The son of a village leader in Indonesia explains how Christian radio can change lives in his homeland.
HCJB Global has partnered with local believers to launch 50 FM radio stations throughout Indonesia, but without good leadership, these ministries won’t be effective in reaching their communities for Christ.
That’s why HCJB Global designed Global Voice Institute (GVI) 2012 … so radio managers can benefit from the leadership teaching and ongoing faculty mentorship.
Part 1 of the two-part leadership training course was held in Bali in April. Topics included team building, kingdom building, the qualities and personal growth of leaders, setting and evaluating goals, using radio for evangelism, marketing and fundraising, and using social media.
All of the attendees are current or potential station leaders with HCJB Global’s major Indonesian partner, a church-planting organization that uses radio as an outreach and discipleship tool.
“These are stations in rural areas with only basic levels of equipment and staff,” explained Derek Kickbush, HCJB Global’s Asia Pacific training director. “I’m sure it is only God’s calling on their lives that keeps them in the work as they struggle day to day. It’s amazing how God blesses their efforts to bring people to Himself.”
HCJB Global faculty presenters Ron and Barb Cline and Kickbush were joined by instructors from two Indonesian ministry partners and an Australian Christian organization. Kristen Haskett and Jon Hull from Christian radio station KSBJ in Houston, Texas, also taught sessions with interpreters translating into Bahasa.
One activity simulated the “ideas-to-action” process. Groups were challenged to develop strategies for a children’s radio program and a marketing plan for a new radio station.
Hull was impressed with the results. “They jumped in with both feet and used the processes we had discussed,” he related. “They not only accomplished the goal, but also adjusted and listened to one another, and they came up with some really creative ideas.”
It wasn’t only the academics that made an impression. Barb wrote, “Forever etched in my mind is the sound of singing together in worship—how we started each day. And many times we stopped class to pray for one another’s specific needs.”
|Students and staff pose for a group photo during part 1 of HCJB Global’s annual Global Voice Institute held in Bali, Indonesia, April 19-25. Part 2 is set for September.|
Gifts from HCJB Global donors made it possible for the radio leaders to attend the course. Students expressed their gratitude that people, totally unknown to them, had cared enough about them to invest in their personal and ministry development.
“I have to be a leader who believes God has chosen me and [given me this task],” wrote one participant afterwards. “I need to have good communication with my team to do the right things and to achieve goals.” Another student commented, “After this course I will practice my leadership, especially to focus on the people and not just on the job.”
Back at their radio stations, leaders are focused on homework. They must make three presentations on leadership topics to their radio staff or church. They will report on their experiences when they return for part 2 of the course in September to concentrate on the theme of management.
HCJB Global sees GVI as a crucial investment in equipping followers of Christ to use radio to evangelize and disciple the least-reached people groups in the Asia Pacific Region.