Leadership International was officially formed in 1982 from the need to train and encourage National pastors.

The organization was conceived in Pastor Riling’s heart in the early 1970’s when upon the completion of a short term missions trip to India. He noticed a dependence upon the UK and the USA, low self-esteem in the native pastors, no ownership of the work, and little trust in God. This stirred a desire in him to lift the hands of the native pastors so they would be encouraged and strengthened. He was brought together with Bill Finke who was doing missions work in villages in Mexico. As they worked together, doing conferences in local villages, the training and encouragement of local pastors began to take place. The Holy Spirit spoke into Pastor Riling’s heart, “Do not pay their way.” So, Pastor Riling and Bill began to teach the native pastors to sacrifice, pray and trust God to meet their needs, and to seek the plan of God for their lives expecting dreams and visions. The pastors were encouraged to attend conferences beyond their local area.

1 Samuel 16:7 reads, “Samuel as he inspected the house of Jesse; there were many good-looking men yet they were not chosen. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart. Then he sent for the youngest one tending the sheep, David, ruddy with a fine appearance and handsome features, and the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him he is the one.” Pastor Riling and Bill helped identify leadership and established trust for the pastors in the people.

Today it is very exciting to see the revitalization of Leadership International in purpose and outreach around the world.  


Our purpose is governed by two concepts:  the first is that every Christian is commissioned to go into all the world and preach the gospel (Matt. 28:19).  The second governing concept is that if you give a man a fish, he will eat it and soon be hungry again; but if you teach him how to fish, he is able to feed himself and others. Our Goal is to ensure ministries are self-sufficient and dependent on God. 

Leadership International was formed with these two concepts in mind.  We seek to be a channel,  which provides opportunities for Christians to become involved in short and long term outreaches overseas.

Our focus is to reach the world for Christ by teaching and training international church leaders so that they can better lead and encourage their congregations, evangelize, and be more effective in their ministries.

We are working towards these goals by:

  • Developing close relationships with pastors and leaders from around the world.
  • We go into a country by invitation only because we are coming to encourage and serve you.
  • We help organize conferences in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Teaching international church leaders practical methods and principles for church leadership.
  • Encouraging international church leaders to visit, minister in, and be trained in churches around the world.
  • Networking among the many Christian international ministries