LISTEN NOW! John, Greg, and Pat discuss the power of casting vision and creating the right environment as they discuss a recent talk given by President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, Bill Strickland. Bill spoke at the Harvard School of Public Health as part of the Decision – making: Voices from the Field webcast leadership series. He has done an exceptional job in building state of the art learning centers for impoverished people living in the inner city of Pittsburgh. One of Bill’s key philosophies is environment drives behavior, beautiful environment creates beautiful kids; prisons create prisoners. He found out that children and people in general perform a much higher level when they are in a better environment and when they have vision cast upon them for the future. They continue to discuss when jazz musician Dizzy Gillepsi saw fist hand what was being accomplished at the center he knew he had to help Bill build more centers like the one in Pittsburgh all around the country. Dizzy gathered a few musicians together and recorded several albums giving the rights to Bill. These albums went to win Grammys as well as generate funds for the educational center. Bill’s vision is so compelling that the founder of EBay wrote him a half a million dollar check and Senator Heinz wrote him a $1 million dollar check. Today their vision is to build these first class educational centers not only in the United States but they have an aggressive goal of building 100 of them around the world. The educational center teaches vocational skills, entrepreneurship, horticulture, and arts. They continue to discuss the possibilities of what could happen when the church establishes Apostolic Centers to equip the saints to advance God’s kingdom in the earth. They continue to discuss how these Apostolic centers can have a profound effect on the 7 Mountains that affect our world; religion, family, education, government, media, arts & entertainment, and business. The church needs to stop looking to government and allow God to provide for you. When the church gets this vision we will want to see the King of Kings on the top of all these mountains that we may be faithful to His word and His ways in our land.
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