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2022 Leadership Foundations Network

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    Leadership Foundations Network
Helping leaders grow and develop by establishing a baseline of understanding and skills

The Apostle Paul invested time and energy into the development of Timothy, which set him up for a lifetime of service.  We all need the same kind of investment.  

The European Leadership Forum is focused on helping you grow and develop as a leader.  The vision of the ELF’s Leadership Foundations Network is to establish some baseline understanding and skills and to set these in your own personal context and the context of the wider European mission.  You will meet and develop relationships with other leaders across Europe who are at a similar stage and who share the same vision and convictions.  You will receive input from some of the Forum’s best speakers alongside tailored individual mentoring.

Applicants should be those who are attending the Forum for the first time and want to see the Forum as part of their long-term personal leadership development plan.  It is a one-year track only: as part of the Network, we will help you make decisions about how to make the most of what the Forum offers and direct you towards appropriate ongoing mentoring and training opportunities.

The following three elements make up the strategy for every new leader who comes to ELF:

  1. INTRODUCTIONS TO NETWORKS FOR 2022

For those attending the Forum for the first time, there are an overwhelming number of networks you could be part of.  We want to help you choose the right one that will help you develop as a leader in your next step.  Over the course of the Forum we will be briefly introducing each Network so that you are able to make an informed and appropriate choice.

  1. NETWORK RELATIONSHIPS

It is crucial that we have times to get to know each other and pray together. This is an essential part of the track because it helps us understand the contexts in which we are ministering and establish friendships across Europe with those who are at a similar stage of leadership development.  As we share and pray, we will gain a vital understanding of the breadth of Christian ministry that is being done across Europe.

  1. INDIVIDUAL MENTORING

The Leadership Foundations track includes a unique and important feature – a one-to-one mentoring session with one of the network leaders, which helps you tailor the Forum’s many opportunities to your own personal ministry context and development.  These will take place over the course of the Forum.

Applicants should be those who are attending the Forum for the first time and want to see the Forum as part of their long-term personal leadership development plan. The Network is focused on helping participants grow and develop as leaders, showing them how to make the most of what the Forum offers, and directing them towards appropriate ongoing mentoring and training opportunities. 

Network Leadership

Adrian Reynolds is Associate National Director (Leadership) of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) in the UK. The FIEC is a network of over 630 churches. Adrian has specific responsibility for developing new and existing leaders within the network. He also serves as one of the pastors of Christchurch Harborough with responsibility for worship. He has written over 12 books, including Bible commentaries and books on marriage and leadership development. He previously served as one of the leaders of The Proclamation Trust and as a local church pastor. Before entering Christian ministry, he had a 10-year career in business leadership. Adrian is married to Celia, who serves as a women’s worker in their local church. They have three daughters and two grandchildren. Follow Adrian on his Twitter account @_AdrianReynolds.

Ann Pritchard Blaser has led women through Bible Study Fellowship International for thirty years, teaching Scripture classes for women and training leadership groups. Her work now consists of mentoring and advising other women who are teaching and training leaders in Bible Study Fellowship. She is responsible for visiting classes and observing the training and teaching taking place and for giving encouragement and shepherding to the teachers. She is involved in her church through discipling, teaching, and writing training materials. Ann is married to Bill, and they have two children and two grandsons.

Network Speakers

Ann Pritchard Blaser has led women through Bible Study Fellowship International for thirty years, teaching Scripture classes for women and training leadership groups. Her work now consists of mentoring and advising other women who are teaching and training leaders in Bible Study Fellowship. She is responsible for visiting classes and observing the training and teaching taking place and for giving encouragement and shepherding to the teachers. She is involved in her church through discipling, teaching, and writing training materials. Ann is married to Bill, and they have two children and two grandsons.

Lars is a theologian, educator, preacher, and apologist. Having a long previous experience in various academic leadership roles, he now works as Associate Professor in Systematic Theology and Christian Apologetics at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication (NLA Kristiansand), where he has lectured in worldviews, ethics, and apologetics since 1991. Lars wrote his PhD on Acts 17:16-34. It is entitled An Apologetic Model Then and Now? (Open University, UK). Since 2013, he is also the Lausanne Catalyst for Media Engagement. Lars has written several academic and popular articles on apologetics, media engagement and missiology and was a co-editor of The Lausanne Movement: A Range of Perspectives (Oxford: Regnum, 2014). He is also the Founding Editor of the peer-reviewed Nordic apologetic journal Theofilos. In addition, Lars co-leads the European Leadership Forum Media Communicators Network with his wife, Margunn. Follow Lars on his blog Media Messages Matter or on his Twitter account @LarsDahle.

Stefan is the director for Apologia – Centre for Christian Apologetics and makes his home in Stockholm. He was the founding General Secretary for the Swedish Evangelical Alliance. Stefan travels widely with apologetic teaching and training and is often involved in university evangelism and public debates. He is the author of several books on Christian apologetics and the Christian mind. Stefan is married to Ingrid and they have three grown children.

