Eric and Kylie, faithful donors to the Willow Creek Association, share why they partner to support leadership development for the sake of the church, and the world:
Of all the organizations we have come across, we believe WCA is the most effective organization to impart lasting global change — and that’s why we give.
Our hearts ache for the brokenness in the world and we long to be a part of a solution that resolves and removes that suffering. But for us, the questions that always arise are: What do we focus on?
How do we make the greatest impact with what we have and where we are?
With women being enslaved and suffering horrendous acts, children starving for food, diseases ravaging entire communities, and the life giving words of our Lord inaccessible or misunderstood by so many people — it is an overwhelming mission to act on. Overwhelming that is, if we’re alone.
Thankfully, the generation we are living in today is active in advancing God’s kingdom work on this earth.
We see causes that need our help and our hearts move our bodies to their aid. Because of this we know of so many good organizations to which we can support — organizations that are truly making a positive dent for God’s glory all over this earth. Amidst the options, we repeatedly choose to give to WCA because we know that our money will be used in the most responsible and God-honoring way: one that enriches churches and Christ-like leaders around the world who will in turn give out of their fullness in order to benefit others. It is this circle of regenerative benevolence that deeply moves us and continues to spur on our giving.
Throughout history we have seen incredible change occur when people that are within a situation find the passion and the tools to rise up and move.
So if we have a desire to instigate change, what better vehicle do we have than passionate local churches and leaders that are in the middle of the problem or the pain — those that are living it and breathing it?
We are absolutely thrilled with WCA because it has that vision. It seeks to inspire and build skills throughout the global church body, wherever a spark of leadership and passion exists. As individuals we personally don’t have the connections or influence to do it ourselves, but by partnering with WCA we can strengthen their organization – drawing on the network and influence they already have.
We are awestruck by story after story of people who are revolutionizing their churches, communities, and governments in an astonishing way — who were propelled to act because of God’s movement through WCA’s most influential program: The Global Leadership Summit. As the Summit is rolled out to churches across the world, we are blessed to hear about countless pastors who received the necessary training, advice, and emotional fuel to motivate them to persevere.
It is humbling and exciting to know that our donations provide the admission costs for leaders in under resourced countries that can’t afford it on their own.
For we truly believe that equipping indigenous leaders is a critical component to successfully sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and spreading His love.
The WCA isn’t starting every movement themselves, but building the people that have what it takes to start the movements.
We want to be a part of that.
If you are interested in joining Eric in Kylie in supporting this global movement
of leadership development for the sake of the church,
go to www.willowcreek.com/give
to make your donation to Willow Creek Association.