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Leadership Foundations Network

2021 European 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 are essential to this network strategy:

  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.

This network will be led by Adrian Reynolds.

 

NETWORK LEADER

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.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Lars Dahle 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 Gustavsson is a member of the European Leadership Forum Steering Committee. He is the director for Apologia – Centre for Christian Apologetics and makes his home in Stockholm. He was the founding general secretary of the Swedish Evangelical Alliance for 16 years. 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 Myrick 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 Pritchard earned his MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 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, ethics and Christian thought at American, European and Asian institutions of higher learning.  His book, "Willow Creek Seeker Services," is in its 4th edition English printing and has been published in three additional languages.  Currently, Greg serves as President of Forum of Christian Leaders and Director of the European Leadership Forum.  He is married to Lori and they have 3 children; Isaiah, Danielle and Alethea.

 

Michael Reeves 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 is the author of Introducing Major TheologiansWhy the Reformation Still MattersThe Unquenchable FlameThe Good God, and Christ our Life, co-editor of Adam, the Fall and Original Sin, and holds a doctorate in systematic theology from King’s College, London. He is married to Bethan, and together they have two daughters, Lucy and Mia.

 

Emanuel Țundrea 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

Day 1

Day 1 is focused on understanding our times.  Good leaders understand their context and what the Bible has to say about it.  We will begin by thinking about Europe in general terms, then move to seeing our setting through a biblical lens.

How a Biblical Worldview Shapes Our Teaching and Leadership

Greg Pritchard

To be effective leaders, we must understand both our wider and our immediate context. Understanding our wider context helps us see how we can both serve and benefit from being part of a wider European network of Evangelical leaders.  Understanding our immediate context will help us shape our ministries and development in ways that lead to fruitfulness.  Each setting in Europe has similarities and differences with our own.  This session will help us understand the broader European context, what areas of truth need to be lived and taught in this context, and what personal and corporate strategies we need in order to operate effectively.  

 

Gospel-Shaped Leaders

Michael Reeves

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.


Day 2

Day 2 is focused on engaging with our times. Good leaders have strategies to engage with the culture around them.  We will begin with strategies for engaging (particularly apologetics) and move onto the manner of our engagement, an increasingly important topic.

How the Church Responds to the Secularisation of Europe

Stefan Gustavsson

What are our chief strategies in speaking the truth of the gospel into a secular world?  From the time of the Apostle Paul, Christians have tried to engage persuasively with the anti-Christian worldviews we encounter.  This is the art of apologetics – making a case for the gospel that is both relevant and culturally appropriate.  Faith does not stand in opposition to reason.  Grasping this topic will help us grow as leaders ourselves (being more persuaded of the gospel truths) and equip us in our ministry and leadership.

 

Communicating Persuasively in a Post-Christian World

Lars Dahle

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 and clear, but also gracious and persuasive.  This session will look at how the Apostle Paul did this in Athens.


Day 3

Day 3 is focused on being equipped for our times. Good leaders are actively growing and developing in both gifting and godliness. We will begin by assessing what a godly leader is and then move on to a particular way we can grow ourselves and help others to do so.

Spiritual Maturity

Emanuel Tundrea

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, set godly goals, and grow toward spiritual maturity.  This maturity includes a willingness to love and disciple others in pursuing the same aims.

 

Growing as a Leader Through Being Mentored and Mentoring Others

Tony Myrick

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 be eager to serve by loving and mentoring 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 the Forum’s Year-Round Mentoring programmes.


Day 4

Day 4 is focused on personal planning for our times.  Good leaders are honest about their own challenges and engage in focused planning in order to develop.  This day is all about bringing together all that we have heard so far and making plans for our future growth.

Measuring Your Effectiveness as a Leader

Adrian Reynolds

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 Leader Impacts are: love for God and people; a biblical worldview and evangelical identity; persuasive evangelism; development of spiritual gifts and calling; discipleship and leadership mentoring; multiplication; and ministry partnerships.

 

Writing and Implementing a Personal Development Plan

Adrian Reynolds

In this last 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 plan will flow from the conclusions you have reached in the previous session.

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