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Training Youth Leaders Worldwide

Tim and AnnetteWith roughly 52 percent of the world’s population being under the age of 30, training youth and their leaders is essential to the Great Commission. Leadership catalyzes and sustains transformation, so training and serving leaders is an integral part of the One Challenge ethos. Who these leaders are changes in different nations, communities, and situations.

With nearly two-thirds of the mission force coming from non-Western countries, One Challenge workers Tim and Annette are global nomads. And, with 427 million people in 31 countries speaking Spanish, the need for training in Spanish is paramount. In 2015 their work took them from Argentina to the Philippines, from Spain to Zimbabwe. Their goal: for youth leaders to mature in Christ and be equipped to serve the youth of their communities holistically with a Christ-centered focus.

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Training through YouTube, Facebook…

YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, blogs — the first place younger generations look for advice or resources. One website where Tim and Annette post resources,, is entirely in Spanish. Tim and Annette minister through the Internet and facilitate learning in person. In 2015 they (with partners) trained 1,122 youth leaders at 11 events in eight different countries.

youth groupTim and Annette aren’t content with merely passing on information. They aim at Holy Spirit empowered transformation, so they are intentional about both the media and the message of their ministry. For example, Tim explains: “Creating a team is one of the key principles we teach. Jesus modeled teamwork with his disciples. He invested his life deeply in a small group of willing people who did the same with others, thus multiplying exponentially the investment and — in Jesus’ case — the impact. Because teamwork is such a high value, we lead our workshops as a team with two to four trainers.”

Using Jesus’ ministry as a model, it came as no surprise when a young Zambian leader contacted Tim through Facebook to update him on the implementation of the training. He shared that he’d applied the training and built a ministry team.

plane tripWith a suitcase as their closet and a backpack as their office, Tim and Annette have a unique lifestyle and ministry. They are just another vivid expression of One Challenge’s mission of serving, equipping, and connecting the body of Christ and its leaders to advance God’s kingdom among all people.

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Training youth leaders

Tim and Annette are back in Argentina until early June, teaching at the EJ Institute in Buenos Aires. Tim says: “If we’ve learned anything over the last seven years since it began, it’s that the most important piece to what we do is the quality of the people we’re working with.”

The best teachers in history have highlighted this same point: Paul encouraged Timothy to entrust to reliable people what he had learned from Paul; in the parable of the sower Jesus reminded his disciples that the state of the soil determines what happens to the seed planted there. And it is the part of our work that we have the least control over.

Tim and Annette are praying for students who:

  • …love Jesus and are intentional about seeing the world with his eyes and being his hands and feet in it.
  • …will invest their time and talents in teenagers and young adults for many years to come.
  • …are being called by God to become more useful to his kingdom through study, work, and becoming part of the school’s community.

The EJ Institute, its professors and alumni (they’re actually our best recruiters), do their part to spread the word about the school, but God has to provide both the will and the way for our most valuable students to join us, so we’d love your help through prayer!

Leadership Development
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We are committed to the equipping of leaders, inside and outside the church, with kingdom principles allowing them to move entire people groups toward transformation, hope and justice. Those leaders in turn can mentor others, and together we all bring God’s transformation to lives, communities, and nations.

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