Leaders of Christian Organisations

2017 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 2016 Network will be led by Bill Skowera, David Sveen, and Kurt Tillman. 

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 LEADERS

Bill Skowera earned his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1978. His professional background includes over twenty years in the computer industry in product development, marketing and accounting. In 1987, Bill and three others founded Silvon Software, where he worked until coming to Cedarstone in 2001. Bill balances his time at Cedarstone with his involvement at Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church and international travel. He and his wife, Sandy, have three adult children. In his free time, Bill enjoys biking and reading.

 

David Sveen is the managing director of Cedarstone Holdings, LLC. He earned his BS in business from Northern Illinois University in 1978 and his MBA from DePaul University in 1986. In 1994 he earned his MA in educational ministries from Wheaton Graduate School and in 2004 his PhD in theological education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His professional background includes thirteen years in senior management with the investment banking firm Griffin, Kubik, Stephens, and Thompson, as well as an adjuct assistant professorship of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College since 1995. He also coordinates the Summer Tutorial Program for Central and Eastern European Scholars and Christian Leaders at Wheaton College. In 1993, he founded Cedarstone, and currently oversees its consulting practice. He serves as a Trustee of the Domanada Foundation, and also serves as a board member for the Heska Corporation, Cummins-Allison, and the TV Wealth Advisors. Dave and his wife, Kriste, have five children and make their home in Wheaton, Illinois.

 

Kurt Tillman is a partner at Cedarstone Partners, Inc., a management consulting and business services firm. He specialises in foundation and nonprofit programming, communication, and development. His professional background includes twenty years in education and thirteen years as program director for a private foundation. He has been involved at both the staff and board level with nonprofit organisations for many years, including chairman of his local church and President of the Wheaton College Alumni Board. Kurt earned his BA in Social Science from Wheaton College in 1978 and his MA in American History from Northern Illinois University in 1987. Kurt and his wife Meg have three children and live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Duane Elmer is held the G.W. Aldeen Chair of International Studies at Trinity International University for fifteen years. He was also Distinguished Professor of Educational Studies (Emeritus) in the PhD program. Prior to that he taught at Wheaton College and Graduate School for thirteen years. Before that he was on faculty at Missionary Internship in Farmington, MI. He and his wife served for five years in South Africa and for a short while in Zimbabwe. In addition to teaching and traveling in over 125 countries he has provided cross-cultural training to people from Fortune 500 companies, relief and development agencies, mission organisations, churches and educational institutions. He has authored six books, the most recent being Cross-Cultural Conflict, Cross-Cultural Connections, and Cross-Cultural Servanthood. He and his wife of 52 years are currently working on a book about teaching for transformation. He has two sons and four grandchildren. He holds degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Michigan State University, where he received his doctorate in Education and Cross-Cultural Communication.

 

Jerry Root is Professor of Christian Education at Wheaton College and serves as the Director of the Evangelism Initiative. Jerry is a graduate of Whittier College and Talbot Graduate School of Theology at Biola University; he received his PhD from the Open University. Jerry is the author or co-author of numerous books on CS Lewis, including The Surprising Imagination of CS Lewis: An Introduction, with Mark Neal, CS Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme, and The Soul of CS Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-six of His Best Loved Writings. Jerry is the co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism and co-editor, with Wayne Martindale, of The Quotable CS Lewis. He also teaches graduate courses (MA in Evangelism and Leadership Program) and undergraduate courses (Christian Formation and Ministry Department) at Wheaton College. In addition, Jerry has been a visiting professor at Talbot Graduate School of Theology and Biola University from 1990 to the present. He and his wife, Claudia, have four grown children - all of whom are married - and thirteen grandchildren.

 

Nana Yaw Offei Awuku serves as the Director of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation initiative (YLGen). He was previously the Lausanne Regional Director for English, Portuguese, and Spanish-speaking Africa (EPSA) for over five years until September 2016. Nana has been on staff with Scripture Union Ghana for over 20 years and currently serves on the Senior Management Team as the Director for Field Ministries. His primary ministry foci are evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development. Nana is trained professionally as a chemical engineer and organisation development consultant. Nana is married to Beth, and they have three children.

