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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.
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.
Growing up, I was led to believe this passage was to be understood only on a personal level. That is, I was to seek God’s kingdom on an individual level and not worry about much else. What I failed to see is that this passage also speaks to us as the people of God. In other words, not only am I to pursue God in my own life, but I am to seek God’s kingdom in our city, in partnership with all followers of Christ in that pursuit. There’s a personal and a corporate reality to this endeavor.
We launched the Memphis Leadership Foundation twenty-seven years ago with this pursuit in mind. We set out to empower urban leaders who in turn would seek to build God’s kingdom throughout broken communities. On the next pages you will see a thumbnail sketch of how that has played out.
John Perkins, the “father of Christian Community Development,” and I had a conversation about starting MLF when we were both doing ministry in southern California. We noticed that there were many passionate men and women with great ideas about ministry to gang members, ex-offenders, the homeless, “at-risk” youth, the unemployed, the medically under-served, and the list goes on…yet were often unable to gather necessary resources or partners to get off the ground, much less become sustainable over time.
We’ve been able to help launch a number of ministries since 1987. Sometimes, it’s simply hearing an idea, shaping it and providing an “umbrella” for the ministry to operate until they are able to get their own tax exempt status, form a board of directors and increase their fundraising capacity. Sometimes, it took some “seed money” from MLF to launch. And at other times, it meant collaborating with other organizations to pull off an idea, like the Memphis Center For Urban Theological Studies (MCUTS) which was a collaborative effort involving MLF, Hope Christian Community Foundation, Second Presbyterian and Hope Presbyterian Churches and the Neighborhood Christian Centers.
But however we helped, the “cause” was always the same: seeking God’s kingdom in Memphis. God has used the MLF platform to transform countless lives in Memphis and we are humbled that he has used us in his agenda.
Over the last several months, the MLF Board of Directors has approved expanding the administrative services we provide to other ministries in the city. What many fail to realize is that “back office” support for urban ministries is absolutely crucial if they are to succeed long-term. Again, John Perkins and I realized that the need for fiscal integrity, good financial accounting and reporting, audits, etc. were crucial if a ministry was to attract board members, donors or foundation grants. The business/accounting staff of MLF is second to none in providing these services and we are now offering these services to more ministries in the city. We believe that with the economies of scale we enjoy, we can reduce administrative overhead for many of these ministry leaders.
We will continue, with your financial help and partnership, to seek His Kingdom in our city, equipping leaders to incarnate the Gospel in communities of need throughout Memphis.
In His Service,
The Excel Leadership and Scholarship Program is focused on helping emerging urban leaders gain the support, training, and assistance they need to succeed in college. We are excited to announce our 2014 Excel Scholars who will be a part of the program starting in fall of 2014. These Scholars were selected by the Excel program and their Universities to receive the scholarship and be a part of the Excel program. They participated in an extensive application and interview process. They have received training and participated in service opportunities as they prepare for college. We are very pleased and proud of their hard work and efforts. We pray for great success in their next four years of study.
2014 EXCEL SCHOLARS
Angel Sims-Shack-Graduated Southwind. Will be attending Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
Bry’Anah Dorsey-Graduated Soulsville Academy. Will be attending Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
Caitlin Douglas-Graduated Home life Academy. Will be attending Union University in Jackson.
Cortez Brown-Graduated Soulsville Academy. Will be attending Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
Jaren Johnson-Graduated Arlington. Will be attending Union University in Jackson.
Jessica Dominguez-Graduated Central High. Will be attending Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
Joshua Jenkins-Graduated Soulsville Academy. Will be attending Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
Juan Vazquez-Graduated Collegiate School. Will be attending Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
Meah Hill-Graduated Germantown High. Will be attending Union University in Jackson.
Tanquesha Mills-Graduated Soulsville Academy. Will be attending Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
Tyler Rankins-Graduated Soulsville Academy. Will be attending Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
Zakeya Stewart- Graduated Brighton High. Will be attending Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
Students who were offered the Excel Scholarship but will be attending other Universities are:
Magaly Cruz-Kingsbury, Corey Eldredge-Soulsville, Ke’von Eskridge-Overton,Alandria Ivory-Soulsville, Kristopher Lloyd-Soulsville, and Kenia Moreno-Soulsville.
Everybody has influence and the responsibility to lead well.
Memphis Leadership Foundation along with Christ United Methodist Church is hosting the Willow Creek’s Global Summit for the fifth consecutive year. Join more than 190,000 leaders around the world via satellite for a two-day, world-class experience that will challenge, equip and inspire you.
Here’s how you can sign up. MLF has seventy five tickets at the discount rate of $79.00 until Monday, July 7, 2014. The Willow Creek current rate range between $159 – $249. Please contact Chermella Meyers via email to reserve your tickets by June 23rd. We have limited spots at this price point, payment for reserved tickets are due to Memphis Leadership Foundation no later than Monday July 7, 2014. After Monday, July 7th discount rate increases to $109.00 per person.
If you are planning to join us…. For each registrant, please provide the following information via email:
Title (Mr., Mrs., or Ms.)
Name (First and Last)
The 2014 GLS Event will take place at Christ United Methodist Church August 14-15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We encourage you to come and experience this very cost effective professional development opportunity and gain leadership insights from Bill Hybels, Tyler Perry, Jeffrey Immelt, Susan Cain, Wilfredo De Jesús, Patrick Lencioni, Carly Fiorina, Ivan Satyavrata, Joseph Grenny, Don Flow, Allen Catherine Kagina, Louie Giglio, Erica Ariel Fox, and our very own board member and friend Bryan Loritts.
Sign up today! Please Make Checks Payable to:
Memphis Leadership Foundation
1548 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
ATTN: Chermella Meyers
REF: Global Leadership Summit 2014
At Refugee Empowerment Program, we delight in welcoming the “stranger” as Jesus taught us to do in Matthew 25:35. All of us have strangers that live among us and each of us has been a stranger at some time in our lives. Do you take the time to get to know the strangers in your neighborhood who may look, dress or speak differently than you do? You may be surprised to know that over 200 “strangers” immigrate to our city each year seeking refuge from war, poverty, and other desolate conditions in their homeland. Many of these have very little understanding of the American culture and need help acclimating to our city and to our culture.
Since 2002, REP has been helping to educate, equip, encourage and empower these survivors—both adults and youth–to rebuild their lives through our afterschool program, adult ESL classes, childcare, and community outreach programs. Through the relationships that are being developed and the skills learned in these programs, REP is not only breaking down the barriers that once separated us, but are also helping prepare the youth and adults to live successfully in their new home.
You can join us in showing Jesus’ love to our new neighbors by serving as after-school tutor, small group mentor, adult ESL instructor, pre-GED instructor or childcare assistant. We provide training and flexible commitments.
Contact us at RefugeeEmpowermentProgram@gmail.com or visit our website at www.REPmemphis.org.
1548 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: (901) 729-2931
Fax: (901) 729-2933