2023 Leadership Foundations Network
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:
- INTRODUCTIONS TO NETWORKS FOR 2023
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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… Read more
Stefan Gustavsson 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… Read more
Michael is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology in the UK. Previously he has been Head of Theology for UCCF and an associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. He holds a doctorate in systematic theology from King’s College, London. Michael is the… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
Sunday, 21 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.
More information about this session is coming soon!
Monday, 22 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, 23 May
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.
More information about this session is coming soon!
Wednesday, 24 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). 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.