Convergence of Emerging South Asian Christian Leaders

Purpose: To gather young Christian leaders of the South Asian community to connect, encourage, equip and serve together for Kingdom Impact.

Theme: Unleashing Your Leadership Potential

Event Description: A three-day gathering of young South Asian Christians to transform participants personally, professionally and spiritually in their leadership calling, abilities, and development and to identify, invest, resource and further support key emerging leaders in the community on an ongoing basis.


- To network and challenge emerging leaders for significant and strategic Kingdom work
- To bring together issues, insights, resources, strategies and struggles for emerging South Asian   Christian leaders across denominations, language, ministries and cities of North America
- To raise up transformational leaders to serve and mobilize the South Asian Diaspora worldwide
- To facilitate peer-learning, character development and expert coaching from faithful leaders
- To create a network to learn, develop and sustain leaders to finish well in Christian ministries

Where & When: Awana International, 1 East Bode Road, Streamwood, IL 60107-6658. (www.awana.org) Sept. 17th – 19th, 2009 (Thu evening to Sat. evening)

For Whom:
- South Asian leaders under 35 serving in North America
- Demonstrated faithfulness in lay or full-time ministry for at least three years (youth leaders,   youth pastors, church leaders, church planters, counselors, worship leaders, missionaries etc.)
- Seminarians, student-interns and those sensing a call to ministry
- Non-South Asians working with South Asians in North America
- South Asians from North America serving globally
- Leaders demonstrating Kingdom mindset, spiritually vibrant, passionate to learn and grow,   actively involved in the local church and open to work collaboratively with other leaders.


What to expect:
Uplifting Music & Body Worship
Leadership training & Coaching
Inspiring Messages from World-class leaders
Over 15 topical seminars
Fellowship with like minded young leaders from various cities and backgrounds
Over 25 exhibits from leading Christian organizations
Networking opportunity to see and learn what God is doing in Asian Indian community in North America
South Asian Music bands
Best of Leadership resources
And lot more…

Groups Meetings:
Campus Ministers
Church planters
Counseling/Family Ministers
Overseas Missionaries

Plenary Speakers:

Dr. Ravi Zacharias [videocast]

Dr. Ravi Zacharias is founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong.

He is a leading thinker, prolific speaker and apologist of the Christian faith. He has spoken all over the world in universities, heads of state and churches. His weekly radio program, “Let My People Think,” is aired on more on almost 1700 outlets worldwide, and his weekday program, “Just Thinking,” on almost 400. He has authored over 25 books, including Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism, Can Man Live without God and Jesus Among Other Gods. His recent books include Walking from East to West, The Grand Weaver, End of Reason and New Birth or Rebirth: Jesus Talks to Krishna.

Mr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children. They reside in Atlanta. www.rzim.org

Dr. Ramesh Richard

Dr. Ramesh Richard is a spiritual philosopher and global mentor. He is the founder and president of RREACH, (Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Helps). He had the opportunity to train thousands of church leaders in more than 75 countries to preach, live, and think biblically. He has also authored several books including ‘Soul Mission’ and ‘Soul Vision.’

Dr. Ramesh Richard serves as a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). He teaches courses on expository preaching, the spiritual life, and worldview apologetics. A theologian-preacher, philosopher-evangelist, and professor-author, Dr. Richard holds a Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Delhi. Ramesh and his wife, Bonnie, have three children, Ryan, Robby, and Sitara, and live in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. www.rameshrichard.com

Dr. T.V. Thomas

Rev. Dr. TV Thomas was born in Malacca, Malaysia of South Asian parents. Dr. Thomas makes his home in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with his wife, Mary and three children, Victor, Molly and Melanie. He began his ministry as an itinerant evangelist in 1974 before he was appointed as the Professor of Evangelism for the Murray W. Downey Chair of Evangelism at Canadian Bible College and Canadian Theological Seminary from 1984-1994. Currently, Rev. Dr. Thomas serves as the Director for the Centre for Evangelism & World Mission. He serves on numerous national and international boards. He is the Chair of the North American Council for South Asian Christians (NACSAC) and President of the Fellowship of Canadian Evangelists (FOCE). His deep commitment to world evangelization calls for extensive national and international travel to minister to camps, churches, colleges/seminaries, retreats, seminars, conferences and consultations as an expositor of the Word, an evangelist and educator.

