The PeerLeader Forum enables senior leaders of Majority World theological institutions to collaborate on strategic issues, and to counsel with and encourage one another.
Leadership is often lonely and demanding work. Leaders in the Majority World have many responsibilities, but limited resources. It can be a challenge to find space for rest, personal development, and relationship-building with peers – yet, these are essential for productivity and longevity in ministry.
In the West, forums like the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents (FESP) provide opportunities for exchanging ideas and enjoying fellowship. Similarly, the PeerLeader Forum creates space for Majority World theological leaders to learn from and connect with one another in Majority World contexts.
For the last three years, I thought that challenges I am facing like financial ones were unique to me. But when I heard other leaders sharing the same challenges, I felt encouraged… This gave me boldness and hope.
– Participant, 1st Anglophone Africa Forum, Nairobi, Kenya (2014)
In 2012, the 1stFrancophone Africa Forum met in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to discuss leadership succession and creating an evangelical journal. The next year, the 2ndForum reconvened in Cameroon and continued nurturing relationships of trust among participants. In 2014, the 3rdForum focused on “Finishing Well,” building on themes of mentoring and succession from previous meetings. In 2015, the 4thFrancophone Africa Forum explored “Utility and Sustainability” in Libreville, Gabon. The 5thForum met in Lomé, Togo to reflect on “Transitions and Legacy.”
After focusing on “Loneliness in Leadership” in 2014, the Anglophone Africa Forum explored “Leadership and Inner Healing” in 2015 and met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The 3rdForum in Accra, Ghana focused on “Leadership and Transition,” particularly identifying successors, mentoring, and organizational continuity. In 2017, the 4thAnglophone Forum met in Zanzibar, Tanzania to reflect on “God’s Presence in Leadership.”
The inaugural Women’s PeerLeader Forum met in 2017 in Boston, MA. In addition to the loneliness and pressure experienced by all leaders, women sometimes face marginalization, despite their prominent positions. The forum enabled leaders from Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and the Philippines to consult and build relationships with peers, and to reflect on how to build up women in service to the Church. Participating leaders hold roles – such as Provost, Academic Dean, Program Director, and Professor – at various theological institutions in the Majority World, including at three Vital Sustainability client schools.
Inaugural Women’s PeerLeader Forum in Boston, MA (2017)
Praying at the 2nd Anglophone Africa Forum in Ethiopia (2015)
President of Good News Theological College & Seminary, Dr. Thomas Oduro and Wife Jemima Relaxing at the 2nd Anglophone Africa Forum in Ethiopia (2015)
1st Francophone Africa Forum in Côte d’Ivoire (2012)
1st Anglophone Africa Forum in Kenya (2014)
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