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2022 Leaders of Christian Organisations (Emerging Leaders) Network

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    Leaders of Christian Organisations Emerging Leaders Network
Equipping European leaders for faithfulness and excellence

The Leaders of Christian Organizations Network: Emerging Leaders Track seeks to equip younger leaders to direct the continent’s Christian churches and organizations in a way that ensures the greatest impact for God’s Kingdom. This Network seeks to provide practical wisdom, useful leadership insights, and biblically-based solutions to key problem areas, as well as to encourage leaders facing key organisational challenges. This Network also addresses significant issues that new leaders may encounter, from how to deal with their own assumptions of personal integrity and virtue, to topics like strategic planning, vision-casting, time management, and delegation, prioritising organisational objectives, and assessing finances and resource development.

Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

Applicants should be leading or helping to lead Christian organisations or churches.  They should be seeking practical tools and biblically-based solutions in key problem areas of the leader's role.

Network Leadership

John Stevens is the National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, a family of over 500 Bible-centred churches in the UK, a position that he has held since 2010. Prior to this, he was one of the founding pastors of City Evangelical Church Birmingham, which was planted in the centre of the UK’s 2nd largest city in 1999. He was instrumental in starting the Midlands Gospel Partnership, was the course Director of the Midlands Ministry Training Course and is a visiting lecturer at Oak Hill Theological College. John is also one of the pastors of Christchurch Market Harborough, a church he helped to plant when he took up his current role.  He was converted whilst studying law at Cambridge University, and after taking a post-graduate degree at the University of Oxford worked for 16 years as a University Lecturer, ending his career as Deputy Head of the Law School at the University of Birmingham. John is married to Ursula and they have four children aged between 12 and 7. He blogs at www.john-stevens.com on theology, church life and ministry, culture, and politics.

Jen Charteris, originally from South Africa, is executive director of Crosslands Training, which provides in-context theological training up to PhD level across the UK, Europe, and beyond. Previously she spent over 25 years working in strategic change, organisational consulting, and board and leadership development. She has been a senior advisor on major change programmes in government, defence, infrastructure, and financial services, taught on various MBA programmes and at the UK Military’s Defence Academy, worked internationally with the leaders of Christian ministry organisations, and has many years of board experience. She is married to Hugo, a church pastor and planter in the north of England, and they have two adult children.

Network Speakers

Sarah Breuel serves as the director of Revive Europe and the evangelism training coordinator for IFES Europe. Included in Christianity Today’s “33 under 33” list of leaders to watch, Sarah served as chair of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering 2016. Originally from Brazil and currently living in Rome, Sarah has worked for IFES in four national movements in the last 17 years (Brazil, Canada, Norway, and Italy) and currently works in the European region. She has a business degree, MDiv from Regent College, and serves globally in the Lausanne Board of Directors. Sarah is married to René. They have planted a vibrant church in Rome and have two boys: Pietro and Matteo.

Jen Charteris, originally from South Africa, is executive director of Crosslands Training, which provides in-context theological training up to PhD level across the UK, Europe, and beyond. Previously she spent over 25 years working in strategic change, organisational consulting, and board and leadership development. She has been a senior advisor on major change programmes in government, defence, infrastructure, and financial services, taught on various MBA programmes and at the UK Military’s Defence Academy, worked internationally with the leaders of Christian ministry organisations, and has many years of board experience. She is married to Hugo, a church pastor and planter in the north of England, and they have two adult children.

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 has authored 5 books, most recently "Powerful Leaders? - When Christian Leadership Goes Wrong and How to Prevent It". Marcus is married to Ros. They have a football-mad eight-year-old.

Dave Patty has been involved in training youth leaders and leading national and international youth movements in Europe for over 30 years. He serves as the president of Josiah Venture. He is also a founding member of Global Youth Initiative, which mobilizes and equips youth ministry trainers in over 60 countries of the world. Dave is an ordained pastor with a BA in theology and a MA in education. He has also done graduate work in leadership development at Harvard University. For the past 27 years he has lived in the Czech Republic, and he spent the 10 years before that in Germany. Dave is married to Connie and has three grown children, Tyler, Caleb, and Claire.

Peter Saunders was born in New Zealand and originally trained as a general surgeon before serving with the Africa Inland Mission in Kenya and completing two years of mission training at All Nations Christian College in the UK. From 1992 to 2018 he served full-time with Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members, first as Head of Student Ministries, and from 1999 as Chief Executive. From 2006 to 2018 he also served as Campaign Director of the Care Not Killing Alliance, a coalition of over 40 organisations in the UK promoting palliative care and opposing euthanasia. Since January 2019 he has been CEO of the ICMDA (International Christian Medical and Dental Association) which brings together national associations of doctors and dentists in over 80 countries worldwide. His work has involved leadership training, teaching evangelism and ethics, medical mission, writing, editing, and media work. His wife Kirsty is a retired community paediatrician and they have three sons, Christopher, Benjamin and Jonathan, and two grandchildren. They are members of Spicer Street Church, St Albans. www.icmda.net; http://pjsaunders.blogspot.com/

