In September 2015, the USA/Canada Multicultural Ministries office launched the Ethnic Leadership Development Initiative to coach, mentor, and cultivate the next generation of young leaders from different ethnic groups on the USA/Canada Region through a two-year program. The ethnic facilitators assisted in the selection process of these leaders from their own particular people groups to represent their ethnicity or ministries.
The selected participants and ethnic facilitators came together from July 28 to 30 in Orlando, Florida, to conclude one year of coaching and training by program facilitators Errol and Rhonda Carrim. A graduation ceremony was held and a certificate was given to each participant for completing a year of Leadership Coaching and Development. In addition, leadership development training was conducted by General Superintendent Emeritus Stan Toler, USA/Canada Regional Director Bob Broadbooks, and Pastor Oliver Phillips of the Lake Como Connexions Church of the Nazarene in Florida. Ethnic Leadership Initiative participants will focus their attention on the transition from coaching into the second phase of their two-year journey: the mentoring relationship phase.
The gathering concluded with a time communion and prayer.