2015 Global Leadership Conference – Savior of the World

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The 2015 Global Leadership Conference (GLC) was held at the Anaheim Hilton on July 31st-August 2nd. This year’s theme was Savior of the World with an emphasis on the Book of John. Approximately 1,600 disciples attended the GLC. The fellowship with disciples from all around the world was incredible—from kingdom dates, quiet times, prayer walks and hanging out between sessions, the GLC gave disciples many opportunities to get to know our brothers and sisters from all nations. This year’s GLC was the first for many of the Santa Barbara disciples. A few of the disciples, who have been before, were reencouraged with strong faith to forcefully evangelize the city of Santa Barbara!

After Michelle’s first GLC, she is ready to preach the word to the Latin nation!

After Michelle’s first GLC, she is ready to preach the word to the Latin nation!

Our sister Michelle Peralta gave her insight on what impacted her most at her first GLC. “The sermons that impacted me were the women’s session and the Latin festival.” Michelle’s favorite part of the GLC was learning from Jesus on how we can evangelize the world! She feels prepared with tools to take back to Santa Barbara, “We need to get into bible studies with people. This generation is in darkness and it’s up to disciples to continue working for Jesus.”

Dominic is ready to get back to Santa Barbara and work hard for the Lord!

Dominic is ready to get back to Santa Barbara and work hard for the Lord!

This also was our brother Dominic Sandoval first GLC. When asked what sermons made the most impact on him, Dominic said, “The men’s program when Kyle Bartholomew laid it out to the mighty men of God! Kyle spoke about how the growth of the church starts with bible talks and bible studies. If we aren’t doing these basic steps, our church won’t grow.” One of the main tools Dominic learned was, “The willingness to be consistent with the work I do for God. The only bad work that can be done is no work at all! God is calling us to do the work whether I feel like it or not.”

This was Corinna’s third GLC! She’s ready to use her talent of dance for God’s kingdom!

This was Corinna’s third GLC! She’s ready to use her talent of dance for God’s kingdom!

The GLC provided multiple social events for disciples such as the talent show, pure dance and ice cream social. Our sister and women’s ministry leader Corinna Sloan, gave her perspective on the talent show and pure dance. “The talent show and the pure dance are my favorite parts of the GLC! Seeing the incredible talent of my brothers and sisters—in music, song, dance, theater and poetry—and how they choose to use it to glorify God is so inspiring! I know these people can change the world with their God-given talents,” said Corinna. When asked about her thoughts on the pure dance, Corinna said, “It’s the best party I’ve ever been to. We all leave super sweaty from all the dancing! The amazing thing is it’s with absolute purity. I’m already pumped for next year!”

We closed out the GLC with an awesome four-hour church service that ended with 17 baptisms! It was a bad day for the Devil! We are excited to have new brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God from all over the world. What an amazing family to be a part of! The Santa Barbara disciples learned many valuable lessons at the GLC and are ready to continue to God’s work in evangelizing Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara International Christian Church can’t wait for the GLC next year with even more disciples! We are family till the end!

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-Laura Lewis