As the incoming Executive Director, we probably wouldn’t expect me to say anything else. But I really do! I don’t love Global Connections (GC) because it’s my job. I wanted the job because I love the network.
- God’s team. GC is the network. Being part of the network, is an expression that we belong to God, to His mission and to each other as brothers and sisters, far more than we belong to our own organisations. It’s about what we give to each other, even more than what we get. That’s number one. But we do get lots, and I’ve highlighted some below.
- Networking. I hate the word! But I love that there’s one place where you can meet almost everyone in the sector. As a new church leader, it felt like I went to one conference, met a hundred people, and from then on I was ringing up friends. Once you’ve met people face to face, it’s so much easier to ask for help or to sort out anything that might go wrong.
- Learning. I’ve learnt so much from the forums and the guidelines, that pool together everyone’s wisdom, so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
- Useful boring stuff. I was so glad that someone else kept tabs on the NHS, pensions, tax, national insurance, employment law etc. GC does the boring stuff for you, so you can focus on mission. Priceless!
- Churches. GC helped me to meet other mission minded church leaders from different denominations and up our game. I want to do much more work with churches over the coming years.
- Jobs. When I was at All Souls, Langham Place, we advertised all our vacancies on Christian Vocations. They still do. It’s the best channel out there.
- Eagle-eye view. It’s important that someone has an overview, to know where there may be opportunities for partnership, mergers or joint working – or where there might be gaps.
- Prayer. Every organisation produces prayer material. But no-one can wade through 300 prayer guides. I love that different organisations send their requests to GC World Prayer and every day we can sign up to pray for a different agency’s work.
- Information & issues. I’m a geek, so I love to read journals and the latest research. But it’s great that GC raises missiological issues, so that we can think things through together. Again, I’d love to do more of that in coming years.
- Martin. Whenever I had a question or a needed a recommendation, I loved that I could ring up Martin, who could always point me in the right direction. Now, in turn, I’d love to help you if I can.
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Anna is the new CEO for Global Connections. Before this, she was the Minister for World Mission at All Souls, Langham Place. She's also worked overseas with the church in North Africa and in Bible translation in West Africa, and 5 years in Government strategy. She is on the council of Global Connections, a trustee of Wycliffe Bible Translators and Release International and is part of the Lausanne Younger Leaders group.