue and Pembroke Hall Primary Schools.”
Todd Poulter serves with the Wycliffe Global Alliance as a consultant for leadership development on its global leadership team. One of the most encouraging initiatives he has been involved with is in Africa, where the regional director, Mundara Muturi, observed that many African leaders actually felt less confident about leading after participating in Western-based leadership development programs. So he invited 15 Wycliffe leaders to join an African Leaders Community to explore the question: How can we lead in ways that are authentically African and authentically biblical, and enable us to meet the demands of leading in an African and global context? One participant described the impact of being part of this process: “African leadership was always equated with bad practices. But through this initiative I have learned to appreciate African leadership. I have had a big change of perspective.” Another said, “As I lead, I have begun to look at friends and colleagues with a desire to help them grow as leaders.”
For more than nine years, I have served on the Network211 team (Assemblies of God World Missions), using the Internet to carry Christ’s message to 244 nations and territories through Project 100Million. It has been a joyous ride! This Friday, we will surpass 30 Million visitors to our evangelism and discipleship sites! More than 1.4 Million people have responded to our messages. We have carried out discipleship conversations with more than 260,000 individuals with the goal of moving them from “A search to a Church!” You can see up to the moment results at https://network211.com/stats/.
Our family has served Assemblies of God World Missions since 1995, serving in Nigeria, South Africa and online. I’ve planted 19 Churches, taught at the graduate level and served as an administrator in African theological seminaries. Currently, I am on the graduate faculty at Global University and I am pursuing certification as a coach through CoachNet Global.
God issued a great commission, not a manageable suggestion. Our missiological strategies often hamper God’s design by putting us at odds with allies. Our task is to cooperatively take the Gospel beyond barriers and boundaries and reach every searching heart.
Dr. Zimmerman specifically attributes the education he received through BGU as the catalyst to design and support the development of a plan to fulfill a God-given dream to create learning communities (schools)that have a global influence within the secular marketplace while remaining unashamedly Christian.
As the Executive Director for 2 Christian Microsoft Showcase Schools our team of 26 staff members and 250 students representing 26 ethnic groups provides unparalleled opportunities to shape the future of global education.
I started the ministry of LeadershipOnRamp in 2015. We’re now serving four denominations and a multitude of churches with relevant leadership mobilization resources and assessment tools. Find out more at www.leadershiponramp.com.
I recently taught a workshop on Neighborhood ministries at two different churches. I enjoy hearing how people creatively reach out to their neighbors and serve their cities. After one of the workshops, a participant came up to talk with me about the idea my principles to run a political campaign. It was an intriguing idea. Since that time, I’ve been coaching him through the process of getting elected to our state court of appeals. He is a talented lawyer with a desire to serve the under represented in our state. I’m learning how neighboring applies to politics. Insights are pouring in.
Dr. Kebede is married to Alemnesh Asefa, a family counselor with five kids.
He has worked at Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia, Bible Society of Ethiopia. At the present time he is the General Secretary of Ethiopian Geunet Church.
Dissertation: " The Cooperation of Trinitarian Churches in the Mission and transformation of Ethiopia".
God has transformed my life and ministry by joining BGU.
For the past few years I have been asked to teach, as well as speak, at the Vineyard Institute of Indonesia, the largest and fastest growing private school in Indonesia. I am grateful for the education and growth I experienced at BGU and the pathway forward for my life it helped open up. The government of Indonesia respects BGU and accepts my degree with the highest of honor. This has helped with the school's accreditation in Indonesia under their department of Christianity and Education. Students graduating from this school come from all denominations and receive certificates to work in coveted government schools not only to teach Christianity ( a required class) but also general education as well as Masters in Theology. A few years ago the government, required that all religious leaders go back to school for one more year of education in order to keep their positions. This is an exciting time of service for the Vineyard in Indonesia.
