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2022 Disciple-Making Leaders (Advanced) Network

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    Disciple-Making Leaders
Equipping Christian leaders in Europe to help God’s people grow to maturity

This network builds on the foundation laid by the Foundational Disciple-Making Leaders Network through expanding content depth and drawing connections as well as providing a keen focus on practical application in disciple-making ministries in the local context.

We will help envision, equip, and encourage you as a leader for disciple-making, because while Jesus’ command to make disciples is straightforward, the practice of it can be quite complex and require clear insight, skill, and understanding as well as plenty of support from fellow practitioners. Our vision is that Christ would multiply your disciple-making leadership to many others and thus impact Europe with the transforming power of the gospel. At the end of our time, you will have working knowledge of critical areas of discipleship content from people who have great experience and expertise. You will also have a clear plan of action to apply this wisdom and its facets to genuinely impact those with whom you work locally.  

In order to attend this network, you must already be discipling others or be willing to commit to lead others in discipleship relationship and be held accountable to that work over the next year.  Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

Applicants should be leaders who have previously attended the European Leadership Forum Disciple-Making Leaders Network: Foundational Track. The Advanced Track will help participants move from principles to practical application sensitive to each person's ministry context.

Network Leadership

Jay Eastman was born and raised in the US, attending The Ohio State University for undergraduate and graduate school. He has degrees in English and English education. He is married to Holly, and they have three children. He has taught English around the world and has served in Berlin, leading works in social outreach, evangelism, discipleship, and church planting, since 2001. He also serves as a consultant with Global Training and Development and Results-based Conversations™, providing solutions for groups seeking effective ways to collaborate in the midst of complex situations.

Rick Hill is a speaker, leader and writer from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He works for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in the areas of discipleship and leadership and has recently published his first book, Deep Roots of Resilient Disciples. Rick also serves as an elder in Carnmoney Church and has recently been coordinating discipleship ministry there. Prior to this, Rick comes from a background in youth ministry with both Scripture Union and in a local church. Rick is married to Sarah, they have two young sons, and in his spare time, he enjoys running.

Network Speakers

Zala Cempre was born and raised in Slovenia, where she now serves as an overseer of youth and young adults ministry in her local church in Ljubljana. There, she disciples, leads, and trains a group of volunteers. On a national level, she leads a 2-year discipleship program for college students and serves as a director of evangelical camps. Zala loves to take students on short-term trips to former Yugoslavian countries where they serve the needs of the local churches. Zala holds a bachelor’s degree in management and master’s degree in international business.

Jay Eastman was born and raised in the US, attending The Ohio State University for undergraduate and graduate school. He has degrees in English and English education. He is married to Holly, and they have three children. He has taught English around the world and has served in Berlin, leading works in social outreach, evangelism, discipleship, and church planting, since 2001. He also serves as a consultant with Global Training and Development and Results-based Conversations™, providing solutions for groups seeking effective ways to collaborate in the midst of complex situations.

Rick Hill is a speaker, leader and writer from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He works for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in the areas of discipleship and leadership and has recently published his first book, Deep Roots of Resilient Disciples. Rick also serves as an elder in Carnmoney Church and has recently been coordinating discipleship ministry there. Prior to this, Rick comes from a background in youth ministry with both Scripture Union and in a local church. Rick is married to Sarah, they have two young sons, and in his spare time, he enjoys running.

Marcus Honeysett is the director of Living Leadership. Living Leadership trains, disciples, and provides soul care for church leaders in the UK and beyond through its networks and associates, and by serving other ministries who share the same aims. Living Leadership provides mentoring, residentials, courses, online opportunities for nurture, and a leadership school in partnership with Above Bar Church in Southampton. Its vision is for flourishing leaders in disciple-making churches. Marcus is married to Ros. They have a football-mad six-year-old.

Network Programme

Sunday, 22 May

This session introduces the vision of the Disciple-Making Leaders Advanced Network as well as the expectations for Network participants. As we live out the vision amongst one another, it will then be carried back to our local ministries to make a lasting impact.

Disciple-making leaders face new realities because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. How can we continue to produce resilient followers of Christ regardless of the circumstances? In this session, we will reflect on the marks that have been left and the lessons that have been learned in this difficult time and identify key principles for disciple-making in a post-pandemic world.

Monday, 23 May

The Evangelical Christian world has been rocked by leadership scandals in recent years. We have become more aware of self-centred, toxic, or even abusive forms of leadership, and the devastating effects this has on the body of Christ. This session will explore how we can seek to influence the lives of others and the people we lead while avoiding some key pitfalls and problems for Christian leaders.

If principles are not applied, they remain only ideas. We want to equip participants to turn their ideas into actions. In this practical session, participants will engage with ministry scenarios that will challenge them to observe, reflect, and apply what they’ve learned in the network. They will also work with others in a small group to best respond to disciple-making situations.

Tuesday, 24 May

Is it possible to question one’s faith without losing it? How can we disciple and love young people who ask such questions? This “deconstruction of faith” or doubting and questioning one’s faith can feel like traversing a desert alone. In this session, we will discuss what this doubt is and is not, how it impacts churches now and in the future, how to practically love and engage as we walk with others through the desert (or go through it ourselves), and the hope we have in the journey of reconstruction.

How does God work in us to live renewed lives? How can we be His light to one another and to those struggling in darkness? This joint session of the Foundational and Advanced Disciple-Making Leaders Networks will examine Philippians and focus on how God works powerfully in us for the benefit of others.

Wednesday, 25 May

Every disciple-making leader has times where certain challenges of discipleship have no obvious answers. We'll look at some particularly troubling questions such as, “Why didn’t this person or group multiply?” and “What’s happening when a person is interested but shows no growth over time?” as well as working through present-day problems from you in the network. The group will also use this information to springboard into writing a strategic discipleship plan to apply back at home.

In this last session together, you will finish writing your strategic discipleship plans and share them with the group, who will give encouragement and feedback on clarifying and strengthening your plan. We will also form cohort groups to keep one another accountable to the plans we've made and spur each other on throughout the year.