Strengthening Christian Leadership Brings Hope to India
The idea of leading from your strengths was a brand new concept to Binu Varghese, pastor and associate director for The Global Leadership Summit in India. He first heard the idea from Summit faculty, Marcus Buckingham.
Marcus said people spend too much time trying to fix their weaknesses rather than focusing on their strengths.
Binu took this idea back to his office, and started looking seriously at his strengths, and how God could use them to impact his work. “I immediately saw progression in my career and in my ministry,” says Binu. “I went from strength to strength, to a point where I was overseeing 2,000 people in human resource management. I realized, working from your strengths really matters!”
In the last three years, Binu has used his passion for the Church along with his strengths to get involved in expanding the GLS to cities across India. He hopes to see more Christians leading from their strengths to bring transformation into their communities.
As a result, he and his team are finding success. In the 2017/2018 Summit season, they scheduled 84 events across the country!
Strengthening the Church to be the hope of the world
“It has been a great opportunity to go from city to city and meet leaders,” says Binu. “When we present to them that the local church is the hope of the world when it is working right, it really connects with people. I have seen it connect in every corner of India. People realize they have a role. I am privileged to be part of this team so I can inspire and challenge people.
“The GLS gives leaders an opportunity to stretch their thinking, and do something beyond what they have already been doing. And I’m so glad to be able to give leaders access to this world-class leadership training in their own language!”
Strengthening leadership in the Church is crucial
Though Christianity existed in India for 2000 years, it stayed in a small pocket of the country. It’s only been in the last few hundred years that Christianity has really grown. Even now, there are a lot of first generation Christians coming to the Summit. For these new Christian leaders and pastors, leadership becomes very crucial for the Church. “These churches are right in the middle of many communities that are embracing this new faith,” says Binu. “We have an opportunity to give them a platform to come to together to learn and gain practical, actionable leadership tools right where they are. As a result, we have seen people raise their level of leadership, raise their standards and impact their community and service.
“We want to see Christians influence the country and the community. We want to see Christians influencing every sector, whether it’s business, politics, education, everything. We want to see credible Christian influence across the country.”
Thank you for supporting leaders like Binu, and strengthening Christian leadership in India
I just want to tell you the Summit is a great opportunity. Coming from a country like India, we embrace this. I have seen leaders, people of all kinds, embracing it whole heartedly. They see this as an opportunity, a resource, a tool they can leverage in their community. So my challenge to all of you is take it and embrace it. There are great things we have seen God do in India and this can happen anywhere as God moves. Thank you!