Leaders of Christian Organisations Groups A & B

2019 European Leaders of Christian Organisations Network

The Leaders of Christian Organisations Network is designed to equip and resource Christian leaders.  This Network seeks to provide practical wisdom, useful leadership insights and biblically-based solutions to key problem areas, as well as to encourage leaders facing key organisational challenges. This Network also addresses significant issues that new or experienced leaders may encounter, from how to deal with their own assumptions of personal integrity and virtue, to topics like strategic planning, vision-casting, time management and delegation, prioritising organisational objectives, and assessing finances and resource development. The 2019 Network will be led by John Stevens and Adrian Reynolds.

Because of the number of applicants, this network will be divided into two tracks – Group A and Group B.  Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

 

NETWORK LEADER

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 www.john-stevens.com on theology, church life and ministry, culture and politics.

 

Adrian Reynolds serves as Associate National Director for the FIEC with particular responsibility for training, including developing leaders. Following a career as a senior manager in the pharmaceutical industry, he served as pastor of Yateley Baptist Church and then as a Director of The Proclamation Trust. Adrian is the author of twelve books, including And Then He Knew Her: A Biblical View of SexTeaching Numbers: From Text to Message, and Progress: Lifelong Growth for Christian Workers. He is a visiting lecturer at a number of colleges and writes for Ligonier in the USA. Adrian serves on an international mission board and chairs two UK Christian organisations: Evangelicals Now (a newspaper) and Discipleship Tech (which owns the PrayerMate app). He is married to Celia and they have three daughters, two of whom are married.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

R. Mark Dillon is the Executive Vice President of the Christian Higher Education and Nonprofit division of Generis. He holds a PhD in Philanthropy and Leadership from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, a MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a BA from Bethel University. Dr. Dillon has been a successful Chief Development officer over 25 years, first at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School/Trinity College, then for 19 years at Wheaton College, and most recently at the American Bible Society. He authored the book Giving and Getting in the Kingdom: A Field Guide, considered to be a standard guide for fundraising in the Christian realm, and has consulted with numerous colleges, universities, and seminaries in North America as well as a number of churches and nonprofit ministries. Dr. Dillon and his wife, Susan, live in Chicago, IL, and are the proud parents of three children (Daniel, Joel, and Laura Grace) and grandparents to ten grandchildren.

 

Joel A. Dillon is the President & CEO of Jill’s House, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to families raising children with intellectual disabilities. Joel is responsible for the overall operations of Jill’s House, including overseeing the local and national fundraising for all five locations. Previously, he served as Associate VP of Development for Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, where he played a role in some of the strongest years of giving in the university’s history. His experience caring for “at-risk” children at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago, IL and living alongside adults with intellectual disabilities in a L’Arche community in Germany has deepened his commitment and passion for the mission and work of Jill’s House. Joel is a graduate of Wheaton College. He lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area with his wife, Hannah, and their two children, Lucy and Jonah.

 

Lindsay Brown is a native of Wales. He studied European history at Oxford (MA) and theology at the Free Faculty of Theology at Vaux-sur-Seine, near Paris, under Henri Blocher. He has been involved in student ministry with IFES for over 40 years, serving variously as European Regional Secretary, International General Secretary and currently heads up FEUER (Fellowship of Evangelists in the Universities of Europe) a network formed by a joint effort of UCCF, the British student movement and IFES, the international evangelical student body - which has as its aspiration the renewal of public communication of the gospel in the universities of Europe. He recently served as the International Director for the Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization.

 

Jeremy Marshall worked for many years in banking throughout the world. His last job was CEO of the UK’s oldest private bank, C. Hoare & Co. He stepped down in 2016 after being diagnosed with incurable cancer. He is Chairman of Christianity Explored, Pastor Training International, and Christian Books Worldwide, and a trustee of various other Christian charities. Married to Jeanette, he has 3 adult children, and lives in Sevenoaks, Kent.

 

 

Bobb Biehl is an executive mentor. His clients are primarily large or fast-growing churches, non-profit organizations, for-profit corporations, and government agencies. Bobb is a proven ‘behind-the-scenes’ leader, mentoring and bringing strength up under the platform of ‘up-front leaders’. He consistently brings “practical wisdom to leadership.” The result is leadership clarity and confidence.

