Train Volunteer Church Leaders Well
One of the great needs in today’s church is to train leaders, especially those who are not full-time.
Over the last few years, we’ve invested lots of energy and money (through the Training Fund) into supporting training initiatives and training positions for those who are set apart to serve churches as pastors, women’s workers, youth workers and so on.
But the hardest nut to crack has been how we invest appropriately in those called to serve in the local church yet have full-time jobs or are working hard at home as well. To be frank, most of our leadership positions in the church are of this kind – elders, pastoral workers, small group leaders, youth and children’s workers.
As I have argued elsewhere, it is remarkably remiss of us to ignore how we might appropriately train such godly men and women called into these tasks.
That’s why we’re delighted to announce a new initiative from Keswick Ministries that we have had a hand in formulating. Called Leading WELL (where the WELL stands for Workshop for Elders and Lay Leaders), it’s a collaboration across the evangelical network seeking to train just such people. I’ve been privileged to be part of the design and delivery team and I’m hoping you might make good use of it.
Our pilot programme runs from Thursday evening 31 March 2022 through to Saturday lunchtime 2 April 2022 in Keswick. We’ve designed it so that busy people have to take only one or just over one day off work and are back home in time for Sunday when many are serving in their local churches. I would particularly love to see FIEC eldership teams there, and others serving in FIEC churches.
Yes, why not come as a team? This would double the value to you: you would get to spend some of the downtime together and help build friendships and meaningful working relationships. We’ve kept it low cost - £60 is a bargain! – which includes everything except accommodation which is reasonably cheap at that time of year.
Alongside myself, there's a top rate teaching team: Andrew Towner, Emily Dean, James Robson, and Peter Nicoll.
This is just the kind of input many of our lay leaders (for want of a better word) need.
Let’s get behind it and help brothers and sisters who serve in our churches ‘fan into flame’ the gifting God has so graciously given them.