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Leaders’ Conference 2019

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Riviera Conference Centre, Chestnut Ave, Torquay TQ2 5LZ


Monday 11th November 2019 at 14:00


Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 14:45


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This conference is for all leaders or staff members in FIEC churches, as well as leaders from churches that are considering FIEC affiliation.

For a church to be healthy, leadership skills are needed in many different areas of church life. But how do you identify new leaders? And how do you encourage them to flourish as they serve the church?

Our annual conference in November 2019 is designed to help you grow leaders at every level of church life, whether your church has a staff team, a lone pastor, or no employed leaders at all.

We’ll especially be thinking about raising-up and training elders and deacons, alongside equipping leaders for different ministries across the church.

This conference is for church leaders – but not just the senior pastors. We want to help and support church leaders for every type of ministry. So, whether you’re a pastor, elder, deacon, women’s worker, ministry spouse, youth worker, evangelist or any other church leader, we would love to welcome you to Torquay.


To guide our thinking, we are delighted to have Mark Dever and Colin Smith speaking in our main sessions. Mark will share his experience of growing as a leader and help us to think about how we develop elders. Colin will help us to explore the character and gifting of leaders from the pastoral epistles.

Bible teaching will also come from FIEC National Director John Stevens, as well as Andy Prime, pastor of Gracemount Community Church, Edinburgh.

Church Leadership Consultant Ray Evans will help us to think though church structures – no matter how big or small your congregation is.

Mark Dever
Mark Dever has served as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington since 1994 and as president of 9Marks (a ministry to churches and church leaders) since its founding in 1998. Mark has authored a number of books, including 9 Marks of a Healthy Church.

Colin Smith
Colin Smith is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, a multi-campus church in the Chicago area. Colin’s teaching extends through Unlocking the Bible, a ministry that proclaims Christ through media, mobilises believers in evangelism, and equips next-generation church leaders. He has also authored more than a dozen books.

John Stevens
John Stevens is FIEC National Director, a role he has held since September 2010. Alongside his FIEC responsibilities, he is one of the pastors of Christchurch Market Harborough, a member of the Affinity council and the Word Alive organising team, and a trustee of UCCF and AT3.

Andy Prime
Andy Prime is pastor of Gracemount Community Church, Edinburgh, which launched on Easter Sunday 2017. The church is a plant from Niddrie Community Church with 20schemes.

Ray Evans
Ray Evans, FIEC’s Church Leadership Consultant, is the author of Ready, Steady, Grow (IVP) and Church Leadership (10 Publishing), he has helped lead a thriving FIEC church, Grace Community Church Bedford, for 35 years.


Alongside our main speakers, our seminar speakers have been chosen to help you think about the practical ways you can raise, train and equip leaders. We’re delighted to have experienced pastors and gospel workers who can pass on their skills and expertise.

There will be sessions on developing leaders in a variety of church contexts and for a variety of ministries in church life. For the first time at the Leaders’ Conference, this year we will also have specific sessions for women in ministry and ministry wives.

Find out more about the seminars on offer.


We want to encourage gospel workers from deprived communities to attend the conference, so we have 30 bursaries available this year. These are worth £340 each because we pay for your conference pass and then grant £150 to your church to pay towards accommodation and travel costs.

You can apply for a bursary online.


The conference will take place from Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 November 2019. Registration will begin at 2pm on Monday, with the first plenary session at 4:30pm. The conference will close at 2:45pm on Wednesday.

The venue is:

Riviera Conference Centre
Chestnut Avenue


Please click the ‘Book for event’ button at the top of this page to book your pass. We’d encourage you to book early because it will save you money. The price per person is as follows:

On or before 30 September: £190
After 30 September: £225

Click here for full terms and conditions which you will need to agree to when you book.

Please note that bookings will close on 1 November because we need to give final numbers to the venue for our catering arrangements.

Your event pass includes access to all the conference sessions, as well as evening meal on Monday night, lunch and evening meal on Tuesday, and lunch on Wednesday. These meals take place around tables to allow you to meet others in ministry.

Your pass also includes tea and coffee in the scheduled breaks, access to the leisure facilities at the conference centre, a car park pass and Wi-Fi.


Your event pass does not include accommodation or breakfast so you will need to book this separately. You can book selected hotels via our dedicated webpage, starting from around £30 per person, per night. Not all of the featured hotels are a comfortable walking distance from the conference centre, so please check before you book or be prepared to drive in every day.

While the hotel rates on our website offer the most convenient way to book, you may also wish to search for accommodation on a price comparison website. If you do that, please bear in mind that a lot of these deals are offered on a ‘room only’ basis so you will need to arrange your breakfast.

There are also hotels further afield and a vast number of self-catering cottages in and around Torquay.


You can book discounted rail travel to Torquay with GWR Trains. There are deals available from places including London, Bristol, Swansea, Cardiff, Bath and Hereford. For example, an Anytime Return from London Paddington to Torquay costs just £49. Simply select “Torquay Conference” as the destination on the GWR journey planning page. The tickets will be available around three months from the start of the conference.

Alternatively you can fly to Exeter Airport from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, London City, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich:

If you are driving to Torquay don’t forget that a car parking ticket for the conference centre is included in your event pass. However, parking spaces are limited so we would recommend leaving your car at your hotel where possible.

If you are attending the conference then you can join the Leaders’ Conference group on Facebook to arrange sharing lifts, coordinate meet-ups at the conference, or make other practical arrangements. Find it at