Learning to Lead Opportunities in January

We are excited to announce that in in 2015 we are kicking off service opportunities once a month with Learning to Lead! The heart of Learning to Lead is to gather together high-level Christian leaders from every sector and age group to develop personally, challenge each other, and mentor others. A large part of this vision also includes collectively serving our community and making a great impact in the city of Pittsburgh. We desire to see every person grow and develop into world changing leaders who make huge impacts in their families, workplaces, cities, states, nations, and one day the world! It starts with making a commitment this year to not live a life focused on ourselves, but choosing to give our lives away for others and caring for those who no one else cares for.
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So, where do we start?

  • We need to commit ourselves to proximity – We can’t be agents of change from far away. As a group we need to expose ourselves to the needs of our community. We have no right to be ignorant. Proximity will show us things we would never have seen otherwise. Once a month we will have the opportunity to be exposed to a different non-profit and partner together with them to serve the community.
  • We need to learn to change the narrative – Before judging, there’s often a story behind every injustice. We need to choose to see the people behind the issues, and help to change their next chapter. We need to put ourselves in their shoes. The people we will be serving may not have a home, a warm bed, a hot meal, childcare, or a family. They may not feel loved, accepted, safe, or secure. By playing our part to love others where they are and changing just a little part of their lives, we actually bring justice to the world. Justice is what love looks like when we deal with the issues of the world and restore things back to the way they were supposed to be.
  • We have to choose to be uncomfortable – Committing to monthly service opportunities will be a sacrifice, but we have to be intentional and ask ourselves, “What is ours to do? What is our part that God would have us to play? What is God calling us to restore?”. Part of being a leader is standing when everyone else is sitting, speaking when everyone else is silent, and putting our hands to something when everyone else would rather sit back. Serving others will be uncomfortable, but we do it because we ourselves were once broken, lost, and were given a second chance… and now we get to be agents of change bringing God’s love, justice, and hope to our city.

Ways to get Involved in January:

  • Saturday, January 31st is our first service opportunity as a group. We will be serving Habitat for Humanity starting at 9amNot only will we be helping to build and restore homes, but also playing a part in restoring lives. If you have not yet done so, please RSVP by Saturday, January 24 to laurasmith0812@gmail.com or respond to the Facebook event. Feel free to invite family and friends. We are also asking you to consider making a $25 donation to help fund the build day. We want to bless each non-profit not only with our time, but with our finances as well.
  • L2L Small Group – We have a small group that meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. We go through personal growth resources together, share our goals and hold each other accountable, and have a blast! We’d love for you to join us. For more information or to get on our small group e-mail list, e-mail me at dougsmithlive@gmail.com.
  • Leadership Breakfast – Our next leadership breakfast will be on Saturday, January 17th at 8 a.m. at Panera Bread in Cranberry. Our speaker will be Larry Bettencourt, Founder and Pastor of Champion Life Church. At the breakfast, he will be sharing what he believes to be the most important leadership lesson for the next generation. Don’t miss it! Register here! 
We are excited for what God wants to do in and through you this year to make a great impact in the city of Pittsburgh!
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