Tony received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College and M.A. in New Testament Studies from Wheaton Graduate School. He has completed two years of doctoral studies in Paul’s Pastoral Leadership at the University of Aberdeen with Professor I.H. Marshall. He has worked for nearly 20 years in para-church and local church contexts teaching, developing and maturing Christian leaders. Tony served as the Minister of Discipleship at Traders Point Christian Church which has 1,800 members and 160 small groups for nearly a decade before coming to work as the Vice President of Strategy and Education at the Forum of Christian Leaders, sponsor of the European Leadership Forum.

Greg earned his MA from Trinity School of Divinity before continuing on to finish his PhD at Northwestern University. The intersection of theology, history, philosophy and sociology is Greg’s primary focus both in teaching and writing. He has taught graduate-level courses on apologetics, theology, history, leadership, the New Testament, ethics, and Christian Thought at American, European, and Asian institutions of higher learning. His book, Willow Creek Seeker Services, has been published in four languages. Currently, Greg serves as the President of the Forum of Christian Leaders and as the Director of the European Leadership Forum. He, his wife, Lori, and their three children reside in Naperville, IL.

Adrian Reynolds is Associate National Director (Leadership) of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) in the UK. The FIEC is a network of over 630 churches. Adrian has specific responsibility for developing new and existing leaders within the network. He also serves as one of the pastors of Christchurch Harborough with responsibility for worship. He has written over 12 books, including Bible commentaries and books on marriage and leadership development. He previously served as one of the leaders of The Proclamation Trust and as a local church pastor. Before entering Christian ministry, he had a 10-year career in business leadership. Adrian is married to Celia, who serves as a women’s worker in their local church. They have three daughters and two grandchildren. Follow Adrian on his Twitter account @_AdrianReynolds.

Emanuel grew up in communist Romania, but the faith of his parents had a huge impact on him. As a student he was involved in discipleship and during those years his student groups grew from 2 colleagues to more than 50. In 2001, he joined the staff at Emanuel University of Oradea where he is serving now. He completed his PhD in software engineering in conjunction with University of Nice, France, and then he earned his MA in Pastoral Theology in Oradea. Both his involvement in academics and in the church aim to evangelise and mature disciples for Christ. He is married to Nadia and has three boys.

Network Programme

Sunday, 22 May

To be effective leaders, we must understand both our immediate and our wider context. Understanding our immediate context will help us shape our ministries and development in ways that will lead to maximum effectiveness. Understanding our wider context helps us see how we can both serve and benefit from being part of a wider European network. Each setting in Europe has similarities and differences with our own. This session will help us understand the context and what personal and corporate strategies we need to operate effectively. It will include interactive polls and prayer times to apply the truths we hear to our own country contexts.

The Bible teaches that believers (and leaders!) are saved by faith alone, but that faith is not alone. All believers in Jesus are commanded to be disciples of Jesus who are teachable, honest, faithful, and persevering. We need to be able to honestly assess our own spiritual state, be realistic about weaknesses, and set godly goals. This maturity includes a willingness to serve others in pursuing the same aims.

Monday, 23 May

In this session we will spend some time exploring how to make the Forum a key part of your leadership developing in the short to medium term. We will present some of the options so you can make an informed choice and tell some stories of those who have benefitted from their engagement with the Forum in the past.

What does it mean to love God and to love people as we engage and work in an increasingly hostile world? We have to be sure about what we communicate (content) and also the manner in which we present truth. In our social media world, this last issue is an important one for all leaders. We want our communication to be truthful, clear, and gracious. How do we hold these apparently opposing tensions together?

Tuesday, 24 May

Too often, Christian leadership is tainted by personal ambition, empire-building, and lack of integrity. But what does it look like when leaders are shaped by the gospel? This session will look at what it means to be “gospel people” (or “evangelicals”), why it is so important, and how we can cultivate integrity to the gospel.

Pastor Timothy in Ephesus was mentored by Paul, who encouraged him to seek out and train new generations of leaders. Jesus himself trained his disciples. We must embrace the humility needed to be taught and coached by others and also – right from the start – be eager to serve in raising up a new generation of leaders. Mentoring is at the heart of this desire and we need to understand how to make the most of it ourselves, particularly in the context of the European Leadership Forum. This session will also outline the opportunity of our Year-Round Mentoring programmes.

Wednesday, 25 May

In this session, we will help you formulate a personal leadership development plan and see how the Forum can serve you in future years by providing the inputs and connections you need. This will flow from the conclusions you have reached in the previous session.

How can we realistically assess our effectiveness and maturity as leaders? How can we know if we are making progress? Based on the Forum Leader Impacts, this session will guide you through a self-assessment programme to help you identify strengths (for which you can praise God and also serve others in development) and areas for development (for prayer and planning). It will lead into the second session of the day. The Forum Leaders Impacts are: love for God and people; a biblical worldview and evangelical identity; evangelism; development of spiritual gifts and calling; discipleship and leadership mentoring; multiplication; and ministry partnerships.