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John Stevens

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 on theology, church life and ministry, culture and politics.



Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

Most challenges in church and organizational leadership involve navigating difficult relationships with other people. Leaders therefore need a high degree of relational skill. Technical competence alone is not sufficient for effective ministry leadership. Emotional intelligence enables leaders to understand themselves, understand others, and communicate well. We will draw on biblical examples to examine the importance of emotional skills to good leadership, and consider how we can develop them so as to become healthier and more effective leaders.


How to Communicate the Gospel in Our Post-Christian Context
Most of Europe is now a post-Christian mission context. Christianity is thought to have been tried in the past and found inadequate, and as a result, churches are declining, evangelism is growing slower, and secularism is dominant. Evangelicals face a new challenge of sharing the good news of Jesus with people who think that it has nothing to offer them. This session will consider the specific difficulties of evangelism and ministry in a post-Christian context and offer three key principles for responding to it. We need to grasp the emerging opportunities for gospel ministry in our contemporary culture.


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