iCAN Global Academy is a Christian school of Leadership that exists for the intentional development of Marketplace leaders to serve in 4 arenas of public life.
These arenas are:
- Politics – Public leaders are needed in the political arena to spearhead intelligent political activism for the purpose of influencing policymaking, legislation, political parties, voting outcomes, political literacy and public participation
- Business – We need to develop business leaders and financial institutions to combat the effects of deepening austerity by creating jobs and business opportunities
- Education – We need more authors, public speakers, effective communicators, subject matter experts, schools, educators and representation at the highest levels of schools and universities. Additionally we need leadership in the informal education provided by the media in the form of journalists, bloggers, social media masters together with social icons in entertainment, the arts and sports.
- Faith – Leadership is needed to combat the effects of religious confusion and contention in society. Religious freedom is an increasing priority as is the rle and relevance of local churches in local communities.
When it comes to community or national transformation, the common denominator is leadership without which nothing of substance ever happens. History bares witness to this fact as we know that civil rights, voting rights, religious freedoms, workers rights, human rights and democracy itself were all secured by public leaders who were able to organise and mobilize groups to take intelligent action.
The Bible further bears witness to this timeless principal in it’s teaching that transformation always starts with leadership. A student of the Scriptures will notice that God starts with a call to leadership. This is why we have in 66 books telling the story of patriarchs, prophets, judges, kings, priests and apostles who were each called and chosen to make a difference through leadership.
A public leader is one who takes the initiative to develop or implement a social solution. The term ‘public leadership’ describes any public initiative or solution to social challenges that is intelligently designed or implemented by an individual.
The church today is full of public leaders who serve God and their generation on both micro and macro levels. From heading up a tenants association or neighbourhood watch to mentoring teens or participating in school governance. Likewise building businesses, social enterprising, creating employment and mentoring future entrepreneurs are also forms of public leadership.
Then we get to macro levels of political activism and campaigning, fundraising for strategic causes, church planting and community outreach into prisons, hospitals, schools or providing relief for impoverished communities and the victims of austerity.
Social cohesion, race relations, social justice, religious freedoms and more all call for public leadership and many of these spaces are being filled by Christians. However most of it is adhoc and accidental as opposed to strategic and intentional.
Bishop Wayne believes that the church must develop a culture of public leadership moving forward so that it becomes the soil from which public leaders emerge. He further believes that this must become intention and not occasional. i.e. we must deliberately and strategically develop:
- Political activists
- Business leaders
- Educational authorities
- Media moguls
- Social icons
- Out reach experts
- Powerful voices
He therefore created the iCAN Global Academy for the specific purpose of developing public leaders to address the challenges of modern life. In this respect we are actively developing students for a leadership role in society and require all students to embark on a project or initiative, addressing real issues by taking the lead.
Core beliefs and values as follows:
- Community transformation is possible through marketplace leadership
- Marketlace leadership should be intentional and strategic
- Intentional leadership requires training, development and preparation
- 90% of leadership is language and communication
- Learning the language of leadership in all spheres of social influence is a kingdom imperative