 

Atef Gendy has been serving as the president of the Evangelical Theological Seminary (ETSC), the largest and oldest Protestant seminary in the Middle East, since 2000. In addition to his administrative duties, he continues his role as a Professor of New Testament at ETSC. After initially working as a civil engineer, he served for eight years as director of a training center in the south of Egypt to help equip lay leaders for ministry in village churches. He graduated from ETSC in 1992 and was selected that same year as an instructor in New Testament. Dr. Gendy earned his PhD in 2001 from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, under I. Howard Marshall. He has written study notes for the book of Acts for the Bible Society of Egypt and has served as a translation consultant for the Revised Arabic Bible Translation (Van Dyke). He currently serves on the editorial committee for The Arabic Contemporary Commentary. He is also contributing with a commentary on PHilemon and Colossians for the same project. Dr. Gendy is recognized as a leader in the Synod of the Nile (the Presbyterian Church) and the Council of Churches of Egypt.

 

Finny Philip, based in the city of Udaipur, is serving as the principal of the Filadelfia Bible College, a leading graduate school of theology in North India with over a thousand five hundred graduates. Well-known for his keen insights into the message of the Scripture, Dr. Finny Philip completed his PhD in New Testament from the University of Durham under the mentorship of esteemed New Testament Scholar, James D.G. Dunn. His academic works include The Origins of Pauline Pneumatology (Mohr-Siebeck, WUNT Series), and he has served as one of the theological editors for the recently published South Asia Biblical Commentary, A One Volume Commentary on the Whole Bible (Open Door Publications, 2015). Dr. Philip is the Mission Director for the Filadelfia Fellowship Church of India, which has a network of 1,600 churches, and serves as pastor of the Rajasthan Pentecostal Church. Apart from other national responsibilities, he also serves as the regional director (RD) for The Lausanne Movement, and as the editor and director for Christian Trends, a bi-monthly magazine that tries to bring evangelical Christian thinking and writing at a popular level.

 

Bobb Biehl is an Executive Mentor. In 1976, Bobb founded Masterplanning Group International. He has consulted personally with over 500 clients. He has met one-to-one with over 5,000 executives and invested an estimated 5,000 hours in private sessions with some of the finest leaders of our generation. Based on thousands of hours of practical experience, he has originated 40 tools (books, tapes, notebooks) in the area of personal and organisational development. For over 31 years, Bobb was on the board of directors of Focus on the Family. He holds a bachelor’s (’64) and a master’s degree (’66) from Michigan State University. Bobb and his wife, Cheryl, have been married since 1964. They have two adult children, two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. His website is www.bobbbiehl.com.

 

Lord Robert Edmiston is was born in India in 1946, the son of a war time fighter pilot, and came to the UK at the age of three and subsequently spent five years in Kenya before returning to the UK in 1962. He started his career as a bank clerk but today owns companies in the property, motor, and finance sectors. He is a father of a grown-up family and has ten grandchildren. He is married to Tracie and together in 1988 they founded CV, an international charity with offices in 22 countries working to support the Christian church in the areas of evangelism and discipleship in both online and offline space. Lord and Lady Edmiston also sponsor three senior schools. Lord Edmiston, having been a member of the House of Lords, retired in July 2015 to devote more time to his charitable activities.

 

John Lenton is currently in his third career as the Minister of a country parish in Hampshire, England. John was instrumental in helping to launch, in 1998, the Griffiths School of Management at Emanuel University of Oradea, Romania, an evangelical Christian university accredited by the Romanian Ministry of Education. Until 2010, he was for a number of years the coordinator of the Leaders of Christian Organisations Network at the European Leadership Forum. Prior to moving to Romania in 1998, John was a Senior Vice president at American Express Europe, where he occupied a number of senior positions over a period of 15 years with the company taking early retirement at the end of 1996 in order to devote himself full-time to Christian service. John holds an MA from Oxford and an MBA from Harvard and is an ordained minister in the Church of England, having studied full time at Oak Hill Theological College shortly before moving to Romania.

 

BEST PRACTICE SPEAKERS

Andrzej Bajenski serves as the head of the Church of Christ in Poland and oversees 40 churches and multiple fellowships on their way to formalizing into new churches.  Under his pastoral leadership, Pulawska Church of Warsaw grew to become the largest evangelical church in Poland. Pulawska was the first to go multi-site and has since multiplied churches throughout the greater Warsaw area. Just over 12 years ago, Andrzej transitioned the leadership of Puławska Church to his assistant pastors so that his time could be spent helping revitalize struggling churches throughout Poland, developing church leadership, and planting new churches. He created ProEcclesia: Center for Church Development which is paving the way for a movement of discipleship and church planting. Andrzej lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife Urszula. He and Urszula have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

 

David Jones is a coach, mentor, and advisor in leadership, strategy, and organisational development, based in London, UK, and working with groups and individuals globally. He works, relates, and connects at the intersection of the worlds of charity, business, philanthropy, internaitonal development, social justice, etc. Increasingly Devid is investing in a younger generation of strategic and visionary leaders and social change agents. David earned his law degree from University College London and he spent his early career as a lawyer in general practice. In 1991 he joined the UK charity Stewardship and served as CEO from 2000 to 2010, helping steer it through organic growth and mergers to a £50m inicome charity and trusted brand for charitable resourcing from a Christian faith basis. David is married to Julia and has three adult children.

