South Korea (MNN) — Christian business leaders in South Korea are now pioneers in Christian leadership training from Asian Access. How did all start?
Four years ago, President of Asian Access was sharing the ministry’s vision for pastoral leadership training. That’s when a Christian business leader said, “Joe, what you raise money to do for pastors, I will pay you to do for me.”
That got the ball rolling. Handley says, “For the last four years, we have been incubating an idea of converting what we do successfully with pastors, to the marketplace sector.”
What do they do? A2’s vision is to see a vibrant community of servant leaders with vision, character, and competence leading the church across Asia. Pastors and lay leaders have been their focus. Now, they’re not A2’s only focus.
“This past weekend in Seoul, we launched our first cohort training which will be a 2-year training module with CEOs in the city of Seoul,” says Handley.
It’s interesting what’s driving these leaders. Handley says, “Many of them [have] a passion not only for Korea, but for the nations. They look to North Korea. They look to China. They look to the Muslim world as key areas where they would like to invest their lives in.”
While pastors are needed to help churches grow, sometimes business leaders can help get the Gospel into difficult areas.
Mission organizations have tried mastering Business as Mission, or Kingdom business. Some have succeeded, but Handley says studies suggest that “those that are doing mission in the midst of their business are actually proving to be quite successful. Whereas, those of us that have been more in the missionary game trying to do business have been less effective.”
The bottom line is: they’re learning to be better Christian business leaders and missional entrepreneurs–business leaders engaged in mission.
Handley says they’re planning to launch similar programs in China and India, which could have a profound impact on the church. “We’re looking for venture philanthropy gifts to get this set up and running.”
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