Lc2019 seminars

Leaders’ Conference 2019: Seminars

We’ve got a brilliant line-up of seminars planned for the conference this year. Here's an outline of the choices available.

Last week we gathered all the speakers for this year’s Leaders’ Conference at our offices in Market Harborough. It was a great time to get to know one another and to pray together for the ministry that will take place this coming November.

There are still some seminars to add for our Tuesday afternoon slot, but we’ve now got seminar speakers finalised for the two main seminar sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

This year, we’ve booked more rooms at the TLH Toorak Hotel which is opposite the Riviera Centre as well as two rooms at the adjacent Torre Abbey. This means we can offer more seminars than ever before to serve our main theme of Leadership at Every Level.

As well as speaking to us from the main stage, Mark Dever will host two seminars, helping us to think through training elders and preachers. Meanwhile Colin Smith will explore leading a church in evangelism.

For the first time this year, we have got seminar streams for both women in ministry and ministry wives. Here’s a list of the main seminars that will be on offer this year.

Seminar session 1

Our first set of seminars are designed to lay a foundation. They will address issues churches have in raising leaders and offer wisdom to churches of all shapes and sizes.

Raising Up and Training Elders
Mark Dever
As part of his ministry with 9Marks, Mark Dever has done extensive thinking about raising and training elders for ministry in the local church.

Raising Leaders: Volunteers
Ray Evans
Ray Evans will unpack what it looks like to raise up volunteer leaders in the church.

Raising Leaders: Risk & Failure
Liam Garvie & Pete Stewart

How do you work out when to take a risk on men and women for leadership positions? Liam and Pete will draw on their experience in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Raising Leaders: Diverse Backgrounds
Raymond Brown

Raymond will explore how we raise leaders that reflect the multi-cultural and increasingly diverse communities we serve in.

Emotional Intelligence in Leaders
Tom Fenning

After completing a dissertation focused on Emotional Intelligence, Tom will explain why this matters and how you should look for this in leaders.

Raising “Titus 2” Leaders
Johnny Prime

Titus is told to teach older women who in turn can teach younger women. Johnny Prime will look at how we can raise these “Titus 2” leaders.

Developing Women’s Ministry in the Local Church
Elspeth Pitt

Elspeth has 25 years of experience in women’s ministry and will explore ways in which leaders can develop Biblical women’s ministry in their churches.

Being a Ministry Wife
Elinor Magowan

This seminar will explore some of the encouragements and challenges of being married to a full-time pastor.

Seminar session 2

Our second set of seminars are designed to be much more practical, looking at the nuts and bolts of leadership. These seminars offer insights into specific leadership challenges and scenarios.

Marriage, Ministry & Family Life under the Spotlight
Siân Baker

Sian will help us to explore what it looks like to manage competing priorities in ministry life.

Women’s Workers in the Local Church
Mike Kendall & Catherine Heath

Mike and Catherine work on the staff team at St Neots Evangelical Church. They will explain their working dynamic and how that relationship is managed.

Equipping Leaders to Lead Teams
Ray Evans

Pastors are trained to preach and teach. But how do you start leading ministry teams? Ray will share wisdom gleaned from more than 30 years in local church ministry.

Setting up Small Groups
Liam Garvie

Liam is responsible for this task in one of FIEC’s largest churches. He will explore what a good homegroup structure looks like – whatever size your church is.

Leading Leaders
Johnny Prime

How do you lead in a team full of leaders? Johnny will share his experience of looking after multiple church leaders during his ministry in Enfield.

Raising Up and Growing Preachers
Mark Dever

Mark will share his wisdom on developing and training preachers, explaining how he coaches preachers and reviews sermons with his team.

Leading your church in Evangelism
Colin Smith

Colin will explore what it looks like to lead an evangelistic church, looking at raising and training evangelists, as well as encouraging each member to be on mission.

Developing Youth and Children’s Leaders
Mel Lacy & Stui Chaplin

Mel and Stui have many years of experience in children’s and youth ministry. Here they will help leaders to develop a strong ministry among younger people.


The Leaders' Conference takes place from Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 November in Torquay. We’re almost half-full already and the conference is still five months away, so we’d recommend you book your ticket before the summer break.

Don’t forget – to get the cheapest price you need to book on or before Monday 30 September.

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