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Frequently Asked Questions

ELF Annual Meeting

When and where is the European Leadership Forum's upcoming annual meeting?

The 2023 European Leadership Forum's annual meeting takes place from Saturday, 20 May through Thursday, 25 May. The Forum will take place in person in Wisla, Poland.

Who can attend the annual meeting?

The ELF is an invitation-only congress aimed at spiritually mature evangelical leaders. To be considered for attendance, you must be an evangelical Christian, serve in a leadership role, meet the qualifications of the Network to which you are applying, and speak English fluently. Those who fit these qualifications are encouraged to apply.

I am not from Europe. Can I attend the annual meeting?

Though the Forum is primarily designed to serve Europeans, we have welcomed select delegates from all six inhabited continents to our annual meeting. If you feel you are qualified to attend, please fill out an application form.

I have attended ELF in the past. Do I still need to apply to attend?

Yes. Invitations are issued to individuals each year. If you have attended in the past, you will still need to fill out the application form. This information will be added to our database system to reserve a spot for you and to confirm all your contact details. This application will also allow you to officially apply for a scholarship to the ELF if you are from Central, Eastern, or Southern Europe or from the developing world.

I cannot attend the ELF for the entire week. Can I still participate?

No. A key component of the ELF are Networks, which take place from Sunday-Wednesday. Networks meet as a group throughout the week. Participants build relationships with one another and many of the Network sessions build on previous days. Because of this, it is important that participants who attend the Forum participate for the entire week.

Is there an application deadline?

We accept applications as space permits until Friday, 5 May. However, we encourage you to register soon to get the best possible rates.

ELF Networks

Which Network should I choose on the application form?

When applying for a Network, please consider your educational and leadership background, as well as your current ministry. ELF is dedicated to training, discussion, and relationship building; therefore, each Network is designed for a specific group of Christian leaders who have specific needs and backgrounds. For example, the Theologians Network is reserved for professors who teach at seminaries, for those who hold a PhD in theology, or for PhD students. If you do not meet these criteria, you would be unable to attend the Theologians Network.

Can I join more than one Network?

No. Participants can only join one Forum Network per year. Networks meet as a group throughout the week. Participants build relationships with one another and many of the Network sessions build on the previous day.

Travel

Which airport is closest to Wisła?

The airports in the cities of Krakow and Katowice are both approximately 130 kilometers from the city of Wisła. The Forum will provide an airport shuttle from the airport in Krakow to Wisła on Friday, 19 May and Saturday, 20 May.

Will I need a visa to travel to Poland?

For information on who will need visas to travel to Poland, visit the consular services page on the Republic of Poland's website.

COVID-19

Will vaccinations be required to attend ELF in 2023?

Poland is no longer requiring vaccinations as a requirement for large gatherings. Thus, ELF will comply with the regulations of the Polish government.

Will I be required to wear a mask or social distance at ELF?

Poland is no longer requiring masks as a requirement for large gatherings. Thus, ELF will comply with the regulations of the Polish government.

What requirements will there be for entering Poland?

Poland has lifted its Covid-19-related restrictions on travel. You can learn more about Poland’s current COVID-19 regulations at the following link: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/temporary-limitations

What if I get sick at the Forum?

While Poland has lifted its Covid-19 restrictions, it is strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for your trip in case you do get sick or are otherwise unable to attend ELF. If you do get sick and need to quarantine in Poland, you would be responsible for any expenses incurred for lodging, food, etc. beyond the time of the Forum.

Scholarships to ELF

I really want to participate but I cannot afford the fee. What should I do?

A limited number of scholarships are available for Central, Eastern, and Southern Europeans. Because funds for these scholarships are limited, we cannot currently guarantee that all who apply will receive one. In order to be considered for a scholarship you will need to fill out the portion of the Forum application form dedicated to scholarships. Please be advised that each person receiving a scholarship pays a portion of their conference fees.

Who is eligible to receive scholarships? How do I apply for a scholarship?

A limited number of scholarships are available for Central, Eastern, and Southern Europeans. Because funds for these scholarships are limited, we cannot currently guarantee that all who apply will receive one. In order to be considered for a scholarship you will need to fill out the portion of the Forum application form dedicated to scholarships. Please be advised that each person receiving a scholarship pays a small portion towards their conference fees.

If I receive a scholarship, will I still be responsible for some of my fees?

Yes. Each person receiving a scholarship pays a portion towards their conference fees.

When will I find out if I receive a scholarship?

We are currently raising funds towards scholarships and will contact invited scholarship applicants by email as soon as we have more information about these funds. We expect this to be in April of 2023. In the unlikely event that we are unable to raise a scholarship for an applicant, he or she is still welcome to attend the annual meeting at the full rate.

Payment for ELF

When should I submit payment for my registration fees?

Please do not submit payment for your registration fees until after you have filled out the application form and received a formal invitation to attend. You will receive instructions for submitting payment after you have received an email invitation from us.

Do you accept credit card payments?

At this time, we only accept credit card payments through PayPal; you do not, however, need a PayPal account to submit payment in this manner.

What if I am not able to attend after I have paid my conference fees? Are there refunds?

It is important to note that no refunds will be available under any circumstances. It is strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for your trip to the Forum.

Future ELF Meetings

What are the dates for future Forum Annual Meetings?

The 2024 European Leadership Forum will take place from 25 - 30 May.

The 2025 European Leadership Forum will take place from 24 - 29 May.

The 2026 European Leadership Forum will take place from 23 - 28 May.