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2022 Leaders of Christian Organisations (Experienced Leaders) Network

Detailed information about this Network's 2022 sessions is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the session information from last year further below for a look at the high quality of instructors, teaching, and content available in this network.
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    Leaders of Christian Organisations Experienced Leaders Network
Equipping European leaders for faithfulness and excellence

The Leaders of Christian Organizations Network: Experienced Leaders Track seeks to equip 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 experienced 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.

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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 Masters’ level across the UK, Europe, and the 10:40 window.  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.

2021 Network Programme

Detailed information about this Network's 2022 sessions is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from last year for a look at the high quality of instructors, teaching, and content available in this network:

Jen Charteris, originally from South Africa, is executive director of Crosslands Training, which provides in-context theological training up to Masters’ level across the UK, Europe, and the 10:40 window.  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.

Ray Evans is the FIEC Leadership Consultant serving over 600 churches in the UK. He gives advice to leaders, their teams, and the churches they serve. He writes a regular leadership blog on the FIEC web site, and is the author of books such as Ready, Steady, Grow, and Church Leadership. He has served as pastor at Grace Community Church in Bedford, England for nearly 40 years. The church has seen significant growth and now has a staff team that Ray mentors and advises. He is a regular conference speaker at events such as Word Alive, Keswick, Bible by the Beach, and many others.

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.

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.

Mirek Pieszka was a pioneer and the first national director of ChSA (IFES Poland) in the nineties, and he later assumed the role of associate regional secretary for the IFES European Region. Through the IFES ministry, he has been coordinating many strategic developments, including Student Leadership Formación; International Student Ministry network; regional network for training National Directors; and the European Student Forum (ESF) on Christian involvement in public spheres of life. He has always been passionate about growing leaders and laying strong governance foundations for the ministry at the same time. Since 2012, he has been serving as the director of the global IFES Governance Development Program. Mirek is married to Ewa and they have three grown up children. Ewa serves in pastoral care and counselling ministry in different IFES national movements as well as for the church in the country.

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’ 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 one grandson. They are members of Spicer Street Church, St Albans. www.icmda.nethttp://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.

Whether you’ve been in leadership roles for years or you’re new to leadership in a formal sense, we all know what it’s like to be led by different kinds of leaders. This session kicks off the track by taking us back to the most basic questions of what leadership is under Christ. It will be an opportunity to revisit your assumptions about leadership in general and to reflect prayerfully on your own leadership in particular. (Joint session with the Leaders Network Group B)

As leaders, we're all deeply conscious of the challenges and responsibilities of leadership in a volatile and uncertain world. This session will reflect on the essential character of a leader - created, fallen, and redeemed. We will consider the importance of character for leadership in general, and prayerfully consider its impact on our own leadership. (Joint session with the Leaders Network Group B)

Very few people set out in Christian leadership with any intention of abusing power or position. Sadly, however, some do. In this session we will explore the downwards journey, considering how we can be tempted into illegitimate leadership and pastoral practice by using our influence and relationships to avoid accountability and exceed our authority.

Boards and governance structures come in different shapes and sizes, and their style and role may adjust over time as an organisation changes. But healthy accountability structures, enacted with godly wisdom and humility, have been part of the way God leads his people throughout history. This session will examine biblical principles underpinning good governance and help you think about how to develop a healthy board and governance practices in your context. It will draw on the speakers’ experience of working with the boards of ministry and secular organisations around the world.

Crises can be creeping, slow-burn or sudden and unexpected. The key to leading through them (whether personal, community, national, or global) is to understand that the challenges we face are within the sovereign plan of God and pose both threats to be mitigated but also opportunities to grasp. In this session, Dr. Peter Saunders will explore the phases of crisis management and the key elements of leading through crises, rooting all this in biblical foundations and illustrating it through personal experience and case studies.

Just as a family's needs and dynamics change through different seasons of life, so organizations mature through different stages in their life-cycle, and the style and role of leaders needs to adapt accordingly. Often the most effective type of leadership at the beginning becomes the very thing that hinders further growth later on. A wise leader must change their leadership style to match the current needs of the church or organization. If not, the leader begins to burn out and growth comes to a halt. Fortunately, this organizational life-cycle is predictable. What are these typical stages of development? How can a leader learn to shift “leadership gears” in order to enable continued growth?

This session will encourage leaders to become more intentional about investing in coming generations of leaders. We will first clearly establish the principle of leaders helping leaders. We will then examine some of the practical means of doing this well. (Joint session with the Leaders Network Group B)

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. (Joint session with the Leaders Network Group B)