Leaders of Christian Organisations Groups A & B

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2018 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 2018 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 Partners 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 a managing director of Cedarstone Holdings, LLC. He earned his BS in business at Northern Illinois University and his MBA in finance from DePaul University.  He earned his MA in Educational Ministries from Wheaton College Graduate School and 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 adjunct assistant professorship of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College.  At Cedarstone Holdings, LLC David oversees its consulting practice. He serves as a Trustee of the Domanada Foundation and as a board member for the Heska Corporation, Cummins-Allison Inc., and the TC Wealth Advisors. David 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 specializes 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 organizations 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 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 a Professor of Evangelism and Leadership 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 C.S. Lewis, including The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis: An Introduction, with Mark Neal, C.S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme, and The Soul of C.S. 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 C.S. 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.

 

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 organizational 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.

 

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.

 

Øyvind Åsland is General Secretary (CEO) of Norwegian Lutheran Mission. Last year the organization celebrated its 125th anniversary. During the last few years he has led some major changes: prioritizing resources towards new areas of mission (scaling down in traditional areas in order to reach the least reached people groups) and starting church planting in Norway as the church situation in Norway has changed. Øyvind has also served as a missionary in Kenya. He is married to Reidun and they have three children.

 

 

Larry Anderson is senior pastor at North Bible Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has a MAT and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Larry started his ministry career with Young Life International and left as Senior Vice President in 2004. Later that year Larry and his wife, Gina, moved back to Arizona to serve in the church. He continues to teach courses for Fuller and support younger pastors and leaders.  Larry and Gina have been married for forty-two years. They have three sons who are all pastors and nine grandchildren.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Group A Programme

Day 1

Five Styles of Communication

Duane Elmer & David Sveen

 

In this session we will examine five styles of leadership that influence how leaders make decisions, how they handle conflict, how they mentor others, and how they relate to others. We will examine how tensions arise within organizations, and the deeper values driving contrary opinions. Understanding these differences will provide insights and options for building a more collegial organization for the glory of God.


Day 2

FOCL Talk 1: Seeing the Big Picture

Bobb Biehl

Do you ever get caught up in the day-to-day and lose the “big picture” of your life? This session teaches you – as a growing servant leader – how to use a proven tool called the North Star to focus and/or re-focus the “big picture” of your life in minutes ... anywhere at any time ... for the rest of your life.

FOCL Talk 2: Strategic Planning

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.

 

Old Habits or New Vision? Leading Change in a Traditional Organisation

Øyvind Asland

Many Christian organizations and churches in Europe have a long history and a great legacy. That is a reason to celebrate and give praise to the Lord. At the same time, our past can be a hindrance for renewal and growth. It is easy for the members and leaders of such churches and organizations to lean back and live on past greatness, not realizing that things have changed – both in the Christian community and in society at large. Or, when realizing that they are in decline, they may try to re-create the wonderful past. Instead of despairing, we as leaders are called to bring change and renewal to our communities! The leader has a crucial role, and needs to honor the past, analyze the current situation, create new visions (or return to the original vision), and help his people understand the need for change, renewal, and movement into the new great things that the Lord is creating. This workshop will explore how leaders can bring hope and effective strategy to organizations and churches that need renewal.


Day 3

Leadership and Self-Awareness

Jerry Root

 

As fallen individuals humans have a propensity to lack self-awareness thus becoming self-referential, the utilitarian treatment of others follows. Individuals and institutions suffer and functional purposes are impeded. Furthermore, to be self-referential is to lose reference to the Transcendental, and objective, values God has revealed in Nature and in Scripture. Self-justification and rationalization of bad behavior generally follows self-referentialism. Self-deception is often a consequence. When these behaviors and cover-ups occur in the lives of leaders it results in institutional dysfunction. Organizations become little more than an extension of the leader’s lack of spiritual health. This is a seminar that seeks to understand the causes and cures for these types of pathologies, exploring the Scriptures to discover Biblical processes essential to mend the lives of both leaders and the institutions they serve.


