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Plenary Sessions

The 2021 European Leadership Forum programme included plenary sessions for all participants to attend each morning and evening. These sessions consisted of worship, prayer, and teaching.

Peter J Williams
Peter J. Williams

Peter J. Williams is the Principal and CEO of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he received his MA, MPhil, and PhD in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible. After his PhD, he was on staff in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge (1997–1998) and thereafter taught Hebrew and Old Testament as an Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic at the University of Cambridge and Research Fellow in Old Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge (1998–2003). From 2003 to 2007 he was on the faculty of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he became a Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Deputy Head of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy. Since 2007 he has been leading Tyndale House. Dr Williams is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge, and a member of the Translation Oversight Committee of the English Standard Version of the Bible. His book Can We Trust the Gospels? (Crossway, 2018) has been translated into 12 languages. His rediscovery of part of the lost star catalogue of Hipparchus featured in the journal Nature in 2022. His latest book is The Surprising Genius of Jesus (Crossway, 2023).

Our Usual Sins and God’s Unusual Methods (Judges 1–5)

Once in the Promised Land, the Israelites have a constant tendency to depart from God. God repeatedly rescues them, but the people he uses are often not who you would expect. We see from the story of Ehud (Judges 3) the fairness of God’s judgement and his kindness to his people. No matter who we are, God can use us.

Words Matter (Judges 6–12)

Jephthah was used by God to rescue his people (Judges 11). However, he ruined a victory by his rash words. Today the temptation for leaders to abuse words, whether in speech or social media, is greater than ever and can have devastating effects. We need to look at our hearts and speak for the right reasons. Jephthah stands as a warning to us precisely because of the ways he contrasts with Jesus Christ.

Integrity Matters (Judges 13–16)

Samson succeeds for a while even though his motivation is wrong. Though God uses him, his habits and desires undermine his work and make his deliverance of Israel from the Philistines only partial. Sins have consequences and Samson illustrates these. We see how the integrity and motivation of leaders matters today and how only Jesus Christ is the perfect rescuer.

A Broken World That Needs the Good King (Judges 17–21)

The book of Judges ends with stories of idolatry, sexual violence, and war. It shows us the bleak situation of society without God and matches much of what we see around us today. We look at the Bible’s most disturbing story (Judges 19) and see how it makes us long for the Good King. The book calls Christian leaders to unite and stand up in a broken world.

Pablo Martinez
Pablo Martinez

Pablo was a European Leadership Forum Steering Committee member for more than 10 years. He currently works as a psychiatrist at a private practice in Barcelona. He has also developed an extensive itinerant ministry as a counsellor, speaker, and Bible teacher. He served as one of the vice-presidents of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA). He filled the role of President of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (1999-2009) and Professor of Pastoral Theology at several theological institutions. His books have been published in 17 languages. His most recent works are Mad or God?: Jesus, the Healthiest Mind of All (Inter-Varsity Press, England, co-authored) and Take Care of Yourself: Survive and Thrive in Ministry (Hendrickson Publishers and DictumPress). For more information see http://www.christian-thought.org.

Our Usual Sins and God’s Unusual Methods (Judges 1–5)

Once in the Promised Land, the Israelites have a constant tendency to depart from God. God repeatedly rescues them, but the people he uses are often not who you would expect. We see from the story of Ehud (Judges 3) the fairness of God’s judgement and his kindness to his people. No matter who we are, God can use us.

Words Matter (Judges 6–12)

Jephthah was used by God to rescue his people (Judges 11). However, he ruined a victory by his rash words. Today the temptation for leaders to abuse words, whether in speech or social media, is greater than ever and can have devastating effects. We need to look at our hearts and speak for the right reasons. Jephthah stands as a warning to us precisely because of the ways he contrasts with Jesus Christ.

Integrity Matters (Judges 13–16)

Samson succeeds for a while even though his motivation is wrong. Though God uses him, his habits and desires undermine his work and make his deliverance of Israel from the Philistines only partial. Sins have consequences and Samson illustrates these. We see how the integrity and motivation of leaders matters today and how only Jesus Christ is the perfect rescuer.