Dr. Martin Alphonse

Dr. Martin Alphonse, is a professor of missions and evangelism at Multnomah Seminary in Portland, OR. Beginning as a church planter in a village of India in 1976, Alphonse's ministry expanded to global proportions. Alphonse has been a missionary, served as a pastor of Methodist churches, and taught in evangelism related institutes and seminaries in India, Singapore, and the United States. A gifted speaker, Alphonse has been featured as a plenary presenter in major global gatherings of evangelicals, including one sponsored by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. He maintains an active itinerant ministry over weekends and during the summer months. Alphonse and his wife, Padmini, have two sons, Anugrah and Nirup, both of whom are recent graduates of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and a daughter, Nisha.

Leadership Forum Coaches

Krish Dhanam

Krish is speaker, trainer, coach and consultant to corporations, nonprofit and goverments. As one of only two executive coaches personally trained by Zig Ziglar, Krish has successfully delivered his message of hope, humor and balance in over forty international venues and throughout the continental United States. His client list is the who's who of global enterprise and he has received accolades from some of the most distinguished organizations including, The United States Army, Christian Dior, Steelcase Industries, Apollo Hospitals, The Environmental Protection Agency, Weyerhauser and the Florida Department of Revenue. He is the author of The American Dream from an Indian Heart and contributing author to Top Performance written by Zig Ziglar. Happily over married to his bride of nineteen years he and his wife Anila are the proud parents of Nicolas who is twelve years old. Krish and his family make their home in Flower Mound, Texas. www.krishdhanam.com

Dr. Sam Chand

Change Strategist. Sam Chand has served as senior Pastor, college President, Chancellor and President Emeritus. He personally consults, mentors and coaches some of the country’s largest church Pastors, speaks regularly at leadership conferences, churches, corporations, Leadership Roundtables, Minister's Conferences, seminars and other leadership development opportunities. He was named in the top-30 global leadership Gurus list.

His singular vision for his life is to Help Others Succeed. Chand develops leaders through Leadership Consultations, Leadership Resources—books/CDs and Leadership Speaking. Leaders are using Chand’s books as handbooks worldwide in leadership development.

Being raised in a pastor's home in India has uniquely equipped Chand to share his passion – that of mentoring, developing and inspiring leaders to break all limits—in ministry and the marketplace. www.samchand.com

Sam Dharam

Sam serves on Youth With a Mission (YWAM) based out of Madison, WI. In 1984 Sam began his ministry with YWAM Singapore. He is married Jennifer and they been ministering together in YWAM since their marriage in1986. They have two teenage sons, Daniel and Dominic.

YWAM is an international, multi denominational Mission Agency. It has operating locations in over 150 Nations. Its main focus is Training Evangelism and Mercy Ministry. YWAM offers short term and long term mission opportunities with varied expressions.

Sam’s ministry in YWAM has taken him to 43 countries and counting. He has passionately committed to communicating the Word of God all over the world. My desire to preach like Peter did as recorded in Acts 2:37. Sam and Jennifer want to see individuals and churches rise up to their potential and destiny in Christ. They desire to be Gods instruments of transformation; looking for ways to raise the spiritual standards among the people.

To that end Sam and Jennifer now are serving with YWAM Madison. Sam´s days are filled with networking and building bridges between churches, promoting unity, mentoring pastors and other Christian leaders, preaching and teaching at YWAM training schools and carious churches and inter-church gatherings, seminars and conferences, nationally and internationally. www.dharams.com

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