Day 4

Building Leadership Teams

John Stevens

Christian ministry is meant to be undertaken collaboratively and not individually – whether through churches (multiple elders) or Christian organisations. Teams can achieve more, but also have potential for difficulties and divisions. How do we build and develop teams that work well to accomplish the mission? This session will be looking at the need to recruit the right people (not just clones, but people who complement each other), understanding how to bring the best out of team members, deploying and developing team members, and removing and replacing team members.

 

The 80/20 Rule of Ministry
Larry Anderson

Ministry is 80% invisible. Who you are in Christ is more important than anything you do. Then your preparation and planning will determine the effectiveness of the 20% that everyone sees.  Most of us in ministry will sacrifice our own health and growth in Christ for the sake of serving others. Often we don't prepare ourselves for what is ahead and we run out of energy before the serious planning starts. The truth is, you can only take people as far as you are in Christ. This takes intentionality and commitment.


Group B Programme

Day 1

Leadership and Self-Awareness

Jerry Root

 

As fallen individuals humans have a propensity to lack self-awareness thus becoming self-referential, the utilitarian treatment of others follows. Individuals and institutions suffer and functional purposes are impeded. Furthermore, to be self-referential is to lose reference to the Transcendental, and objective, values God has revealed in Nature and in Scripture. Self-justification and rationalization of bad behavior generally follows self-referentialism. Self-deception is often a consequence. When these behaviors and cover-ups occur in the lives of leaders it results in institutional dysfunction. Organizations become little more than an extension of the leader’s lack of spiritual health. This is a seminar that seeks to understand the causes and cures for these types of pathologies, exploring the Scriptures to discover Biblical processes essential to mend the lives of both leaders and the institutions they serve.


Day 2

Old Habits or New Vision? Leading Change in a Traditional Organisation

Øyvind Asland

 

Many Christian organizations and churches in Europe have a long history and a great legacy. That is a reason to celebrate and give praise to the Lord. At the same time, our past can be a hindrance for renewal and growth. It is easy for the members and leaders of such churches and organizations to lean back and live on past greatness, not realizing that things have changed – both in the Christian community and in society at large. Or, when realizing that they are in decline, they may try to re-create the wonderful past. Instead of despairing, we as leaders are called to bring change and renewal to our communities! The leader has a crucial role, and needs to honor the past, analyze the current situation, create new visions (or return to the original vision), and help his people understand the need for change, renewal, and movement into the new great things that the Lord is creating. This workshop will explore how leaders can bring hope and effective strategy to organizations and churches that need renewal.

 

 

FOCL Talk 1: Seeing the Big Picture

Bobb Biehl

Do you ever get caught up in the day-to-day and lose the “big picture” of your life? This session teaches you – as a growing servant leader – how to use a proven tool called the North Star to focus and/or re-focus the “big picture” of your life in minutes ... anywhere at any time ... for the rest of your life.

FOCL Talk 2: Strategic Planning

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.


Day 3

Five Styles of Leadership

Duane Elmer & David Sveen

 

In this session we will examine five styles of leadership that influence how leaders make decisions, how they handle conflict, how they mentor others, and how they relate to others. We will examine how tensions arise within organizations, and the deeper values driving contrary opinions. Understanding these differences will provide insights and options for building a more collegial organization for the glory of God.


Day 4

The 80/20 Rule of Ministry
Larry Anderson

Ministry is 80% invisible. Who you are in Christ is more important than anything you do. Then your preparation and planning will determine the effectiveness of the 20% that everyone sees.  Most of us in ministry will sacrifice our own health and growth in Christ for the sake of serving others. Often we don't prepare ourselves for what is ahead and we run out of energy before the serious planning starts. The truth is, you can only take people as far as you are in Christ. This takes intentionality and commitment.

 

 

Building Leadership Teams

John Stevens

Christian ministry is meant to be undertaken collaboratively and not individually – whether through churches (multiple elders) or Christian organisations. Teams can achieve more, but also have potential for difficulties and divisions. How do we build and develop teams that work well to accomplish the mission? This session will be looking at the need to recruit the right people (not just clones, but people who complement each other), understanding how to bring the best out of team members, deploying and developing team members, and removing and replacing team members.

 

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