 

Dražen Glavaš is an adjunct professor of business ethics and leadership at the University of Applied Science Vern in Zagreb, Croatia. After finishing his undergraduate study of economics at the University of Zagreb, Dražen continued his graduate studies at Wheaton College (MA in Communication, MA in Evangelism and Leadership) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (DMin in Workplace Theology, Ethics and Leadership). He started his own business training company, ETIK, and is the president of Partner Marketplace Ministry, which began the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) and EQUIP leadership training in Croatia. Dražen is married to Jodi, and they and their three sons live in Zagreb, Croatia.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Group A Programme
Day 1

Session 1&2: Leadership and the Art of Communication

 

Duane Elmer & Dave Sveen

 

Interpersonal communication takes up most of your daily activities. The quality of our relationships and our effectiveness as leaders are often dependent on our ability to communicate with one another. In these sessions we will examine the art of communication as a leader and how our personalities influence how we are perceived.


Day 2

Session 1: The Most Common Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

John Lenton

In the Christian world, we are often blessed by having great visionary leaders who combine a vibrant faith with strong, often charismatic leadership gifts. That is the good news.

The bad news is that, all too often, leaders lack training or awareness of good management practice and organizational skills. The result is that they can inadvertently do serious damage to their ministries by taking some serious missteps in their approach to the day-to-day management of their area of service.

By highlighting some of these mistakes and suggesting some straightforward applications of good management – and usually biblical – wisdom and practice, John Lenton aims to challenge leaders at every level to re-examine their own management approach and consider whether and how they might need to change.

 

Session 1 Best Practice: Christian on Sunday and Atheist on Monday: Integrating Faith and Work

Dražen Glavaš

Imagine what can happen if we encourage, educate, and equip the majority of believers who spend most of their waking hours working to make an impact in their spheres of influence every day, wherever they are? This is my dream. This dream led me to research my culture and try to understand the value gap between the high number of people who declare themselves “Christians” (over 90%) and the problems with corruption, leadership, and a negative attitude towards work. How can we bridge this gap between faith and work? Can contextualized faith-based leadership projects help people live their values out in their workplace? I will share from my research and experience in Croatia some practical ideas and leadership projects about engaging culture and integrating faith and work.

 

Session 2: Lessons Learned as a Businessman, Politician, and Philanthropist

Lord Robert Edmiston

Lord Edmiston has experience as a successful businessman, who has at times employed more than 1000 people, as a former member of the British House of Lords who has listened to many political debates and has a continuing interest in politics, and as a philanthropist who is donating significant funds to a Christian ministry he has established with operations in 27 countries. Out of this experience and passion, he will share some of the lessons he has learned.


Day 3

Session 1&2: The Soul of the Leader

Jerry Root

When we speak of the soul of the leader we are talking about something very different than leadership ability. There can be some who are capable of great leadership skill but their private lives may be very messed up. Certainly this was the case with King David of Israel and his son King Solomon. Both men had remarkable leadership skills. They knew how to develop infrastructure and rule a nation and yet, David was a horrible father and Solomon, for all his wisdom, was intemperate. How does a leader manage his soul that he might minimize the risks to those he leads? This seminar is about developing the soul to become more self-aware and empathetic.

 

Session 2 Best Practice: The Vision of Discipleship

Andrzej Bajenski

To see a renewed and invigorated church in Europe, we need mature disciples.  In his role as the head of the Church of Christ in Poland in which he oversees forty churches and multiple fellowships, Andrzej has cast the vision and paved the way for a movement of discipleship across Poland.  He will share some of the lessons he has learned along the way.


Day 4

Session 1: Team Profile

Bobb Biehl

The Team Profile clarifies what you really want to do, not what you have to do, have done the most, or think others expect of you.  This profoundly simple, self-scoring, self-interpreting inventory is the key to selecting the right person for the right assignment, thus helping you avoid costly placement mistakes.  And by a wide margin, the most frequent feeling of staff members who complete the Team Profile is, “Now I see clearly that it is O.K. to be me!”

