Heart for Lebanon Equips Syrian Leaders through a New Leadership Development Curriculum

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Heart for Lebanon is equipping Syrian leaders from among the refugee population in Lebanon through a new leadership development curriculum.

Heart for Lebanon’s Tom Atema explains how evangelism is key to the organization.

“If Heart for Lebanon is known for anything, it should and must be known for an organization that makes disciples. That’s our mission,” he says.

In light of this, the next step for many of the refugee believers is learning to share their faith.

“We believe very deeply that where we go with these people that are really on fire for Jesus Christ is discipleship. When we see somebody [who] wants to go further in their relationship with Jesus Christ, we invite them into what we call our Level Five Leadership Discipleship,” he says.

Developing Servant Leaders

This discipleship program has three main pillars or components: biblical foundation, character formation, and life skill development.

“[The] biblical foundation takes people much deeper than in our Bible studies,” Atema says. “It just sticks with basic theology, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the ordinances, for example.”

After 21 lessons on the biblical foundation, students tackle 10 lessons on character formation. These take a deep dive into the character of a leader, subjects such as forgiveness, attitude, and dealing with failure. Finally, students end with 10 lessons in life skill development.

“Life skills is more of how do you build a team, share your faith, go out into the neighborhood, find out what the real needs are, and deal with [them],” Atema explains.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer


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