 

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Group A Programme

Day 1

The Vision of Christian Leadership
John Stevens

Much of leadership material, whilst insightful, is not necessarily Christian. What does it mean to be a Christian leader in a Christian organisation, building effective and Christ-honouring institutions without compromising on integrity? Explore some of the personal joys, challenges and costs in this kind of leadership.

 

Becoming and Staying a Godly Leader
Adrian Reynolds

Key to godly leadership is personal growth and development. How should leaders self-assess and by what criteria? How can they set patterns and disciplines for lifelong progress so that they become better and more godly leaders in their sphere? This session will be based in part on a pre-circulated workbook.


Day 2

How to Think About Giving (and Getting) from God's Perspective
Mark & Joel Dillon

The Bible is forthright about money, possessions and giving, so we should be too. How do we understand God’s call for every disciple to be generous—regardless of their financial circumstances? We will then explore a case study on how an organization can build biblical principles of giving into how they do their work and how they engage their publics.


Day 3

10 Lessons Learned in 40 Years of Leadership
Lindsay Brown

Lindsay has been involved in leadership positions in IFES and the Lausanne Movement over the last 40 years. In this seminar he will share 10 lessons he has learned about leadership through observing other leaders and his own (few) successes and (many!) failures.

 

Case Study
Jeremy Marshall

We will be looking at a case study of a church and related parachurch organisation which is experiencing major difficulties around a number of challenges around governance, leadership, finance, and people-related issues. You are being asked to help them solve their problem. The case study will be sent in advance.


Day 4

Creating a Strategic Plan
Bobb Biehl

A strategic plan is a written statement of a group's assumptions about where it wants to be in the next 10-50 years. Why is it so important to create a strategic plan? What should it contain? This talk will provide an overview of strategic planning and why it is essential to the future of your organization.

 

Two-Day Sabbatical: How to Maximize Your Time Away
Bobb Biehl

Feeling fatigued, burned out, and in need of some time away? You may not be able to afford the time, energy, and money of a 2-month (or year-long) sabbatical, but you may be able to afford to take 2 days away. This session will introduce you to the areas which are the most helpful to focus on during a 2-day “sabbatical breakaway.” It will explain how to maximize a short sabbatical to maximize rest, re-focus, and general renewal.


Group B Programme

Day 1

Becoming and Staying a Godly Leader
Adrian Reynolds

Key to godly leadership is personal growth and development. How should leaders self-assess and by what criteria? How can they set patterns and disciplines for lifelong progress so that they become better and more godly leaders in their sphere? This session will be based in part on a pre-circulated workbook.
 

The Vision of Christian Leadership
John Stevens

Much of leadership material, whilst insightful, is not necessarily Christian. What does it mean to be a Christian leader in a Christian organisation, building effective and Christ-honouring institutions without compromising on integrity? Explore some of the personal joys, challenges and costs in this kind of leadership.


Day 2

Creating a Strategic Plan
Bobb Biehl

A strategic plan is a written statement of a group's assumptions about where it wants to be in the next 10-50 years. Why is it so important to create a strategic plan? What should it contain? This talk will provide an overview of strategic planning and why it is essential to the future of your organization.

 

Two-Day Sabbatical: How to Maximize Your Time Away
Bobb Biehl

Feeling fatigued, burned out, and in need of some time away? You may not be able to afford the time, energy, and money of a 2-month (or year-long) sabbatical, but you may be able to afford to take 2 days away. This session will introduce you to the areas which are the most helpful to focus on during a 2-day “sabbatical breakaway.” It will explain how to maximize a short sabbatical to maximize rest, re-focus, and general renewal.


Day 3

Case Study
Jeremy Marshall

We will be looking at a case study of a church and related parachurch organisation which is experiencing major difficulties around a number of challenges around governance, leadership, finance, and people-related issues. You are being asked to help them solve their problem. The case study will be sent in advance.

 

10 Lessons Learned in 40 Years of Leadership
Lindsay Brown

Lindsay has been involved in leadership positions in IFES and the Lausanne Movement over the last 40 years. In this seminar he will share 10 lessons he has learned about leadership through observing other leaders and his own (few) successes and (many!) failures.


Day 4

Not All Givers Are Alike and Why That Matters: How to Ask for a Gift
Mark & Joel Dillon

One mistake that many make is assuming all Christians think the same about giving. In the US, this is definitely true. We will learn from you how attitudes about giving might be different in the European context. Our case study will examine how we would approach asking for a gift and explore how that must be adapted in the European context. We will also explore how to engage volunteers in seeking funds for our ministries.

 

 

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