The idea for Leadership Vistas began in 1999 during a mission trip to Africa, when Jerry Brown was given the opportunity to speak to a group of 1,000 pastors from the African Inland Church. In conversations with church leaders following his presentation, he learned about the struggles of the typical pastor and especially about their lack of financial resources to cover the costs of attending a Bible college or seminary. As Jerry explains the moment, “I felt like the Lord was hitting me with a stick. He broke my heart for the plight of these pastors.”
When he returned to Dallas Theological Seminary, he developed a 5-stage curriculum for the ministry which is tailored for church leaders who have had no previous biblical training. The reports of participants at our first conferences in 2002 in Uganda confirmed that our program of courses in theology, Bible exposition and pastoral leadership skills was successful in meeting their ministry needs.
Several years later a series of training conferences to equip women church leaders was added to our ministry activities. Although this program is somewhat different in its emphasis on theology, spiritual growth and health skills, attendees have strongly affirmed its effectiveness.
To date, Leadership Vistas has sponsored 36 training conferences for church leaders from 6 African countries. From the beginnings of the ministry we have sought His blessing, and we often see His hand at work. We continue to trust Him today for wisdom and direction.