A Broken World That Needs the Good King (Judges 17–21)

The book of Judges ends with stories of idolatry, sexual violence, and war. It shows us the bleak situation of society without God and matches much of what we see around us today. We look at the Bible’s most disturbing story (Judges 19) and see how it makes us long for the Good King. The book calls Christian leaders to unite and stand up in a broken world.

Albert Mohler
Albert Mohler

R. Albert Mohler Jr. is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an esteemed authority on contemporary issues and has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. In addition to his presidential duties, he is a professor of Christian theology, president of the Evangelical Theological Society, and hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview, and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. Dr. Mohler has authored numerous books, his most recent being The Gathering Storm: Secularism, Culture, and the Church, The Apostles’ Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeit, The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down, and a two-volume commentary on the book of Acts.

Our Usual Sins and God’s Unusual Methods (Judges 1–5)

Once in the Promised Land, the Israelites have a constant tendency to depart from God. God repeatedly rescues them, but the people he uses are often not who you would expect. We see from the story of Ehud (Judges 3) the fairness of God’s judgement and his kindness to his people. No matter who we are, God can use us.

Words Matter (Judges 6–12)

Jephthah was used by God to rescue his people (Judges 11). However, he ruined a victory by his rash words. Today the temptation for leaders to abuse words, whether in speech or social media, is greater than ever and can have devastating effects. We need to look at our hearts and speak for the right reasons. Jephthah stands as a warning to us precisely because of the ways he contrasts with Jesus Christ.

Integrity Matters (Judges 13–16)

Samson succeeds for a while even though his motivation is wrong. Though God uses him, his habits and desires undermine his work and make his deliverance of Israel from the Philistines only partial. Sins have consequences and Samson illustrates these. We see how the integrity and motivation of leaders matters today and how only Jesus Christ is the perfect rescuer.

A Broken World That Needs the Good King (Judges 17–21)

The book of Judges ends with stories of idolatry, sexual violence, and war. It shows us the bleak situation of society without God and matches much of what we see around us today. We look at the Bible’s most disturbing story (Judges 19) and see how it makes us long for the Good King. The book calls Christian leaders to unite and stand up in a broken world.

Diane Langberg
Diane Langberg

Diane Langberg is globally recognized for her 47 years of clinical work with trauma victims. She has trained caregivers on six continents in responding to trauma and to the abuse of power. She also directs her own counseling practice in Jenkintown, PA, Diane Langberg, Ph.D. & Associates, which includes seventeen therapists with multiple specialties. Dr. Langberg’s newest book is Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church. Other books include Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse, On the Threshold of Hope (with accompanying workbook), In Our Lives First: Meditations for Counselors, and Suffering the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores. Dr. Langberg is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Achievements from Taylor University., the American Association of Christian Counselors Caregiver Award, The Distinguished President’s award, and the Philadelphia Council of Clergy’s Christian Service Award. She is married and has two sons and four grandchildren.

Our Usual Sins and God’s Unusual Methods (Judges 1–5)

Once in the Promised Land, the Israelites have a constant tendency to depart from God. God repeatedly rescues them, but the people he uses are often not who you would expect. We see from the story of Ehud (Judges 3) the fairness of God’s judgement and his kindness to his people. No matter who we are, God can use us.

Words Matter (Judges 6–12)

Jephthah was used by God to rescue his people (Judges 11). However, he ruined a victory by his rash words. Today the temptation for leaders to abuse words, whether in speech or social media, is greater than ever and can have devastating effects. We need to look at our hearts and speak for the right reasons. Jephthah stands as a warning to us precisely because of the ways he contrasts with Jesus Christ.

Integrity Matters (Judges 13–16)

Samson succeeds for a while even though his motivation is wrong. Though God uses him, his habits and desires undermine his work and make his deliverance of Israel from the Philistines only partial. Sins have consequences and Samson illustrates these. We see how the integrity and motivation of leaders matters today and how only Jesus Christ is the perfect rescuer.

A Broken World That Needs the Good King (Judges 17–21)

The book of Judges ends with stories of idolatry, sexual violence, and war. It shows us the bleak situation of society without God and matches much of what we see around us today. We look at the Bible’s most disturbing story (Judges 19) and see how it makes us long for the Good King. The book calls Christian leaders to unite and stand up in a broken world.

