All the missionaries from the Eurasia region of SEND gathered in Lemgo from June 8-14 for Family Conference, which happens about once every 3-4 years.   This year, the team leaders and area leaders from Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine arrived 3 days earlier (with their families) to participate in our first-ever Becoming an Effective Leader of a Team training (B.E.L.T.).

We met at a beautiful conference center called Sanderhof, just outside Lemgo.

In the training, we addressed three major topics:

  • Leading Peers (a look at intrinsic motivation, and how an understanding of what motivates a person should influence the way we lead)
  • Coaching (incorporating coaching skills into your leadership style).  This training included a lot of practice coaching with other participants in the training (see pictures)
  • Strengthening your Interpersonal Skills (specifically building trust and managing conflict well)


Each morning, the devotional time was led by one of the participants.   They addressed the question –What has God taught me about maintaining my personal relationship with the Lord as I lead and serve others? The final morning, Robin & Jan Pocklington shared their perspectives on this question, based on their many years of leadership and ministry. Robin was also the main speaker during the Family Conference.