History in New Zealand
In 1989 Overseas Council New Zealand (OCNZ) was formed by a group of business people, as an autonomous affiliate to Overseas Council. They wanted to catalyse a Kiwi contribution to strategic, missional Christian leadership development in other countries. A board of trustees was established; business people who had given generously, and who encouraged their business colleagues to join with them. The growth of OCNZ took a step forward in 1996, with the appointment of an Executive Director, Tony Plews.
In the early 2000s, both Tony and board member Paul Windsor (then principal of Carey College, Auckland) had occasion to meet Chris Wright of Langham Partnership International, and had discussions about how OCNZ could also represent Langham Partnership International in New Zealand. Chris was encouraging of the relationship, so OCNZ put forward a proposal to this effect.
In 2006 OCNZ changed its name to Leadership Development International. Then largely because of the strong relationships and trust between Paul, Tony and Chris, in 2007 a formal motion was passed by Langham Partnership International that Leadership Development International should also represent Langham Partnership in New Zealand, opening the door for one team to serve two ministries.
In more recent years we have expressed this cohesion in the combined name of LeaDev-Langham, but remain faithful to both networks by presenting their logos alongside each other.
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