What I Learned Leading the World Evangelical Alliance

by Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe

You need a team.

“You need a team,” says Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance

To lead a global body like the World Evangelical Alliance you need a team of gifted, visionary and passionate leaders to serve with you. Individuals who bring great depth and understanding on different issues, willing to speak truth in a context of trust and grace.

You have to invite the team members to speak into your life. You encourage animated debate and discussion.

As I look back on these 10 years, I thank God for the remarkable group of women and men, younger and older, from different cultures and countries who have worked with me in tireless and sacrificial ways.

The growing Kingdom impact we have experienced is the result of a Holy Spirit empowered team.

You need to maintain perspective.

I have had the remarkable privilege of engaging with some of the most influential people in the world – political leaders, media giants, business tycoons and world religious leaders.

While this has been a remarkable blessing, the great danger is that you can seek to find your identity in the people with whom you associate. I’ve also discovered that the vast majority of these leaders are looking for authentic, life-giving relationships. They want people to see beyond their title, position or successes. We are all simply fellow pilgrims looking for purpose and relationship.

You need to be prepared to be surprised.

I could not have imagined the journey I would take when I took up the role of Secretary General of WEA. I could not have written such a strategic plan.

Don’t get me wrong, I think we need develop a clear strategy for advancing the mission and vision of the organization. However, we have to allow for the divine intervention of the Holy Spirit. This word may come through a quiet voice in your mind and heart, an insight of a trusted friend or colleague or a set of circumstances. As I think about the doors we have seen opened, most have occurred not because of a well oiled machine but rather in response to a surprising intervention.

Read Faith Today’s recent interview with Geoff Tunnicliffe here.


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