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January 2017

Leading People with Different Backgrounds

By Bob Magumba, Uganda

I didn't know what it meant to be a leader in a group with diverse personalities, cultural backgrounds, and beliefs. The Young Leaders Summit gave me a model of responding to these differences in church. I learned the process of agreeing and disagreeing with people with different personalities, cultural backgrounds and beliefs in love and not in hatred.

This reminded me of 1 Corinthians 13:13: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

As a young leader, I discovered how to keep the body of Christ together in church and that is by respecting and loving one another regardless of one's personalities, cultural background, and beliefs. Everyone matters before Christ.

My goal is to lead with hope and love, and to equip my team to model love!

I also enjoyed listening to a presentation about integrity. This was a video of a team of two men who hit a jackpot lottery and were given the options of either sharing the money equally, or one of them takes it all and the other goes with nothing. I was challenged to remember that winning as a team is far better than winning as an individual.

Bob Magumba, from Uganda, attended the Young Leaders Summit in 2014.