When we say that leaders matter, we mean just that. At Global Advance, we are working to train and equip the next generation of indigenous leaders for the Great Commission. As 2016 began, we launched our NextGen initiative, with the goal to help train millennials to lead and contribute their voice to the Great Commission globally. Our effort began with the creation of our NextGen Global Needs Assessment Survey.  We are assessing millennials globally in an effort to learn how best to design the training and tools they need to facilitate what God has put in them to do.

This week, we worked with the Initiative Network in Dallas.  The Initiative Network is a diverse group of young leaders from different churches across the city who are writers, rappers, architects, lawyers, teachers, videographers, and much more. They call themselves a network of young local missionaries who focus on shifting culture by mobilizing millennials. We met with them to conduct our assessment survey and to have the opportunity to engage with NextGen leaders. 

It’s not everyday that you meet someone who says their passions fall somewhere between the intersection of students, the education system, and hiphop, but that’s exactly where Jahmaol Clark, a member of the Initiative Network, finds himself. He says, “To be a local missionary means to do the Great Commission. The Great Commission says to make disciples. It’s so simple. Whatever season you’re in, use that season to disciple others. Take what you know and tell someone else. It’s that simple.” The Initiative Network works with young leaders like Jahmaol, who desire to set an example for believers, regardless of age, and they believe the greatest role model is Christ.

As we engage NextGen leaders, we are looking for the common issues they are facing as they contribute their leadership. As we listen and work to discern what we are learning, a series of 4 common assumptions are beginning to surface:

1.     The deficiency of real, authoritative Gospel preaching and teaching.

2.     The need to bridge the current generational leadership gap.

3.     The facilitation of a pioneering gift or entrepreneurial grace upon millennials.

4.     The notion that church will look different for the next generation.

Our survey will help us filter through these 4 common assumptions to help grow leadership capacity in the emerging generation. The information we receive from around the world will provide a greater degree of understanding, will grow awareness, and will inform our approach. Millennials are the largest generation in the history of the world, and we believe that they’re ready for us to draw out their full potential.

In March, we are traveling to the city of Quito, Ecuador in partnership with Youth Solutions to convene 4000 millennial leaders to participate in taking the Global Advance NextGen Assessment Survey. While we are gathered in Quito, we will be training and encouraging these young leaders. Please pray for Global Advance as we encourage and equip NextGen leaders throughout the world.  They are a vital part of fulfilling the Great Commission. If you want to be a part of supporting our NextGen efforts around the world, please contact us. 

A Co-Laborer for Christ,

Ken Janke

Director of Programs and Partnerships, Global Advance