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Leadership Development

Bethany Mission Society in India

Rev. Sreenivasa Rao. Chepa, President of Bethany Mission Society (Bethany Mission Society), was introduced to SLI's L3 approach to ministry while working toward his DMin at Asbury Seminary.  He was so impacted by these ideas that he wrote his PhD thesis on this model.  He is now back in India and is teaching other pastors the L3 model.

To really advance his efforts in India he needs to come to SLI's coach training in 2016 but the travel costs are quite high.  If you'd like to help with his travels, please visit our donations page (Donation Page) and click on SLI's Scholarship fund.


Thank and God Bless!

ABIDE Impacted My life

ABIDE has had a wonderful impact on my life. It brought me closer to Christ and through Him I have been able to use the knowledge learned in ABIDE to become a leader in areas where I never felt God could use me before, such as leading my church's ABIDE team and teaching women's groups. Thank you for this program.

In Christ,

Beth Murphy, Team member 
Cedar Grove-Sunshine Charge, NC

Support through the Storm

I found a place where I could share the pain of ministry and find support. I found...a place where we were honest with each other about the difficulty of leading… and received support and encouragement. The [envnironment] enabled me to have the strength and support to stay through the storm to see what might be on the other side. I'm not sure that we are on the other side of the storm yet but, facing the storm together is far better than going it alone.

Amy Shanholtzer, 
Director of Congregational Development
, West Virginia Annual Conference UMC

Grateful for SLI’s Commitment

"I am grateful for SLI's commitment to leadership development. Marrying the principles of spiritual formation with performance coaching, their ministry helps Christian leaders maximize their impact".

Adam Hamilton, Sr. Pastor, 
Church of the Resurrection
, Overland Park, KS

A Bishop’s Perspective

The Northwest Texas Conference began working with SLI several years ago. When we began the contract, I believed SLI would provide a helpful leadership development tool for the pastors in the Conference. SLI designed the process around elements that I considered vital for Church leaders--values, mission, vision and ministry action plans. They designed the process to include covenant relationships and strengthen the spiritual life of the participants. The process produced all of these desired results. Read the rest of this entry »

Not “Just Another Program”

Over the past two years I have been involved with the SLI process at Grace Church through the Southwest District here in the Florida Conference.  I have to admit that I was a little concerned that the experience might just be "another program" which would basically provide me with the same information about the same old thing.  I also entered the SLI process a bit cautiously worried that the focus might simply be a re-packaging of the "church growth" materials we had been bombarded with over the past 15 years.  I participated because I was invited and in turn found that my worries were cast away by the emphasis on developing spiritually healthy leaders seeking to love God, learn together and lead the church into the future.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fun, Informative, Effective

SLI has been the single most important and valuable continuing education experience I have had: it is fun, informative, and effective. It is a lot of fun to get together with the other people in our small groups; we laugh a lot and enjoy a special camaraderie. The SLI experience is packed with valuable strategies and insights for ministry that I have not found anywhere else. I have become a more effective spiritual leader because of it. Best of all, as we have applied the content learned through SLI, many in my congregation who never before viewed themselves as spiritual leaders are becoming exactly that- and they are having a ton of fun doing it.

John Tyson, Sr Pastor, Duck UMC, North Carolina

Growing and Thriving

I serve a church who has had a long history with SLI.  Two projects have been conducted within the congregation, and we engaged a coach to walk along side us during a difficult time in the life of the church.  It was most helpful to have an objective, spirit led third party to help us work through some volatile issues. I personally have enjoyed the resources SLI has provided to help me as a leader, as well as the church to address the current issues and challenges the church faces today.  Our church has turned the corner and is growing and thriving thanks to the guidance we have received from the folks at SLI.

Melissa Shortridge, Pastor, New Martinsville, WV

More Excited about Ministry

The Grace Spiritual Leadership Academy (a project of SLI) has blessed me in so many ways that it will be hard to write them all. So, I will point out only a few.

First, the focus and direction of my ministry is clearer than it has ever been.  Second, I am more excited about ministry now than at any other time in the nearly 35 years I have been serving full-time.  Third, I am watching the Holy Spirit cause ministry to bubble up out of the hearts of ALL God's people, without my having to force it, or push it.  Finally, I am honored to have opportunities to share the biblical principles and practical skills and strategies I have been receiving from SLI, in order to help be part of a movement in the Church to change the world for Jesus Christ.

It doesn't get any better than THIS (although grandchildren might be a close second)!

Mike Loomis, Pastor, FUMC Punta Gorda, Florida

Something Great for God

What impact did the leadership project have on you personally? (your abiding...) The leadership project impacted me in many ways.  The primary way is in my willingness to take more risks (or perhaps simply being more bold) in my leadership.  The strong emphasis on building a team was critical in this taking place.  I no longer feel alone in pushing for new initiatives and ministries.  My boldness has also resulted in being more permission giving to leaders and their ministry ideas.  Although change has never been a comfortable thing for me, I have found that as my leadership has grown my willingness to change and to be a change agent has grown as well.

I highly recommend an SLI leadership project for pastors and churches who no longer want to just dream about doing something great for God, but actually want to do something great for God.  Read the rest of this entry »

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