Vineyard USA Missions Leader Team
Lauren Speeth is Director of NHM Ministrants, a division of Elfenworks Productions, LLC, providing digital resources for healing, hope and harmony, including the free English/Spanish Bible app for kids called Pastor Fish and the Lord’s Prayer in a host of languages. Speeth is experienced working across denominational and religious boundaries, for example serving on the 2017 Steering Committee of Ampleharvest.org’s interfaith #foodwasteweekend effort, and is regularly called upon to lecture at YWAM’s Schools of Urban Mission in Southern India, where she seeks to equip a next generation of transformational leaders. In addition to directing NHM Ministrants, Speeth is CEO of The Elfenworks Foundation. She holds a BA from Mills College, an MBA from St. Mary’s College, a DBA from Golden Gate University, and a DMin from Bakke Graduate University. She has also completed three courses of study at Stanford, including chaplaincy training (CPE). A noted filmmaker, she is the author of three books: Tracks of Hope; Intelligence and Compassion in Action; and eMinistry. Full bio online at www.elfenworks.com.
“I credit BGU for equipping me to move forward in eMinistry,” Speeth says, adding, “I’ll never forget that Seattle graduation, with an individualized prayer from Rev.White and culminating in all of us blessing our families by singing Lutkin’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” over them from the balcony together. It was a moment filled with the Holy Spirit that touched me to my very soul.
Speeth and her team are excited about how their new free English/Spanish kids’ app (www.ministrants.com/pastorfish) is being downloaded in unexpected locations, such as China, just from word-of-mouth. The team is busily working on Russian and Ukrainian versions. They’d appreciate spreading the word.
I have been doing training for the poor for more than ten years on how to read the Bible from the bottom up. My concerns are two-fold. First, many missionaries here in the Philippines, whether Filipino or American, have an American ideology undergirding their gospel. As a result, the evangelized are more American than Christian. Second, the gospel that is being preached perpetuates a gospel that is bad for the poor. It promotes the notorious individualism of value systems of America. When we promote a gospel that is very individualistic, it has a negative effect on the poor because the greatest capital of the poor is their social asset, their friends, their neighbors, their relatives, etc. Our gospel thus erodes the very thing that is keeping the poor from dying.
How do we learn to read the Bible from the bottom up? It doesn’t happen when one reads the Bible from the perspective of the top 10% of the people of the world, which is a perspective of wealth and power. Instead we should read the Bible from the perspective of weakness and poverty. Today, because of the upside-down gospel, many Christians have become materialistic. Being rich is measured by how much a person has, how much they possess, not by how much they have given away. We look down on the poor and we equate riches with righteousness.
My goal is to train missionaries to understand contextualization less as a form of hyper-marketing, how to make customers buy their products. They have to see contextualization as helping the poor to acquire a critical analytical ability. They must provide the poor not only the tools for critical analysis (see Pedagogy of the Oppressed) but directly arming the poor with arguments by which to question their ideological and philosophical biases. This means that before they can begin, they must know and be able to define their biases.
We have planted almost 50 churches, all of which are located in the slums, and mobilized more than 60 full-time workers all from the slums, without salary. We are now praying that we will be able to go to India, Indonesia and even the worse slum in Chicago.
Our battle cry is how to go against the tide of white western individualism, by promoting a strong community connection just like those existing in the slums.
Since graduating from BGU's DMin program in 2012, Adéle Booysen has been working in the fields of leadership development and spiritual formation. In addition to supervising dissertations for BGU students, Adele teaches Compassion International's staff leadership development program and does freelance writing. She also teaches Strategic Futuring through Right on Mission Academy, an online vocational seminary. Adele currently lives in Belize and is working on a book concept she calls the Blue Thread Life: Living with an awareness of God's presence throughout life and work.
"BGU contributed so much financially to my education and I will forever be grateful to God and to BGU. I am happy I can contribute, though in small fraction, to what God is doing at BGU.”
On June 4th, 2017, I was installed as the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. After 9 years as an interim pastor in numerous congregations, I am now in a permanent position and able to start working long-term calling our neighborhood to address affordable housing and as BGU has taught me to look for the shalom of all our city.
BGU was a life-changer for me. As I approached my second retirement I knew that there was more God was calling me to do in the next season of my life, but all I could verbalize was that it had something to do with “women and business.” At the age of 65 I chose to begin an MBA degree at BGU. During the next three years of classes God crystallized His vision for me — mentoring women in leadership online. Shortly after graduation three years ago, at the request of Global Advance missions organization, I wrote a small women’s leadership handbook that has been translated and published in nine different languages and used in women’s conferences in twenty different countries. And better yet, I personally have had the opportunity of mentoring women in leadership online in China, India, Nigeria, Cameroon, South Sudan, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Nepal, Thailand, and the U.S.A. Thank you, BGU, for sowing into my life!