LeadLab Welcomes New Students from Southern Asia-Pacific with Expanded Curriculum

[Photo: Southern Asia-Pacific Division LeadLab organizers]

Southern Asia-Pacific Division

LeadLab Welcomes New Students from Southern Asia-Pacific with Expanded Curriculum

The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists supports the Global Leadership Institute, which is devoted to the total development of Adventist leaders.

News | Indonesia | Edward Rodriguez, SSD Communication Department, with ANN Staff

After successfully graduating its first group of LeadLab students in May 2024, the Adventist Church in the Southern Asia-Pacific (SSD) region is ready to welcome its second group of enrollees. This new cohort will primarily include students from Indonesia and Malaysia. Fifty administrative leaders and directors from various organizations in these two countries attended the LeadLab orientation program, which began on January 28 in Bali, Indonesia.

Stephen Salainti, vice president for Leadership at SSD, expressed his excitement as the organizing team prepares for LeadLab 2.0. "The impact of this program on our spiritual leaders is immense. The curriculum is unique, and I believe it will equip our leaders to face challenges systematically and professionally, embodying the character of Christ in handling various situations holistically," Salainti said.

The Global Leadership Institute (GLI) at Andrews University will design the curriculum for LeadLab 2.0, an eight-month hybrid program. The General Conference (GC) of Seventh-day Adventists supports GLI, which is devoted to the total development of Adventist leaders. LeadLab serves as a learning laboratory, nurturing leaders for mission and supporting their ongoing growth as Adventist leaders.

After a four-day in-person program in Bali, participants attended a plenary Zoom meeting every two weeks and engaged with their assigned learning groups. This cohort has eight learning groups, each directed by a coach. In their learning groups, participants discussed lessons from the plenary sessions and addressed current issues in Adventist leadership. This program is expected to culminate in September. This gives way to another group of LeadLab enrollees from the Philippines and Singapore who will start in October this year.

LeadLab offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide leaders with diverse perspectives on leadership. The program emphasizes immersion and interaction, allowing students to learn from the experiences and cultural orientations of their peers. This contextualized approach enriches their understanding of leadership styles and strategies in various countries.

The original article was published on the Southern Asia-Pacific Division website.