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Leaders' Conference 2024

Our annual conference for church leaders of all kinds across Britain.

Event Details

  • The Winter Gardens, Blackpool

    time Mon 4 — Wed 6 November 2024
    marker The Winter Gardens, 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL
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All of church leadership is shepherding.

Every leader in church ministry wants the flock of Christ Jesus to flourish and be cared for, to grow (numerically and spiritually) and – ultimately – to make it to the moment when they will see their cherished Chief Shepherd face to face.

It doesn't matter if you're a pastor, an elder, a woman in ministry, a youth or seniors’ worker, a church administrator, or a musician: every man or woman in local church leadership shepherds the flock in some way. So, every one of us needs to be encouraged in this work.

We need to learn to deepen our own relationship with Jesus, our Good Shepherd, because serving can only take place when it is done in the delight and beauty of a close walk with him. And we need to learn from him so that we lead the flock in the many ways God has called us – both in his strength and by following his example.

Join us in Blackpool for our Leaders' Conference to rejoice in the Good Shepherd as we look to Jesus and learn to love like Jesus.

Our conference is for leaders of all kinds in the local church – and their spouses. Pastors, elders, deacons, women’s workers, seniors and youth workers, evangelists, administrators, musicians, and other leaders: you are all welcome.

And, as always, the conference will provide lots of opportunity to take time out, meet with friends old and new, and browse a bookstall of relevant and affordable resources provided by 10ofThose.

The conference will open from 1pm on Monday for arrival and registration with the first gathering at 3pm. The conference will end after the final gathering on Wednesday afternoon at 3pm.

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The conference takes place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool - one of the country’s best-known venues, on the seafront in the north west of England.

There’s lots of space, it's easy to get to, and there are plenty of accommodation options nearby.


If we are to thrive in the leadership roles that the Father has called us into and the Spirit has equipped us for, then we need a clear view of Jesus, our Good Shepherd.

Main gatherings

The preaching in our main gatherings will help us see Jesus more clearly, warm our hearts, and equip us to serve him fully.

We will spend time in John’s gospel, dwelling on many of the “I am” sayings of Christ: the Good Shepherd; the Way, the Truth, and the Life; the Light of the World; the Bread of Life; and the Resurrection and the Life.


Graham Beynon

Graham is FIEC’s Head of Local Ministries, a visiting lecturer at Oak Hill College, and an author. He has previously pastored churches in Leicester and Cambridge, particularly involved in leading church plants.

Girma Bishaw

Girma is a City Catalyst for The London Project, with a particular focus on serving diaspora church leaders to be more effective in mission. He was previously a pastor of the Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church, playing a key role in planting diaspora churches in London and beyond.

Brian Croft

Brian is the Executive Director of Practical Shepherding and an author with more than twenty-five years of ministry experience. He speaks at churches and conferences across the world to help serve pastors and church leaders on the practicalities of pastoral ministry.

Paul Kinnaird

Paul is the senior pastor of Bankhall Mission in Bootle, an inner-city socially deprived community in North Liverpool. He has served there for 27 years.

Ben Midgley

Ben is the pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Mold, and also serves as FIEC’s Director for North Wales. In addition, he is involved with the International Mission to the Jewish People and a church planting group called Reach North Wales.

John Stevens

John is FIEC’s National Director, a teacher at several Bible colleges, an author, and an elder at Christchurch Harborough. Alongside his FIEC responsibilities, John is a member of the Affinity council.


The Good Shepherd Jesus calls us to be good shepherds as we lead in our churches. Our three seminar sessions will focus on how we can show care, love, and compassion in our various contexts and how we can train and release others to be good shepherds too.

We are delighted to have experienced pastors and gospel workers to offer their wisdom and expertise through our seminars.

Seminar topics and contributors will be announced soon.


New for 2024 are two seminar tracks for church leaders of all kinds in particular stages of their ministry:

  • Brian Croft (Executive Director, Practical Shepherding) will lead a track for those with 15 years of service or more: how do you keep freshness, enthusiasm, optimism, and spiritual fervour going in the mid-years of ministry? Think, talk, and pray together about God-honouring strategies and plans to keep going for the long-term.
  • Marcus Honeysett (Director, Living Leadership) will lead a track for those in the first five years of ministry to think, talk, and pray together about how the Spirit directs us to establish good patterns which last a lifetime, and to avoid burnout, fallout, and wipeout.

These series of three seminars take place alongside other sessions in the programme. Places are limited and will be given on a first-come first-served basis (a reserve list will be available).

Booking will be available soon.

Post-conference event

It is a blessing in the church to have volunteer workers in many areas: serving as elders, women’s workers, youth workers, small group leaders, and more.

New for 2024 is our post-conference event with Brian Croft on the theme of maximising the impact of these ‘lay leaders’.

Brian will help us think through how we can train, deploy, and lead the volunteer leaders in our churches to enable them to shepherd the flock well alongside their other responsibilities away from church life.

This post-conference event is an additional cost to the main conference and extends the conference programme through to Thursday lunchtime. Places are limited and will be given on a first-come first-served basis (a reserve list will be available).

Booking will be available soon.

See what 2023's conference was like

Accommodation and travel


Accommodation is not included in your conference booking so you will need to book your own. Although there is no accommodation at the venue, there is a wide range to choose from in Blackpool: from Travelodge and Premier Inn to B&Bs and self-catering.

Many options are within walking distance of the conference venue and there is also a regular tram service which stops nearby if you need it. We advise booking your accommodation early!

To find more hotels, B&Bs, and self-catering options in Blackpool, you might find the Visit Blackpool website helpful.


By car

Blackpool has a motorway link direct to the heart of the town – take Junction 32 off the M6, and the M55 will lead you almost to the beachfront.There is no parking at the venue so we recommend parking at your accommodation and using public transport to travel into the conference - there is a tram stop very close by.

If you do need to park for the conference, there is a multi-storey, pay-on-return car park available nearby within the Houndshill Shopping Centre (FY1 4NY) or ground level, pay-and-display parking available on the corner of Adelaide Street and Alfred Street, also close to the venue (FY1 4LA).

By rail

Blackpool North Station is a ten-minute walk from the Winter Gardens and there are direct train routes into the town from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, and York.

From Edinburgh and Glasgow, there are direct train routes to Preston with one change on to Blackpool.


Please use the button below to book your place. If you are making a group booking, please include a separate email address for each person/ticket. Please note full payment is required at the time of booking.

You can read the conference terms and conditions here.

Prices are as follows:

  • Earlybird
    On or before 29 June: £235
  • Advance
    30 June - 29 September: £255
  • Standard
    After 29 September: £275

Bookings will close on 27 October.

Your event pass includes access to all the conference sessions, meals (excluding breakfast), and tea and coffee in the scheduled breaks.

If cost is a barrier to you being able to attend, please get in touch and we may be able to help out.

Don't forget that you must book your accommodation in Blackpool separately. We are not able to accommodate children at the conference.

Bursary Fund

We want to be able to encourage gospel workers from deprived communities to attend the conference with bursaries. We usually have a collection at the conference itself, but this year would love for churches to ‘pay it forward’ before the conference itself.

So please can we ask your church – only if it is able – to consider such a gift? £15 would pay towards a meal, £50 would contribute towards someone's accommodation, or £235 would pay for the entire conference for one delegate.

You can donate as an option when booking your conference ticket, or choose your own gift amount on our Bursary donation page.

Event Details

  • The Winter Gardens, Blackpool

    time Mon 4 — Wed 6 November 2024
    marker The Winter Gardens, 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL
    Book Now

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