John Stevens is the National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, a family of over 500 Bible-centred churches in the UK, a position that he has held since 2010. Prior to this, he was one of the founding pastors of City Evangelical Church Birmingham, which was planted in the centre of the UK’s 2nd largest city in 1999. He was instrumental in starting the Midlands Gospel Partnership, was the course Director of the Midlands Ministry Training Course and is a visiting lecturer at Oak Hill Theological College. John is also one of the pastors of Christchurch Market Harborough, a church he helped to plant when he took up his current role.  He was converted whilst studying law at Cambridge University, and after taking a post-graduate degree at the University of Oxford worked for 16 years as a University Lecturer, ending his career as Deputy Head of the Law School at the University of Birmingham. John is married to Ursula and they have four children aged between 12 and 7. He blogs at www.john-stevens.com on theology, church life and ministry, culture, and politics.

David Sveen is the Chairman of the Board of Cedarstone Holdings, Inc. He earned his BS in business at Northern Illinois University, and his MBA in finance at DePaul University.  He earned his MA in from Wheaton College and his PhD in Theological Education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His professional background includes thirteen years in senior management with the investment banking firm Griffin, Kubik, Stephens, and Thompson, as well as an adjunct assistant professorship at Wheaton College.  He serves as a Trustee of the Domanada Foundation and board member of Faith and Learning International, the Trinity Forum, and serves as a board member for the Heska Corporation and TC Wealth Advisors.

Network Programme

Sunday, 22 May

What is anointing? How does God anoint people and in which ways does anointing manifest? Looking into the life of King David, we will discuss how God anoints people for leadership, how can we steward an anointing from God, and what are the costs, sacrifices, and joy that come with it. We will reflect on how we can as leaders follow Jesus, the anointed One. 

All too frequently Christian leaders who have started well fail to endure in ministry because they have, wittingly or unwittingly, adopted a false model of leadership that reflects more the pattern of the world than that of the Lord Jesus. Such leadership can end in serious public scandal that discredits the gospel. This temptation can be immensely subtle. We therefore need to understand the true biblical pattern for leadership. This session will lay the foundations for faithful and enduring leadership by contrasting the self-centred behaviour of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law with the servant leadership of the Lord Jesus. Only when we follow Jesus’ example will we have a lasting ministry that can truly bless the church and glorify him.

Monday, 23 May

Far too many leaders get to their mid-40s and realise that they have adopted patterns that are unsustainable for them. The burdens become heavier and more complex and their energy levels run low. They find they have to keep everything going and look good on the surface, but their fuel tank runs dry, their spiritual life gets stuck and so does their ministry. How can we ensure that as we become more experienced leaders we do not lose sight of the beauty of Jesus and the wonder of the gospel amid all the demands and pressures? How can we ensure we will rest in Jesus and receive encouragement that is adequate to the demands made upon us. This seminar will consider what the Bible has to say about remaining vibrantly spiritually healthy leaders for the long haul.

Life is made up of transitions. Each life transition is composed of an ending, a neutral zone and a new beginning and requires that we grow personally through a period of disorientation and reorientation. If any ministry is to last and grow over time its leaders must learn how to manage multiple personal and work life transitions, each of which involves letting go of an old situation, negotiating the confusion of ‘inbetweenness’ and launching out into the new. What strategies can we use to cope with the difficult, painful and bewildering times in our lives as leaders? What can we learn from biblical models of transition? How can we best manage our own personal transitions and coach members of our teams through theirs?

Tuesday, 24 May

Since there are only a limited number of hours in a day, a leader’s impact is most extended by their ability to recruit and develop an outstanding team. How does one choose and motivate the right people, and build a balance of personalities and gifts? How are those people financed, and what needs to be done to keep them motivated and healthy? In this session we will discuss three common paradigms of team building, and explore how only one of them will deliver the long-term results that you, as a leader, need.

Both the enduring culture of our organisations and the day-to-day climate in our teams have a powerful impact on the health and effectiveness of people and ministries. Whether we like it or not, a leader's character, presence, emotions, choices and behaviour all have an enormous impact on both culture and climate. The Bible's truths, stories and patterns challenge us to be intentional in shaping every aspect of team and organisational culture, from the mundane to the strategic. This session will provide a biblical framework for reflecting on how and why you shape the dynamics of your team and organisation, and provide you with tools that will help you bring biblical vision and godly intentionality to the culture you lead.

Wednesday, 25 May

This session focuses on developing leaders for long-term, sustainable impact. There is no shortage of stories of leaders who fail to live into their call or to finish their ministries well. Why is this so, and how can leaders prepare themselves for the stresses, pressures, and demands of leading organizations? This workshop will examine the Biblical perspective on leadership development, and on four pillars of effective leadership found in the Social Sciences. We will examine the difference between management and leadership, the characteristics of effective leadership, and how leadership impacted the development of the early church in pagan societies.

In this final session of the track, several of the speakers will return for a discussion session, responding to questions and exploring themes from across the past few days. The panel will also lead you through a structured reflection, helping you to draw together the insights gathered and questions raised for you across the past few days, and to make some choices about what you’ll follow up on and how you’ll do that in practice, with an opportunity to pray together with fellow leaders.