By Jim Pool & Kim Frolander
Our churches, our families, our workplaces, our cities, rise and fall on the tide of leadership. Quality leadership matters. Faithful leadership matters. This year at the Vineyard Missions Leaders’ Meeting, we’ll consider best practices for cultivating fruitful longevity in missions leadership, from seasoned veterans and passionate partnership leaders and workers in the field. And, in keeping with our theme from the National Conference, we’ll explore the activity of the Holy Spirit in the life of a leader with special guest keynote speaker, Jackie Pullinger. So grab a cup of coffee, gather up your team, and join the conversation on Multiplying Leaders for Missions.
From the conference, all worship times and main sessions* will once again be available live and free for you and your teams to join us in getting inspired by what God is doing in the hearts of the nations and through leaders and congregations of our Vineyard tribe all over the world. Monday night September 30th is Big Day One, and the live feed will highlight each main session through Thursday night. Like last year, we will stream using Facebook Live from our Vineyard Missions USA Facebook page.
Three-Year Learning Arc
This is the first of a three-year learning arc on leadership development: the Holy Spirit and Self-Leadership, Developing Leaders in our Immediate Context, Multiplying Leaders Cross-Culturally. Morning sessions this year will tend to focus on the interior work of self-leadership, on becoming the kind of leader who begins to naturally multiply leaders, while the evening sessions will tend to highlight vision and the outward and Holy Spirit activity in our leadership development. These sessions will be inspirational, formational, and practical, as we grow in becoming missions leaders in whatever context God has placed us, co-laboring with God to see more of heaven on earth.
If you’re a missions leader joining us live, let the MLM be one of the first rhythms of life that you add to your calendar for these three years as we purposefully step forward in developing those leadership gifts God has placed on deposit in our lives. If you’re not joining us on-site, set aside time the first week in October as an appointment with the Lord and (hopefully) your missions teams to gather and learn together, to take note of where you and your individual team members are at on your journeys into leadership. It’ll be worth the investment!
How can I use the MLM live-stream?
Well, we’re glad you asked. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started. (If you think of something else, let us know how you are using MLM live-stream.)
Help your local-church team refresh their vision for missions and missional living by setting up the live stream on a big screen at home or your church for your teams to worship and hear the messages together.
Piggyback on the momentum and excitement from this summer’s National Conferences and our time with the Holy Spirit to draw your teams together for times of leadership development under the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Can’t spend the whole week together? Schedule just one evening that looks especially helpful or convenient for your team (or you) (See the line up here) and share a meal together before or after. If you advertise a few weeks ahead in the main church service, you may pick up a newbie or two with a previously unknown interest in missions!
Send the link to your team members or staff along with the schedule of speakers and a personal note inviting them to watch at least one specific session--or different sessions--and dialogue afterward with you about their takeaways and suggestions for implementation in your congregation.
Gear-up for an exciting new year of connecting with your partnership churches by hosting a meeting to talk about sending a team(s) in 2019 after your missions-interested folks have been invited to watch the MLM on their own at home.
Share thoughts and photos of you or your missions teams watching the MLM on social media using the hashtag #VineyardMLM2019.
Ideas to Use Post-MLM Debriefing
Watch as much of the MLM as you can, and set up a debrief conversation with someone you know from your region who was there live or watching the live stream. Talk together about your observations of what God is doing among the nations where you are serving.
The MLM is consistently one of the most valuable resources available to our Vineyard Missions community. It is when the nitty-gritty conversations and advice about boots-on-the-ground missions are shared. If you have a specific question, chances are it will be answered at the MLM. We’ll see you there!
*A note: As usual, the cameras won’t be running live during our Regional Spotlights for the safety of those who work and live in hotspots. This leaves viewers at home hanging for 10 minutes or so. Think of it not as what you’re missing, but an opportunity to re-fill your glass or grab a snack which live-attenders don’t have.
For the schedule of speakers and topics, click here.