The SLI Story
Our story has been unfolding since its incorporation as a not-for-profit organization in the year 2000. There were many elements that contributed to the start of SLI but at the heart of this beginning were two lay persons who built deep relationships with their pastor. Over the years they were exposed to spiritual formation practices, ongoing learning, and the practice of leadership in their local church. God’s presence and gifts were put into motion as a community of believers began to dream of what could be.
The on-ramp to the first project was filled with many Gideon like tests, the final catalyst occurred as the founders were praying “please God send us a sign that this dream of SLI is not crazy”. It was in that moment that a young pastor unwittingly asked for help, and the ministry began.
The passion for God and the passion to create healthy leadership environments drove the development of the L3 model of Loving, Learning, and Leading. This model simply mirrored the elements that brought SLI into existence in an intentional way. From the very first project on, SLI has considered itself a learning organization. Now with many hundreds of projects, across 8 denominations, in diverse cultures all over the world, SLI’s ability to learn and grow has become quite significant. SLI’s story is a God story, where ministries of all different types find joy in helping people discover their callings as disciples of Jesus Christ and where leaders leave isolation, distraction and frustration.
We hope that you will join us in this unfolding story. As people entrusted to guide others, we hope you can join us as we learn how to develop our gifts and walk more closely with God. What will result is an increasing number of deployed spiritual leaders living interdependently in community around the world. We believe, with God and this approach, that we will see God’s vision realized as the world experiences immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.