The NGLC was founded in 2003 by Dr. Jim and Sterling O’Neill. It was formed in response to the evident need to allow younger leaders space and time in capacity building for ministry. This is crucial so they could explore areas of mission, leadership, community, need, struggle, weakness suffering and pain.
The Next Gen event is a weeklong leadership conference framed around assisting younger leaders as they develop their spiritual formation and soul care skills, learn to lead from a healthy position and develop missional skills as they serve Jesus and His Gospel in the global theater.
The Center for Global Mission seeks to fulfill its mission statement by means of the following activities:
- Equipping emerging leaders to serve in the global theater of mission
- Partnering with North American minority church leaders to stimulate mission among this community of believers
- Creating and sustaining partnerships between Majority World leaders in and North American missional movements
- Inspiring and equipping student leaders on university campuses in North America by facilitating consultations and congresses toward a passionate missional impulse
- Facilitating mission exposures for North American Christians through short-term trips and training modules
- Providing for retreats and training toward spiritual formation and the integration of theology, mission, and doxology with emerging leaders
Training next generation younger leaders is the intent behind the Emerging Leaders Conference. The central ideal behind training and mentoring younger missional leaders was birthed out of my experiences in leading a great historic ministry that was in need of organizational change.
I realize my experience was not unique. Many young leaders find themselves rising in leadership within their respective organizations. They too would benefit from mentors assisting them in their leadership capacities. It is our hope through the Emerging Leaders Conference that we can bring mentors to help train and equip younger leaders in the tasks that God has set before them.