WHAT WE DO
The heart of International Leadership Ministries is our Signature Three Year Program. We equip Christian women currently serving in leadership roles in their respective churches, ministries and/or organizations to provide them with much needed support, encouragment and training.
Our Signature Program combines biblical studies, character development and ministry development. Our time together reveals each woman’s unique design and gifting by God. We help them discover how to live and lead through their strengths and gifts to impact their realm of influence.
“I was really dry and empty before coming. I feel now that my emptiness is gone. I have felt loved and cared for.”
“I really wanted to come to learn. I am going to talk a lot about this conference and teach it to others.”
“I knew that they knew our weaknesses, but they only looked at our strengths. I learned one thing from the Lord—not to condemn someone else for their weaknesses.”
“We learn so many good things from you. I am savoring one and you are onto the next one. I must take time to applicate.”
“When I arrived I was fearful—everyone was hugging and kissing and I thought you all knew each other. Then I realized that you didn’t know everyone. You were just being welcoming. I have so much love from everyone; I don’t know what to do with it!”
In late 2009 God called us to “leadership training” for women leaders around the world. We realized Indigenous women leaders are positioned to have a huge impact in their realm of influence. However, these women are inadequately prepared for the many challenges they face.
In May 2012, we launched a three year regional program in the Middle East that combined biblical studies, character development and ministry skills. Our trained leadership team engaged and challenged Christian women leaders from Iraq, Israel, Jordan and Egypt.
The women came to us discouraged and beaten down. We walked side-by-side with them for three years in relational teaching and mentoring support. It’s been a privilege to watch our graduates blossom into strong, confident women, prepared and ready to take on the challenges of leadership. They left serving freely in the power of the Spirit with new resources in each other.
These women remain in our hearts and in our lives and we continue to encourage and uplift them.
Since the success of our 2015 graduating class, we’re more inspired than ever to continue lifting Christian women leaders to become all God created them to be.
Our second Signature Program began in October of 2017 to serve under-resourced women leaders in Arizona from the Navajo Nation and Phoenix’s inner city. We’re excited to witness God’s work in a new group of women leaders.
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible (the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments) to be the inspirited, inerrant and infallible Word of God.
We believe in one eternal God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that humankind was created in the image of God; that humankind sinned and thereby incurred physical death and spiritual death (which is separation from God); and that humankind is born with a sinful nature.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His second coming in power and glory.
We believe that salvation is a gift through faith in Christ alone, and that all who recieve by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are justified and born again of the Holy Spirit and become children of God eternally.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the spritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Great Commission given by the Lord Jesus Christ to the Church to evangelize the world and to disciple believers.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dan Pirtle, Board Chair
Dan’s professional background has been in information technology and commercial software development. Dan serves as Vice President of Application Development for Advisor Group, providing Broker Dealer technology and services to independent financial advisors. Prior, he held software related management position at McKesson, Insight Direct and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Northern Arizona Universitey as well as a Master in Business Administration from Seattle University.
Dan and is wife, Deborah, have 3 grown children. Together, the serve in an enrichment class at Scottsdale Bible Church, where they attend.
Deb Pirtle, CEO
Deb leads International Leadership Ministries, formerly known as Global Training Institute for Women. She’s been a part of the planning and implementing team of ILM since 2010. She’s served in women’s ministries for over 15 years, leading, mentoring and teaching women inside and outside of prison. She currently leads women’s outreach at Scottsdale Bible Church.
Deb earned her B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University. Deb’s passion is to walk with women on the journey to finding freedom so they can live closer to their original design.
Deb and her husband, Dan, have been married 30 years. Together, they love spending time with thier 3 sons, daughter-in-law and young grandson.
Bob Malouf, Board Member
Bob has been in the home building business for 50 years. He has served on the boards of Central Arizona Home Builder’s Association, Westmont College, One Challenge International Mission Agency, Scottdale Bible Church and Young Life.
His love, however, is to help folks come closer to Jesus in the context of community. He facilitates that by contextually teaching God’s Word weekely to a group of Christ followers. From there, he helps them as they serve the poor and disenfranchised. This often involves food, as gourmet cooking is his hobby.
Bob and his wife, Mary, usually serve together, frequently inviting guest into their home. They have 2 married sons and 4 adult grandchildren.
Don Enevoldsen, Board Member
Don is the lead writer for Family Offices, a marriage and family ministry. He is the author of numerous books, including Chatter in the Sanctuary, Simple Prayer, Wealth of the Wicked and Friends, Family & Other Enemies. Don has served in ministry for more than 40 years in various capacities, including Bible teacher and pastor. He is a board member for Majestic Glory, a ministry devoted to bringing unity to the global church.
Don’s heart is to empower people through the understanding and application of truth. The love of his life is his wife, Christina. They share 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Theresa Crawley, Board Member
Theresa Crawley is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has taken an important role in improving the lives of individuals through expert counseling and psychotherapy. She works with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues, providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond.