"A truly successful life is measured not by its duration but by its direction; not by its parties but by its purpose; not by what was amassed but by what was dispersed; not by the embracing of things but by embracing the One Thing - to love Jesus supremely and to make Him loved by people everywhere. " - David Shibley
In 2000, when Global Advance Founder David Shibley was 50 years old, he sensed a mandate to begin to “give back” in gratitude for all the Lord has allowed him to do. In Dr. Shibley's words, “I felt a distinct call to download to the next generation of ministers the big things in life and ministry the Lord had taught me or is still teaching me.”
From this deeply personal conviction, Days with David was born.
Days with David is a gathering where Dr. Shibley unpacks his most valuable lessons from over 50 years of vocational ministry. For two days at a time at the Global Advance headquarters, he downloads this rich wisdom with the laser-focused mission of investing in and inspiring emerging young leaders.
The group is purposely kept small; each Days with David session typically hosts between 8 – 15 young leaders. Participants are recommended by pastors of partnering churches with Global Advance, and attendance is by invitation only. The target demographic of this unique offering is young people - usually under the age of 40 - who are specifically called to vocational ministry.
Over 150 young men and women have attended Days with David weekends since they began 18 years ago.
The Days with David training format covers dozens of subjects under three big themes:
- Starting Well - Foundations
- Serving Well - Disciplines
- Finishing Well - Legacy
Sessions are in a dialog format. Although Dr. Shibley covers a defined curriculum of material, participants are encouraged to engage with the teaching throughout the weekend and to approach Dr. Shibley at any time with questions or comments.
The intentional training structure and warm, personal setting allow for just that.
"This is one of the most gratifying things I do in ministry. From now until I see Jesus, I want everything I do in ministry to be trans-generational. I leave these weekends mentally exhausted, but very happy and grateful."
Today, a collection of photos line the walls of the Global Advance offices - memories of past Days with David gatherings and the fruitful ministry that has emerged since. Each photo tells a story, packed with beautiful reminders of God's faithfulness in using one man and his bold decision 18 years ago to give back intentionally. Dozens of testimonies have rolled in throughout the years, much like the one participant who, with tears in his eyes, thanked Dr. Shibley saying, “I feel like I just cheated on life. It’s like I just received a 25-year head start!” A walk by the photo collage is an encouragement to press on; to continue investing well and making much of Jesus as long as we have today.
Global Advance is engaging the next generation of kingdom leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. They are the future leaders of the Church and the key to advancing the gospel in every sphere of culture. Training next generation leaders helps bridge the leadership gap, and ensures a successful leadership handoff.
Days with David continues to download a legacy of leadership to the next generation because we have been entrusted with the gospel. Please PRAY for our first ever Days with David for Pastors event on August 16, 2018, and consider partnering with us by hosting a future Days with David event.