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BOLINAO, Philippines––More than 250 people gained understanding of how to “Lead like Jesus” through five workshops in the Philippines and California.


Jim Boesch, a deployed staff member of the General Commission on UM Men and a men’s ministry specialist based in Florida, began the  eight-day training marathon August 15 at the 10th  National Laity Congress in Bolinao.

He was accompanied by Dr. Manny Managuelod, former president of Philippines UM Men and a member of the board of directors of the Nashville-based commission.

During the three-day congress, Boesch stressed the importance of utilizing the tremendous resources evidenced by the 150 lay and servant ministers attending the event at the Rock Garden resort in the Pangasinan Province.


Boesch later challenged 60 men attending a Lead like Jesus Servant Leadership Encounter in Manila to take the learnings back to their local churches to fulfill the Great Commission.

He also led a Lead like Jesus workshop at the Philippine Christian University in Manila where he invited the 50 students from three Christian Formation classes to follow the servant-leadership characteristics modeled by Jesus. Dr. Managuelod serves as professor of one of the classes.

Los Angeles

Boesch then traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to facilitate two workshops sponsored by UM Men Western Jurisdiction President Larry Dozier.

On Friday, August 22, Boesch presented a Train-the-Trainer program process to a team of enthusiastic men and women from Hollypark United Methodist Church in Gardena, Calif.
On Saturday 9/23, he led a Lead like Jesus workshop for 22 people from numerous churches and annual conferences.

Now is the time

“Now is the time to apply the servant-leadership principles of Jesus to the challenges that exist in our homes, work and communities,” said Boesch. “Leading like Jesus takes us on a challenging transformational journey.”

It’s a journey men and women on two continents are beginning.

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