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Pre-Forum Conference: Transforming Your Leadership

Increasing your personal leadership capacity is one of the most effective ways to broaden your ministry impact. But how does that actually happen? What are the key skills you need to sharpen and the leadership principles you need to grasp to raise your leadership ceiling? There are various Christian views of leadership and a whole host of theories from the secular world. Which ones will you allow to shape you?  Could your leadership be transformed and not just conformed into a mold provided by your environment?

Transforming leadership begins by understanding how God has uniquely made you as a leader and what he has created you for. It continues by finding your leadership growing edge and knowing how to purposefully stretch into the areas that will most increase your effectiveness. In all this, we assume that your Shepherd and Head is actively working to increase your fruitfulness. Raising your leadership ceiling could be an amazing blessing to your church, your ministry, and the teams that you lead. It could increase your joy and fulfillment as a leader. This Pre-Forum Conference will give you practical tools for accelerating your leadership growth.

This Pre-Forum Conference will take place preceding the European Leadership Forum on Friday, 14 May from 15:00-18:00 CEST.



Dave Patty has been involved in training youth leaders and leading national and international youth movements in Europe for over 30 years. He serves as the president of Josiah Venture. He is also a founding member of Global Youth Initiative, which mobilizes and equips youth ministry trainers in over 60 countries of the world. Dave is an ordained pastor with a BA in theology and a MA in education. He has also done graduate work in leadership development at Harvard University. For the past 27 years he has lived in the Czech Republic, and he spent the 10 years before that in Germany. Dave is married to Connie and has three grown children, Tyler, Caleb, and Claire.



1.    Know who you are and what you were made for

Every leader is different, and the strength of your leadership will flow out of the unique way God has created you. How can you lead out of how you are particularly made? You were also created for a specific purpose, and will be most empowered when you are at the center of that call. How can you be propelled by the clarity of your call?


2.    Four resources to fuel your leadership impact 

Every leader has personal needs that cannot be ignored. The way you meet these needs will either energize or drain your leadership energy. How do you keep your tank full so that you are spilling over with resources to give? How do you keep your own needs from distorting or diminishing your leadership?


3.    Identify your leadership ceiling

There are thousands of ways you can grow, but every leader has a “growing edge” that is most critical. If you can grow in this area it will immediately increase your leadership impact, while growth in other areas could be an unnecessary distraction. How do you identify your growing edge? What is the nature of your personal leadership ceiling and how can you focus leadership growth into the areas that will make the biggest difference for you?


4.    Practical strategies for leadership growth

Leadership ceilings are there for a reason – the change that is required to move past them is more difficult than we realize because it demands adaptive growth. What are practical strategies for pushing through these barriers and achieving lasting and significant change?


5.    Leadership Lab

In this session we will take the current challenges of a key leader and work through the principles and application we covered in the first four sessions with them “live”, so that you can see how this plays out in a current and “real world” situation.

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