Empowering Young Leaders to be agents of change

Written by Kelvin Yatich

June 18, 2024

Empowering Young Leaders to be agents of change

The Bible Society of Kenya successfully launched the second cohort of the Catalysing Leadership programme on June 6th to 8th 2024 at the All-Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) in Nairobi.
The training aims at equipping young leaders aged 18-35 years with Biblical leadership skills. The 6 months training follows the curriculum guidelines developed by British and Foreign Bible Societies (BFBS) and covers nine modules.
The first three modules included Discovering Leadership, Biblical Vision of Mentorship and Leadership Ethics. Prof. Mumo Kisau led the first session and delved deeper into the topic of discovering leadership. He noted that a catalysed leader is one who influences others. He added that a leader must be careful not to mislead or be misled in their areas of leadership. He added that leadership is a calling and it’s God who gives wisdom to the people he appoints.
Other facilitators for the sessions included Biblical Vision of Mentorship and Leadership Ethics led by Mr. Duncan Juma and Dr. Jacque Mutua respectively. Here are some quotes from the speakers.
Leaders should be agents of change where they serve – Mr. Duncan Juma
God can use what we go through to accomplish His purpose in our lives – Mr. Duncan Juma
Leadership is a calling and an appointment – Prof. Mumo Kisau
A catalysed leader is one who influences others positively – Prof. Mumo Kisau
Ethical leadership qualities include transparency, justice, respect for others and leading by example – Dr. Jacque Mutua
Discussions revolved around themes like servant leadership, ethical decision-making, and fostering unity – all grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Interactive workshops allowed participants to grapple with real-world scenarios from their own communities.
One particularly impactful session focused on the concept of “stewardship,” the responsibility to care for God’s creation. Prof. Mumo also mentioned that Noah was an outstanding leader due to his obedience and he challenged the youth to be obedient to authority.
By the week’s end the youth weren’t just equipped with knowledge; they were ignited by a burning desire to serve.

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