ATLANTA — In 2003, 12 people launched an initiative to equip 1 million Christians worldwide with the skills needed to provide leadership for advancing the Great Commission in their communities, workplaces and churches.
Involving one million leaders in the “Million Leaders Mandate,” a project of the non-profit leadership organization EQUIP, was expected to take six years. With the help of ministry partners, local churches, business leaders and 175 volunteer trainers, the mission was accomplished in just three years.
Now EQUIP — with a staff increased to 26 — is starting on its next million — launching Million Leaders Mandate in 43 additional locations around the globe.
“When we launched this initiative, we recognized that this was bigger than all of us,” says John C. Maxwell, founder of EQUIP. “With God’s favor and blessing, we’ve met our initial goal, but the work of leadership development has just begun.”
“EQUIP is renewing its commitment to training relevant, effective Christian leaders,” says EQUIP’s President John Hull. “I’m pleased to announce that we are expanding our efforts to involve an additional one million leaders in the Million Leaders Mandate program by the end of 2006.”
Million Leaders Mandate is already active in more than 60 countries on four continents.
Included in this second phase of the program is a global outreach to regions where the program is just becoming available, including Latin America.
“Million Leaders Mandate came at the right time in my life,” says Joe Gomes of India, a graduate of the unique training program. “I’ve learned a new, godly perspective of leadership — a God-centered leadership style.
“Before, I was pointing my finger at others,” Gomes adds. “I wept before God every night after each day of teaching. I’m thankful for this dynamic leadership training.”
John C. Maxwell
Founded by best-selling author/leadership expert Dr. John C. Maxwell, EQUIP exists to train and empower Christians worldwide with the skills needed to realize their leadership potential, improve their communities, impact their spheres of influence, and ultimately fulfill the Great Commission. Through conferences, leadership curriculum, church partnerships, and technology, EQUIP is working to train millions of Christian leaders worldwide.