Equipping Leaders Global (ELG) exists to grow the kingdom of God through excellence in Christian ministries.
We focus on leadership excellence, growth and sustainability strategies, and best practices from the business world.
Founded by Terry and Lesa West in 2021, ELG advocates the principles of high output servant leadership based on nearly 40 years of business best practices along with core biblical leadership principles.
Terry was the first employee of RIM/Blackberry in the late 1980s, then proceeded to build a successful technology executive career at Intel Corporation and Microchip. In 2008, Terry co-founded Serious Integrated, Inc., a technology startup that was later VC funded and in 2021 acquired by e2ip technologies where he now serves as their Chief Technology Officer.
Lesa, a former marketing professional at Intel and a Registered Nurse, has a special heart for Africa and has a personal mission of encouraging women in their Christian spiritual journey through wellness: physical, emotional, mental, along with spiritual maturity.
Leadership, Stewardship, Discipleship
Equipping Leaders Global (ELG) is founded on three pillars: Leadership, Stewardship, and Discipleship. Our mission is to equip local leaders in these strengths that they may locally create innovative local solutions to local challenges and create more leaders to replicate these successes.
ELG promotes servant leadership as taught in the Bible, exemplified by Jesus, and as clearly shown to be successful in the corporate world.
The second pillar of our ministry is stewardship – the fostering and deployment of the resources God has given us to grow our ministries. This includes a sober self-assessment of our own resources, gifts, and callings in partnership with Unleash along with those “talents” given to us in our teams and finances. Stewardship demands excellence – to whom much is given, much will be required – and a clear strategic vision with disciplined results-oriented management.
The third pillar is discipleship. As teachers and leaders in His Church, the words of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 are the foundation of our work:
Our Heart for the African Church
At ELG, God wired us to have a deep care for our brothers and sisters in Africa. It is a unique joy to to share their richness of spirit, their generosity, and their genuine desire to spread the Good News of the Gospel.
When poverty and the associated powerlessness are so close at hand in the daily life of an African man, woman, and child, the Gospel is a message of freedom and love must be accompanied by the hands and feet of Jesus serving people in their greatest need.
Our God-given Church mission includes being merciful to unbelievers as well as ministering to the spiritual total wellbeing of our fellow believers. They will know we are Christians by our love – how we take care of our brethren not just spiritually.
Past centuries have seen Western churches attempting to transplant Western church models and a strong focus on donor-recipient pairing between Western and African mercy-focused organizations. Secular NGOs have poured trillions of dollars into African aid. Unfortunately, the anecdotal successes found in both these efforts are overshadowed by the lack of long-term widespread change.
If we don’t focus on building local leadership and stewardship supported by strong discipleship, we repeat the mistakes of the past – merely handing out fish and not raising generations of fishermen.
We earnestly desire to see God work in the local church in Africa to create locally-driven growth in His kingdom, and to change the relationship between African and Western churches. We believe that the Western church can partner with the African church in new and different ways to support and foster local solutions that change the trajectory for people and nations through the growth of the Church and the spread of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The Bible & Salvation
The whole Bible and every word in the Bible is inspired by God. (Jer 1:9, Matt 5:18, and 2 Tim 3:16)
We believe that through the personal acceptance of Jesus Christ by faith, and asking Christ to forgive our sins, a person becomes a Christian (John 1:12; Romans 10:13), and our relationship with God is established. The acceptance of Christ assures us that:
- Christ comes into our life (Ephesians 1:13-14)
- Our sins are forgiven (Colossians 1:14)
- We become a child of God (John 1:12)
- We begin a new life with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; John 10:10b)
- We are assured of eternity in heaven (John 11:25, 26; 17:3)
The trinity means that, within the unified essence of the Godhead, there are three distinct persons who are coeternal, coequal, and consubstantial.
The Son of God became man in the divine-human person of Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-18)
Jesus was fully God (John 10:30), and at the same time fully man. (Philippians 2:7-8)
His death on the cross was the answer for mankind’s sins. (Romans 3:23-26; 1 Corinthians 15:3)
He physically rose again on the third day. (Matthew 28:6; Romans 1:4)
The church has 3 purposes:
- to worship God (Col 3:16; Eph 1:12; Eph 5:16-19)
- to minister to Believers (Col 1:28; Eph 4:12-13; Col 1:28)
- to bring mercy and evangelize to unbelievers (Matt 28:19; Acts 11:29; 2 Cor 8:4; 1 John 3:17, Luk 6:35-36)
We believe it is not possible to have a vibrant local church without all three of these purposes being actively pursued.