John Chikuta’s Story | UMC YoungPeople
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October 2016

John Chikuta’s Story

John Chikuta attended the Young Leaders Summit in Ndola, Zambia on April 2015.

As a young leader in the Zambia Annual Conference, attending the Young Leaders Summit was very beneficial for me. I received training on various areas of leadership in the Summit. Because of that, I can conclusively say that my leadership had gone to the next level. On top of the position I have as Youth Conference President, I was elected a vice secretary in the office of conference lay-activities.

I learned a lot of things from the Young Leaders Summit - the ones I appreciated most are:

1. To become a visionary young leader.

2. To study and understand the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit.

3. To understand my culture and the role it plays in leadership development.

4. To reflect on the role models who inspire me, which may help me live out and achieve my dreams as a young leader.

The Young Leaders Summit happened in 2015, but the year before, my annual conference session unanimously voted me as a delegate to the 2016 General Conference. By attending the General Conference in Portland, Oregon, I gained more experience in leadership and understood our church on a deeper level.

John Chikuta (first on the right) with other delegates from Zambia during the General Conference in Portland, Oregon.

I wish to commend the Young People’s Ministries for their work. I hope and pray that more annual conferences in jurisdictions and central conferences would engage more young people in the leadership of the church. Young people need more experience for the growth of the church now and in future.