Women's Leadership Training
Women's Leadership Training
The Women of Grace Church are partnering with ALARM (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministry) to offer a three-year women's leadership training program for women in Rwanda.
ALARM selected 55 key female leaders representing each province in Rwanda to participate in the Women's Leadership Training Institute (WLTI). This group gathers two to three times a year, over a three year cycle. The WLTI equips women leaders from different denominations and tribes with a practical working understanding of the Bible, theology, discipleship, leadership, trauma recovery and counseling, and communication. Once trained, these women take their newly developed skills and knowledge to then lead, train, disciple and mentor other men and women in their churches and communities.
When you invest in a leader, the positive impact is multiplied across their communities and the country of Rwanda.
WHY ARE WE SO EXCITED?
ALARM recognizes the key role that women play in positively transforming their communities. The saying “educate a woman and you educate a community” has been tried and tested over and over again.
Women across the continent of Africa have often been marginalized and sidelined as a result of socio-cultural beliefs, political circumstances and traditionally patriarchal leadership systems that have excluded them. However, the resilience and strength of many of these women, despite extreme hardship, is creating vital space for them to play a significant role in the transformation of Africa through leadership, economic development, peace building and self-sufficiency.
We truly believe that investing in these women will not only transform the spiritual climate and legacy of Rwanda, but will also reach Africa and the world.
With the help of friends and partners ALARM has trained over 100,000 leaders across east and central Africa in biblical theology, conflict resolution, forgiveness, mediation, leadership skills, and reconciliation. ALARM’s programs are designed for grass roots church and community leaders, women, youth, government officials, teachers, military professionals and Christian professionals (lawyers, police and chaplains).
Many of the countries we serve in have had years of war, tribal conflict, genocide and political turmoil. ALARM believes that the transformation and development of Africa rests in the hands of Africans who have been effectively equipped to lead, bring about peace and maintain stability. ALARM therefore focuses on equipping Africans through training, to transform communities through servant leadership and the Christian message of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Through their training programs ALARM develops leaders, reconciles relationships and transforms communities.
Women have always played a vital role in our world. Women are strong, smart and full of potential and promise. However, in many places women and girls face incredible obstacles. In some cases their health and well-being are in danger due to various systems of injustice and inequality. Education and economic opportunities vary greatly.
It is our firm belief that God has called us to step toward each other. To celebrate the advances we are seeing and support each other through the challenges. We believe as we link arms and stand with other our world will be changed.
Lynne Hybels in her book Nice Girls Don't Change the World says this:
"Never doubt that a community of thoughtful, committed women,
filled with the power and love of God, using the gifts they have identified and developed,
and pursuing passions planted in them by God--never doubt these women can change the world."
We wholeheartedly agree and are seeing evidence of this becoming a reality.
The Women of Grace is a ministry of Grace Church in Noblesville, Indiana where women of all walks of life come together to grow, understand the Bible and story of God, engage in authentic community and GO change the world.
We do this through Women's Edition, Real Moms, GO Groups and special events.
The African Women's Leadership Training Initiative is part of our GO Groups. GO Groups are designed to launch women into the mission of God by strategically coming alongside others to lend a hand and raise awareness of the realities of injustice and pain in our world. Basically, we want to tangibly experience and express the heart of God through coming alongside others.
Through the African Women's Leadership Training Initiative we are rallying around leaders in Rwanda who have been selected to participate in the ALARM Women's Leadership Training Institute (WLTI). Through this 3 year partnership we hope to increase the awareness of the challenges and opportunities of African women, raise funding for the Rwandan leaders to participate in the 3 year training program and provide teams who will assist in facilitating the conference in Rwanda. For more information,contact Corinne Gunter (Pastor of the Women of Grace) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-848-2722 ext. 329.