Global Advance recently held our first NextGen Conference in the capital city of Thimphu, Bhutan. A total of 103 leaders were trained…
"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 – 12 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 current and 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. Consider partnering with us by hosting a future Days with David event.
Building a kingdom coalition is hard work. At Global Advance, we have spent the past three years investing in high capacity leaders in eight nations located in South Asia known as SAARC. It came as a big idea from God to accelerate the Great Commission through partnerships and collaboration in this region. We felt God’s invitation to step out in faith and begin a massive Kingdom advance into the SAARC nations of Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, and the Maldives.
These SAARC countries represent a high concentration of unreached peoples, hostility towards the Gospel, and present financial and logistical challenges. Despite these challenges, a massive harvest potential of lives yet to be transformed by the power of the Gospel resides within South Asia.
In February of this year we convened these high capacity leaders in Sri Lanka. The 2018 SAARC Summit was a vital gathering to continue the work of strengthening relationships for the purpose of these leaders sharing resources and ministry strengths to fulfill our common vision. We recognize that this act alone goes against the tradition and culture of this region. However, we are seeing a powerful movement of God take place.
This big idea is rooted in our desire to see a spiritual breakthrough to the over 2 billion people in the SAARC region who have little to no exposure to the Gospel. In partnership with these leaders, Global Advance has made a 10-year commitment to train leaders, as well as to produce and distribute resources and discipleship tools for the advance of the Great Commission.
To accomplish this task, we are working with each national team to create deliberate, bold, and focused evangelistic initiatives in each of the eight nations. The indigenous national leaders are designing the strategies that are most effective. Together as a coalition, we want to see the planting of over 15,000 churches in SAARC over the next few years.
The opportunity lies before us and the groundwork has been laid. Now trust has been established. Synergy and passion is in play to boldly advance the Gospel throughout our SAARC network. A plan to equip South Asian frontline pastors and church planters has been formed, and the network has established teams that are already multiplying. In each nation, a multi-pronged holistic approach is being implemented to equip Kingdom leaders and Church planters, and our Alpha Relief Initiative has become a supply line for the front line of the Gospel's advance.
Your partnership with Global Advance positions you to participate in this big idea from God. Thank you for praying, giving, and sending us to empower frontline leaders for the Great Commission. Please continue to support the SAARC Initiative at Global Advance.
Paula Togni carries a personality you can't easily forget, but her energetic demeanor and warm Brazilian embrace are just friendly introductions to the deeply compassionate servant leadership she brings to her church and community. She's a wife, a mom, and an entrepreneur, who also happens to be pursuing her doctorate in Transformational Leadership and Cultural Transformation.
Paula is a woman of God on a mission for God.
Her passion? To propel leaders forward to help them accomplish their God-given dreams.
Several years ago Paula began training local marketplace leaders as a marketing and business consultant, but it didn’t take long for God to deposit a more intentional gospel-focused dream in her heart. It was at that time that Paula was introduced to Global Advance. God used this new Kingdom partnership to solidify her Marketplace Missions vision not only for her business but her entire nation. A Kingdom Business Network was launched in her church, and Paula began coordinating the first of many Global Advance Marketplace Missions Conferences. As a result, Christian business leaders across Brazil have been empowered to impact their churches and communities, and many in their influence have received Jesus as their Savior.
God is now expanding Paula’s vision to reach her community for Christ by incorporating multiple Global Advance initiatives into her ministry outreach in a local favela (slum) just outside of Porto Alegre. In a place where extreme poverty, drug rings, and violence compromise the physical and spiritual health of its people, local church, and marketplace leaders are coming together in unity to offer hope, healing, and community transformation through job skills training and the message of Jesus Christ. After hosting a second Esther Initiative Conference last year and launching hundreds of women leaders into mentoring relationships through our Esther Mentoring Track, Paula now dreams of an expanded training center in the favela where her team can continue to empower women and children to fully realize their identity, worth, and purpose in Christ.
We return to Porto Alegre in June 2018 where an expected 1,200 women from all over Brazil will gather for our third Esther Initiative conference. This multi-faceted event includes the strategic training of high capacity regional leaders; then the focus turns to putting this leadership training into action through a three-day social engagement ministry in the favela. Two additional conferences - national NextGen Engagement and Marketplace training - will follow this year under Paula's leadership. That brings the total number of frontline leaders trained in Brazil to over 2,500 in this year alone. Global Advance is providing the practical and spiritual support to stand-out leaders like Paula, empowering them to build relationships, identify local assets, and own the dreams God has given them to transform their communities for Christ.
When Paula was nine years old, God gave her a dream to become a missionary. Today, Paula is indeed going into all the world and advancing the Gospel as she represents Global Advance on the front lines of Brazil.
As mentioned, we have three training events in Brazil in 2018. Would you consider partnering with Global Advance on one of these events? Your support will have a far-reaching impact as we lock arms with Paula and her team to bring the transforming power of God to her nation.
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.