By Patrick Nachtigall
It’s hard to believe, but we have just completed our third Three Worlds Leadership Network (3WLN) conference! It has been amazing to watch how quickly this support network for church leaders between the ages of 18 and 45 has grown in just a couple of years. For this year’s event, we had 85 delegates from 16 countries, representing 29 different nationalities. It was wonderful to see all of these sharp, promising young leaders continuing to connect, dreaming up new dreams and visions, and supporting one another.
“Strength in Diversity” was the theme for the event. It was not about gender or racial diversity, but about how many different forms and styles the church can take. We explored together how our different cultures and different churches do evangelism in different styles. It was extremely eye-opening for the attendees to see the great variety of ministry happening in the Church of God in Europe and the Middle East. Our guest speaker was missiologist Richard Tiplady from Scotland. Our 3WLN speaker was Nita Hall from the Tottenham Church of God in London. Her sessions focused on the issue of mental health. And Kelley and Rhonda Philips shared about the unique, out-of-the-box ministry of Pink Door in Berlin.
During 3WLN, the church-planting sub-network called Europe X also had meetings, and the participants were able to get advice from Richard Tiplady. We fully expect to have some new sub-networks emerge in the near future, initiated by young people in the region. Tiplady was extremely impressed with the caliber of young people he met at 3WLN serving in the Church of God and doesn’t know of another network like this one. We were very proud of all the team members that made it possible, especially Audrey Langford (3W—Birkenhead) and Christy Kihm (3W—Netherlands) for their yearlong preparation and direction of this very important event. Thank you for supporting the 3W Leadership Network.
Learn more about Three Worlds and the international ministries of the Church of God at www.chogglobal.org.