 

Session 1 Best Practice: Coaching - How to Ask Good Questions

David Jones

If you distill coaching practice down to 2 essentials they are (1) Listening Well, and (2) Asking Good Questions. This best practice session will answer the question, “what are good questions for coaching?”

 

Session 2 Panel Discussion: Learning from the Global Church

Nana Yaw Offei Awuku, Atef Gendy, and Finny Philip

What is God doing in the world that European evangelical leaders need to understand and learn from? Three key global leaders will share some of the lessons that European evangelical leaders need to consider.


Group B Programme

Day 1

Session 1&2: The Soul of the Leader

Jerry Root

When we speak of the soul of the leader we are talking about something very different than leadership ability. There can be some who are capable of great leadership skill but their private lives may be very messed up. Certainly this was the case with King David of Israel and his son King Solomon. Both men had remarkable leadership skills. They knew how to develop infrastructure and rule a nation and yet, David was a horrible father and Solomon, for all his wisdom, was intemperate. How does a leader manage his soul that he might minimize the risks to those he leads? This seminar is about developing the soul to become more self-aware and empathetic.


Day 2

Session 1&2: Leadership and the Art of Communication

 

Duane Elmer & Dave Sveen

Interpersonal communication takes up most of your daily activities. The quality of our relationships and our effectiveness as leaders are often dependent on our ability to communicate with one another. In these sessions we will examine the art of communication as a leader and how our personalities influence how we are perceived.

 

Session 2 Best Practice: Christian on Sunday and Atheist on Monday: Integrating Faith and Work

Dražen Glavaš

Imagine what can happen if we encourage, educate, and equip the majority of believers who spend most of their waking hours working to make an impact in their spheres of influence every day, wherever they are? This is my dream. This dream led me to research my culture and try to understand the value gap between the high number of people who declare themselves “Christians” (over 90%) and the problems with corruption, leadership, and a negative attitude towards work. How can we bridge this gap between faith and work? Can contextualized faith-based leadership projects help people live their values out in their workplace? I will share from my research and experience in Croatia some practical ideas and leadership projects about engaging culture and integrating faith and work.


Day 3

Session 1: The Most Common Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

John Lenton

In the Christian world, we are often blessed by having great visionary leaders who combine a vibrant faith with strong, often charismatic leadership gifts. That is the good news.

The bad news is that, all too often, leaders lack training or awareness of good management practice and organizational skills. The result is that they can inadvertently do serious damage to their ministries by taking some serious missteps in their approach to the day-to-day management of their area of service.

By highlighting some of these mistakes and suggesting some straightforward applications of good management – and usually biblical – wisdom and practice, John Lenton aims to challenge leaders at every level to re-examine their own management approach and consider whether and how they might need to change.

 

Session 1 Best Practice: The Vision of Discipleship

Andrzej Bajenski

To see a renewed and invigorated church in Europe, we need mature disciples.  In his role as the head of the Church of Christ in Poland in which he oversees forty churches and multiple fellowships, Andrzej has cast the vision and paved the way for a movement of discipleship across Poland.  He will share some of the lessons he has learned along the way.

 

Session 2: Lessons Learned as a Businessman, Politician, and Philanthropist

Lord Robert Edmiston

Lord Edmiston has experience as a successful businessman, who has at times employed more than 1000 people, as a former member of the British House of Lords who has listened to many political debates and has a continuing interest in politics, and as a philanthropist who is donating significant funds to a Christian ministry he has established with operations in 27 countries. Out of this experience and passion, he will share some of the lessons he has learned.


Day 4

Session 1 Panel Discussion: Learning from the Global Church

Nana Yaw Offei Awuku, Atef Gendy, and Finny Philip

What is God doing in the world that European evangelical leaders need to understand and learn from? Three key global leaders will share some of the lessons that European evangelical leaders need to consider.

 

Session 2: Team Profile

Bobb Biehl

The Team Profile clarifies what you really want to do, not what you have to do, have done the most, or think others expect of you.  This profoundly simple, self-scoring, self-interpreting inventory is the key to selecting the right person for the right assignment, thus helping you avoid costly placement mistakes.  And by a wide margin, the most frequent feeling of staff members who complete the Team Profile is, “Now I see clearly that it is O.K. to be me!”

 

Session 2 Best Practice: Coaching - How to Ask Good Questions

David Jones

If you distill coaching practice down to 2 essentials they are (1) Listening Well, and (2) Asking Good Questions. This best practice session will answer the question, “what are good questions for coaching?”

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