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With U.S. elections approaching this fall, the topic of leadership is forefront in national discussions. The characteristics of excellent leaders are in hot debate. Timely and relevant questions are “What are qualities of a good leader?” and “How does a leader get better?” Willow Creek Association (WCA) drives relevant conversations about leadership and presents solutions to leadership challenges through its catalytic Global Leadership Summit. Hosted by MLF and Christ United Methodist August 11th – 12th. Come Join Us!
Among headlining 2016 faculty are:
• Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
• John C. Maxwell, leadership expert, coach and bestselling author of Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters
• Alan Mulally, president and CEO of The Ford Motor Company from 2006-2014
• Patrick Lencioni, founder of The Table Group, best-selling author of 10 business books, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Scheduled 2016 Summit topics include ways to execute ideas, accelerate teamwork and grow emotional intelligence. Additional notable 2016 faculty who will deliver vision, inspiration and practical skills are:
• Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0
• Jossy Chacko, founder and president, Empart Inc.
• Wilfredo De Jesús, senior pastor, New Life Covenant Church, author of In the Gap
• Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House, author of Destiny: Step into Your Purpose and producer of Miracles from Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner
• Chris McChesney, executive at Franklin Covey, author of The 4 Disciplines of Execution
• Erin Meyer, professor at INSEAD business school, author of The Culture Map
• Horst Schulze, CEO Capella Hotel Group and founding president, The Ritz-Carlton Group
• Danielle Strickland, Salvation Army officer, advocate and author of A Beautiful Mess
Bill Hybels, founder of The Global Leadership Summit and senior pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, opens and hosts the two-day event. Anticipated by thousands of attendees, this year’s Summit will be held on August 11/12. Join Memphis Leadership Foundation for the 7th consecutive year at Christ United Methodist Church as the GLS Faculty deliver a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can instantly apply. For the MLF rate of $89.00 per participant (through July 1), you’ll be presented with countless opportunities to sharpen your leadership skills and unleash the full potential of your team. After July 1 the rate will increase to $119.00 per person. To proceed, please send email reservation with the following information for each registrant.
Contact Email Address:
*** Please note that Willow Creek requires the above information for each individual participant to complete the registration process.
Please send check payable to:
Memphis Leadership Foundation
1548 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Att: Chermella Meyers
** Please do not staple your check.
The Memphis Cook Convention Center and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau partner to host the first ever Great River Indoor Food Truck Festival and Marketplace March 26th from 10am to 6pm. Spend your Saturday enjoying
-delicious food from 14+ local food trucks
-a craft beer garden featuring local and regional brews
-amazing live music from no fewer than EIGHT local artists!
-a marketplace featuring a curated eclectic mix of local vendors selling vintage and handmade goods!
Enjoy food and music in the company of some of the coolest organizations and small businesses in town! You can’t miss this local lovin’ Memphis fun.
Live music performed by
Deering and Down
Mason Jar Fireflies
Peter Hyrka and the Gypsy Hombres
Blind Mississippi Morris
Memphis Ukelele Band
Southside Supper Club
This summer like every summer is a busy season of engaging youth, building houses and working with former felons through the Life Transformation program. Below is a list of some of the programs the ministries of the Memphis Leadership Foundation has happening this summer.
13 Individuals will be graduating from Economic Opportunities (EcOp) Life Transformation Program Thursday, June 18th.
EcOp has recently partnered with several corporations to expand their workforce development program.
MultiNational Ministries students are attending VBS, nature camp and swim classes.
Mediation Restitution/Reconciliation Services (MARRS) case load doubles during the summer. Do you have what it takes to assist in mediating cases?
Excel Scholarship and Leadership Program kicked off their next cadre 9 young adults working at For the Kingdom Camp for a week. They will gather during the remainder of the summer for training session before college starts.
Operation Hope is hosting a summer camp for youth in grades 6th – 8th. They are expecting 50 kids to take part in this camp.
Heart to Heart staff will be taking students from Youth Villages’ on tours and to Redbird’s games this summer.
Emmanuel Center is finishing up their Summer Camp and headed soon to St. Louis for a Cardinals’ game as well as to the Arch, Zoo and Six Flags.
Earlier this month RedZone Ministries took 24 youth to Sharp Top, Young Life Camp in Georgia and will leave for Kids Across America July 12th.
If you would like to get involved, please call us at 901-729-2931.
Zechariah 8:4 & 5 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.’”
The city as playground or battleground?! I like the former! And that’s exactly what we are doing at MLF.
Did you know that over half of all Americans live in 42 places and Memphis is one of those places? And, that 75% of all Americans live in cities/towns with populations over 50,000? Or that half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas? And, of course you know, that while the Bible starts in a garden, it ends in a city (see).
We discover that there is a pro urban bias in Scripture. Cities are cited throughout with over 100 different cities named. Of course, some of the cities seem notorious at first. Take Sodom for example. Sodom is associated with all matter of evil. Yet, as we carefully read Genesis 18, we find that the city would have been spared had there been but 10 righteous people there. Have you ever stopped to wonder that the presence of God’s people can preserve cities? Of course, this is only possible as God’s people actively engage their city as salt (preservers) and light (beacons of hope). Or we meet the city of Babylon in the pages of Scripture, and, like Sodom, remember it for the evil it did to God’s chosen people. Yet in Jeremiah’s prophecy the Israelites in exile there were told to pray for the city, to build houses, plant gardens and raise their children and “to seek the shalom of the city into which I have sent you into exile, for in its shalom you will find your shalom.”(Jeremiah 29:7 Hebrew Names Version)
The question then might be, “does God love Memphis?” I answer with a resounding “yes.” God’s people are here, all over the place. We have more churches in Memphis than you can shake a stick at. We might even be close to being the ‘buckle’ of the so called “Bible belt.” But are we engaging our city? Are we salt and light? Or are we living in fear? Do we see our city as a playground or battle ground?
We must engage. We after all are called salt and light for a reason. And that’s what MLF has been doing for the past 27 years and will continue to do in the future. Help us and the thousands of churches and nonprofit organizations make Memphis a playground and not a battle ground…a city more like Zechariah’s vision.
We are all leaders.
The Pastor with vibrant ministry, the volunteer serving people in need
The business executive headlining magazines, the social entrepreneur with an idea and a dream
The teacher impacting future leaders, the parent balancing a career and family
No matter where you lead, the Summit is a world-class experience to help you get better and embrace your grander vision -the reason God called you to lead.
Join an expected 260,000 leaders around the world at The Global Leadership Summit 2015.
The Memphis Leadership Foundation and I have been involved with John Perkins and the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) he founded since 1989. There are eight principles that govern CCDA’s ministry philosophy: relocation, reconciliation, redistribution, leadership development, listening to the community, church-based community development, wholistic ministry and empowerment. Over the next few blogs, I want to explore these with you as it pertains to seeking the shalom of our city. And since the national CCDA conference is coming to Memphis in November at the Convention Center, it’s our way of introducing you to some 3,000 of our friends doing God’s work in cities across the world. I’ll tackle relocation next week…till then: Shalom!
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