Shaping the way forward: ILC to be held in New Providence
Leadership strategies that build connection with the children and the youth they serve, and leaders equipped to return to their offices, churches, communities and homes confident that they can shape a better future today, are expected to be the takeaways for participants in the upcoming International Leadership Conference (ILC), which for the first time in its history will be held outside Canada, and in New Providence.
The purpose of the conference is to bring together leaders to discuss strategies that can shape the future of homes, churches and nations by bridging the generation gap; and to develop transformational leaders who can connect with children and youth to shape their development during their formative years of age one to age 15.
ILC 2019 is sponsored by Connecting the Generations International, a faith-based nonprofit. They believe that when the generational divide is bridged and generations connected, children are given a framework in which to grow – considering there are five generations living, working, playing, worshipping and studying together – traditionalists, baby boomers, generation X, millennials and generation Z.
ILC officials say this means that the one skill every transformational leader must possess must be how to connect with each of the generations, and how to get them to connect with one another. They say if you’re not connecting as a policymaker, pastor, community leader or parent, then you’re not leading and you’re not shaping the future.
At ILC, leaders from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and The Bahamas will come together for two nights of lectures and a full day of workshops to explore ways to engage the five generations.
Shelton Beneby, the conference coordinator, will speak to casting the vision during the opening on Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Hector Rodriguez – adjunct faculty at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts, and at the Spanish Eastern School of Theology, New York – will lecture on the conference theme of connecting the generations through engagement. He will also lead off a full day on Friday, June 28 at 9 a.m., presenting on the topic “Transformational leadership”.
Dr. Kathryn Creasy, executive director of leadership development and discipleship at the Center for Biblical Leadership in Tennessee, will conduct the session on leadership that engages children: “Becoming a Leader who Serves Children”.
Dr. Clayton Martin and Sonia Martin, a husband-and-wife team that serves as general presbyter of churches in the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean islands, will examine the practical and theoretical aspects of leadership that engage families: “Building an Intergenerational Leadership Team”.
Lorenzo Charlicombe, youth services manager in the Ministry of Children, Community and Youth Services for the province of Ontario in Canada, will discuss leadership that engages communities, with focus on the disconnected and former inmates in our communities: “Connecting the Disconnected to Their Communities”.
Bishop Woodroe Thompson, host of the Canadian television show “Let’s Talk”, will lead a roundtable of five panelists – John Ferguson of Big Harvest Sunday School; Reverend Janice Honore, chaplain; Philip Beneby, co-director of Street Reach; Shelton “Apple” Burrows, director of Project TIME; and Eldora Beneby, a counsellor in cognitive behavioral therapy – in identifying the elements any program must have if it is to engage communities effectively.
Dr. Lennox Walker, administrative bishop of the Church of God for Ontario, Canada, will address the topic “Keys to radical engagement in this generation” as five generations come together in spoken word, music, dance, fashion and the arts.
Bishop Dr. Franklin Ferguson will bring ILC to a close with a service on Sunday, June 30 at 11:30 a.m., speaking to the topic “Servant leadership in God’s new society”.
ILC is a biennial meeting founded by Bishop Shelton L. Beneby in 2015.