Kristi Mair
Kristi Mair

Kristi Mair teaches philosophy, ethics, and apologetics at Oak Hill College in London, UK, where she also provides pastoral support for F students. She holds a degree in philosophy and theology, as well as an MA in philosophy of religion and ethics. She is currently working on her PhD in the area of epistemology in philosophical theology, with a particular focus on Michael Polanyi, Esther Meek, and Augustine. Kristi worked for 8 years with a campus-based ministry in the UK (UCCF), and she continues to speak regularly at mission weeks and events across Europe. Kristi has a heart for engaging people with the message of Jesus, developing a Christian mind, and raising the next generation of apologists to live out our calling as disciples to love God and our neighbour. Kristi is the author of MORE > Truth (IVP, 2019), Co-editor of Healthy Faith (IVP, 2020), a board member and speaker for Chrysolis, and an itinerant SOLAS Associate Speaker.

Our Usual Sins and God’s Unusual Methods (Judges 1–5)

Once in the Promised Land, the Israelites have a constant tendency to depart from God. God repeatedly rescues them, but the people he uses are often not who you would expect. We see from the story of Ehud (Judges 3) the fairness of God’s judgement and his kindness to his people. No matter who we are, God can use us.

Words Matter (Judges 6–12)

Jephthah was used by God to rescue his people (Judges 11). However, he ruined a victory by his rash words. Today the temptation for leaders to abuse words, whether in speech or social media, is greater than ever and can have devastating effects. We need to look at our hearts and speak for the right reasons. Jephthah stands as a warning to us precisely because of the ways he contrasts with Jesus Christ.

Integrity Matters (Judges 13–16)

Samson succeeds for a while even though his motivation is wrong. Though God uses him, his habits and desires undermine his work and make his deliverance of Israel from the Philistines only partial. Sins have consequences and Samson illustrates these. We see how the integrity and motivation of leaders matters today and how only Jesus Christ is the perfect rescuer.

A Broken World That Needs the Good King (Judges 17–21)

The book of Judges ends with stories of idolatry, sexual violence, and war. It shows us the bleak situation of society without God and matches much of what we see around us today. We look at the Bible’s most disturbing story (Judges 19) and see how it makes us long for the Good King. The book calls Christian leaders to unite and stand up in a broken world.

Mike Betts
Mike Betts

Mike Betts is one of the leaders of Relational Mission, a family of churches itself part of the wider Newfrontiers group. Mike is the author of 'From the Inside Out, Relational Mission: A Way of Life', 'The Prayers of Many', and 'Everyone a Witness'. Mike enjoys serving the church, helping her realise and enjoy her inheritance in Christ. This involves church planting, gospel expansion, empowering the poor, developing corporate prayer, and seeing the next generation grow into all that God has for them. Mike is married to Sue. They live in the UK and are currently serving predominantly in North London. Relational Mission seeks to plant and strengthen churches in the UK, mainland Europe, and across growing global connections.

Our Usual Sins and God’s Unusual Methods (Judges 1–5)

Once in the Promised Land, the Israelites have a constant tendency to depart from God. God repeatedly rescues them, but the people he uses are often not who you would expect. We see from the story of Ehud (Judges 3) the fairness of God’s judgement and his kindness to his people. No matter who we are, God can use us.

Words Matter (Judges 6–12)

Jephthah was used by God to rescue his people (Judges 11). However, he ruined a victory by his rash words. Today the temptation for leaders to abuse words, whether in speech or social media, is greater than ever and can have devastating effects. We need to look at our hearts and speak for the right reasons. Jephthah stands as a warning to us precisely because of the ways he contrasts with Jesus Christ.

Integrity Matters (Judges 13–16)

Samson succeeds for a while even though his motivation is wrong. Though God uses him, his habits and desires undermine his work and make his deliverance of Israel from the Philistines only partial. Sins have consequences and Samson illustrates these. We see how the integrity and motivation of leaders matters today and how only Jesus Christ is the perfect rescuer.

A Broken World That Needs the Good King (Judges 17–21)

The book of Judges ends with stories of idolatry, sexual violence, and war. It shows us the bleak situation of society without God and matches much of what we see around us today. We look at the Bible’s most disturbing story (Judges 19) and see how it makes us long for the Good King. The book calls Christian leaders to unite and stand up in a broken world.