Pointman Leadership Institute: Ethics Training that Works

April 13, 2012


The vision of Pointman Leadership Institute (PLI) is to transform cultures by creating and supporting inspirational, trustworthy leaders. To do so, PLI provides trainings in character-based principled leadership as a means of evangelism.

In the last 17 years the ministry has taught In over 60 countrIes to nearly 75,000 law enforcement, government and busIness leaders. And without fail, somewhere during the workshops, PLI instructors are asked about the origin of Pointman’s curriculum. While it is clearly Bible-based, the Scripture is not cited. Instead, the truth rings out its self-evident identity.

Henry Blackaby summed up his popular Experiencing God curriculum by saying, “Find where God is working and go join Him.” A good admonition (it is certainly better than praying for God to endorse the activities we have chosen.) By intent, Pointman follows this “rule of thumb.”

In Romans 1:18-21 the Apostle Paul notes that God’s eternal power and divine nature speak without words to the soul of humanity. When God reveals Himself, whether in the wonders of creation, or when truth is spoken, it is self-evident in the hearts of people. One must “suppress the truth” within them in order to deny its claim on them.

By the end of a day’s workshop many are eager to know more about what they have been hearing for hours. Their hearts have been resonating in response. “Yes, that’s right. That makes sense. Where did this teaching come from?”

At that point PLI instructors conclude the workshop with an offer to provide an additional, optional 29-minute segment on the spiritual component of leadership. People may stay or go. It’s their decision. Often the audience must even “opt in,” that is, they must leave the room and return to be part of the 29 minutes. Only then do the instructors discuss openly What Followers of Jesus Believe.

Essentially what has happened is that the Creator and conscience have been speaking through the truths the Pointmen shared throughout the teaching day. PLI instructors are simply corroborating what is already known in the hearts of the audience. In a sense they say, “We’ve been humming a tune all day long and you have been tapping your feet in response. Would you like to know the words to the song?” It happens every time.

In a remote village in Zambia last summer a youth got up and ran to get his new Bible written in his native tongue. As he began to read another boy started to weep. In broken English he explained his tears. “I love God so much and my God often speaks to me. Hearing the Word of my God read out loud touched me so much that I cried.”

At the concluding ceremonies in the Democratic Republic of Congo the National General Commissioner of Police spoke, “I am very pleased to close this second day of seminars. You have made the right choice to participate in these seminars. I am thankful to our guests (the Point- man team) who have come to train us. The National Police and Military Forces of DRC need such training on leadership. We all need good val- ues of leadership to better serve our people, because our job is to watch over the population. But without God we will watch in vain. We must know and believe in God and serve Him through our job. When we follow the leadership principles we will become good police officers.”

Whether the audience members are believers or not, the results have a common thread. God has been at work throughout the seminar day. We have simply joined Him at His work.

It may interest you to know some of the people that have asked for the “optional,” to know more about What Followers of Jesus Believe. The Mongolian Parliament, the Military and Party Secretariats in China, the College of Generals in Russia, the Jordanian Police Academy, the Bolivian Air Force, the Governor’s staff in Ethiopia and the Prime Minister of Central African Republic.

Ahead this year are international missions to train the National Police of Camer- oon, the Parliament in Liberia, the Police Command Staff in Nigeria and govern- ment staff and Parliament members in South Sudan. In the United States, PLI has begun working with churches near major universities to provide leadership train- ing through those churches to international students. Both the local universities and the churches are eager to get involved. This “turn-key” method of outreach includes both the quality curriculum leaders worldwide have grown to respect and trust, as well as embedding immediate spiritual follow up by enlisting members of the partner churches.

To learn more about this branch of Hume Ministries visit pliglobal.org