GCF President Chad Bruneski interviewed Andrew Olsen — the author of two Amazon Best Sellers on leadership and fundraising. This GCF webinar focussed on the leadership missteps that destroy team morale, limit effectiveness, and increase burnout and turnover in organizations. Chad and Andrew also highlighted several tested and proven tools that will help leaders avoid these costly and detrimental mistakes. This presentation is based on Andrew Olsen's 2019 #1 Best Seller, "101 Biggest Mistakes Nonprofits Make And How You Can Avoid Them", and brings to life the 10 biggest leadership mistakes nonprofits make. Links mentioned in the webinar: [...]
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Chad interviews Ron Kraybill on managing conflict positively and effectively in ministry teams. We learn of a useful conflict styles inventory which outlines 5 approaches to engaging with conflict: Directing, Cooperating, Avoiding, Harmonizing, and Compromising. Ron Kraybill has over 30 years of experience around the world working for church groups, NGO’s and the United Nations in conflict resolution and peace-making. He also works closely with Liberty University training their ministerial students in how to effectively manage conflict in ministry teams. Click here for the link Ron mentions for Conflict Styles resources. Ron can be reached through his website: https://www.riverhouseepress.com/ [...]
Christian Camping International Ukraine, a.k.a. the Association of Christian Camps and Conference Centers, exists to help build the Church by being a network maximizing ministry of Christian camps and camp leaders by facilitating networking activities, camp program development, staff sourcing and staff training, consulting, innovations, legal support and prayer. In operation since 1996, we serve over 500 Christian camps in 6 countries of the former Soviet Union attended by close to 90,000 campers ministered to by close to 10,000 staff annually. Program Countries: Ukraine GCF # 713 Team Lead: Vladimir Shevchenko Team Members: Oleksii Skurikhin, Pavlo Bakum, Oksana [...]
Verbo Christian Mission was founded in February 1980. The Casa Bernabe Orphanage complex was begun upon the Verbo farm in Veracruz Masaya in 1986. In addition to vocational training for youth and agriculture production, we have a pre Kinder to 12th grade school, and the orphanage complex with separate housing for adolescent boys and girls, and the children’s home for those under 12. Many thousands of children have been served by Verbo over the years, currently there are 85 children in the home. Verbo Nicaragua has 11 churches, 5 schools and 3 orphanages in the country. The central [...]
Cultural Community Center SHELTER+ is a unique example of a non-profit institution in a provincial city in Eastern Ukraine, which was founded in 2002 by Christian young volunteers based on Bible’s principles and values. From that time Shelter+ has combined numerous long-term and one-time projects with different age groups, but focuses on the younger generation, helping children, teens and young people grow up as whole personalities who live a conscious life and are guided by God’s principles. They achieve this through: personal relationships, life example and activities of high quality. The team of Shelter+ has on its account [...]
We are a new church in London, Ontario. There are almost 400,000 people living in the city of London. Yet there are over 100,000 people who still don’t know Jesus. More than just statistics, these numbers have names. They are our friends, our neighbours, our siblings, our parents and our family. More people are reached by starting new churches than any other way. So we want to build the kind of church that reaches them. We don’t want to wait for them to wander into church, but instead, create the kind of church that we can’t wait to [...]
Advice to those who are contemplating, or wanting to thrive in, a ministry assignment in another country
Cross-cultural workers face some incredibly difficult hurdles in their ministry deployments overseas. They have to deal with identity issues, language and cultural issues, security issues, fear/anxiety issues, family separation issues, and even faith issues. In this webinar, Chad interviews Elizabeth and Jonathan Trotter who are serving in Cambodia. The Trotters offer advice to those who are contemplating, or wanting to thrive in, a ministry assignment in another country. They highlight some of the topics raised in their newly published book, “Serving Well”. Jonathan and Elizabeth are also involved in managing the website "A Life Overseas" — which "provides a [...]
Chad interviews Paul Dyck about the difficulties faced by cross-cultural ministry workers and their families returning to their passport countries. Paul Dyck gives us some tips for Cross-Cultural Workers returning to their passport country. Paul leads the MORE Network. It is a Canada-wide ministry that exists to bolster, strengthen and encourage Canadian missionaries and their children in times of transition. Paul and his team facilitate care for singles, couples and families, particularly as they repatriate from the cross-cultural assignment, and facilitate the resourcing of member care support staff. https://more.outreach.ca/ This was the 13th webinar of the Great Commission Foundation's [...]
Chad interviews Paul Dyck about the difficulties faced by cross-cultural ministry workers and their families returning to their passport countries. Paul Dyck speaks to the responsibility to provide "Member Care" to Cross-Cultural Workers. Paul leads the MORE Network. It is a Canada-wide ministry that exists to bolster, strengthen and encourage Canadian missionaries and their children in times of transition. Paul and his team facilitate care for singles, couples and families, particularly as they repatriate from the cross-cultural assignment, and facilitate the resourcing of member care support staff. https://more.outreach.ca/ This was the 12th webinar of the Great Commission Foundation's "Serving [...]
Fundraising coach Judy Friesen outlines 3 characteristics of successful fundraisers who grow generous donors: They love growing generous donors. They are committed to generosity. They steward their donors well. This was the 11th webinar of the Great Commission Foundation's "Serving Together Series — Perspectives to Help Ministry Thrive" Judy Friesen can be contacted by email or, on LinkedIn.