Initiative

Year-Round Mentoring

What is Year-Round Mentoring?

Year-Round Mentoring (YRM) is intended to resource and support evangelical leaders throughout the year. YRM groups gather leaders with similar callings or ministries into small groups of 10 to 15. Read this year's brochure and find more information about each group below.

YRM participants can expect to:

  • Learn valuable skills from senior evangelical leaders
  • Join in community with like-minded peers
  • Be encouraged and grow in their ministries

While the structure of each YRM network differs slightly, most 2017/18 YRM programmes will include the following elements:

  • Interactive webinars in the fall and spring
  • A three-day retreat in Barcelona from 4 to 6 December, 2017
  • A Pre-Forum Seminar at the 2017 ELF and a Pre-Forum Conference at the 2018 ELF

Participants in all YRM networks are asked to complete a variety of reading and writing assignments that will help further their development as leaders in their respective fields.

All YRM participants will be asked to attend one or more European Leadership Forum (ELF). And all ELF participants are expected to pay their own travel costs as well as the relevant ELF registration fees.

The following fees will also apply to YRM participants: Retreat - 150 Euros / 100 Euros for scholarship participants; 2018 Pre-Forum Conference - 60 Euros for a double room, 80 Euros for a single room, and 30 Euros for scholarship recipients.

Year-Round Mentoring Opportunities

For 2017/18, we are pleased to announce Year-Round Mentoring groups for:

  • Apologetics Leaders
  • Bible Teachers and Preachers
  • Church-Planting Leaders
  • Church Revitalisation
  • Disciple-Making Leaders
  • Leaders of Christian Events
  • Leaders of Christian Organisations
  • Leaders in Organisational Development/Fundraising
  • Pastors
  • Relational Wisdom
  • Women in Leadership
  • Youth Ministry Leaders

Apologetics Leaders

Goal: To provide Christian apologists the proper content, encouragement, relationships, and breakthrough training that would enable their apologetics ministries to grow qualitatively and exponentially

Leader: Bruce Little has Master’s degrees in Apologetics and Religion and a PhD in Philosophy of Religion. Presently, he serves as senior professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he is the Director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Collection at SEBTS. Since 1995, he has traveled widely outside the United States, lecturing in universities, and debating non-Christians about the truthfulness of the gospel. He has been published in professional journals, is the author of God, Why This Evil? (2010) and A Creation-Order Theodicy: God and Gratuitous Evil (2004), and is a contributor to other edited volumes. Dr. Little lives with his wife Nancy in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Apologetics Leaders, you can view the curriculum here, and complete the online application.

In addition, the YRM for Apologetics Leaders requires a pastoral reference.  Please provide this link to your pastoral referee.

Bible Teachers & Preachers

Goal: To provide Bible teachers and preachers with the right content, encouragement, relationships, and training that will enable their preaching ministries to develop and their ministry impact to multiply

Leader: Peter Mead is the director of Cor Deo, a mentored study and ministry training program in Chippenham, England. He is on the leadership team of a church plant and teaches preaching at Union School of Theology. After studying at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, he got his Doctor of Ministry degree under Haddon Robinson at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in the area of expository preaching. Peter is the author of Pleased to Dwell, Foundations, Lost in Wonder, and BiblicalPreaching.net, and contributed in the area of preaching to the Ministry Essentials Study Bible. He is married, with six children.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Bible Teachers & Preachers, you can view the curriculum here, and complete the online application.

Church-Planting Leaders

Goal: To provide church-planting leaders with the proper content, encouragement, network relationships, and breakthrough training that would enable their national church-planting ministries to grow qualitatively and exponentially

Leader: Dietrich Schindler (DMin) is a German-American missionary church planter who is currently the Church Planting Consultant Europe-wide for the Evangelical Free Church of Germany (Bund Freier Evangelischer Gemeinden). Under his leadership, the denomination is striving to plant 100 new churches in Germany in ten years. After five years, 54 churches have been planted. He has himself planted five churches in Germany and is the author of Das Jesus-Modell: Gemeinden gründen wie Jesus (SCM Brockhaus, 2010) [The Jesus Model: Planting Churches like Jesus]. Dietrich has been married to Jan Carla for thirty years, and they have three adult children.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Church-Planting Leaders, you can view the curriculum here, and complete the online application.

Church Revitalisation

Goal: To help participants understand the issues raised in giving a new dynamic to existing churches, to think through what the concept of revitalisation could look like in the European context, and to share experiences in order to encourage one another

Leader: David Brown has been involved in church planting in France since 1976, has planted three churches there, and is at present revitalizing a church in central Paris. For the last twelve years he has also been involved with the GBU (Groupes Bibliques Universitaires), the French student movement affiliated to IFES, firstly as General Secretary and now as chair of the board. He also chairs the Evangelism Commission of the French “National Council of Evangelicals”, and teaches church planting and evangelism at the Geneva Bible Institute. He is married to Mary, and they have four adult children and six grandchildren.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the Church Revitalisation YRM, you can view the curriculum here, and complete the online application.

Disciple-Making Leaders

Goal: To provide Christian leaders with comprehensive training in disciple-making—including biblical and theological foundations, historic and contemporary applications and methods, and a careful analysis of every stage in the discipling process—while fostering personal development in the context of peer relationships, strengthening the commitment to disciple others in the words and ways of Jesus, and encouraging a devotion to train a new generation of mature and reproducing leaders for the exponential spread of the gospel throughout Europe and beyond

Co-Leaders: John Musselman is the President of the leadership development organisation, the Jackson Institute, which he founded in 1991. He studied at the University of Alabama, Reformed Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Fuller Theological Seminary (DMin). John has trained leaders in disciple-making in ten countries, and he has edited John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, A.B. Bruce’s classic work The Training of the Twelve, and Thomas Watson’s Man’s Chief End: God’s Glory. In addition, he authored Classic Discipleship, a manual for equipping leaders in Christian discipleship, and The Holy Spirit and His Gifts.

Bill Lohnes was raised in the Lutheran Church in the Midwest of the United States. In 1972 Bill and his wife Paula began a thirty-year career in the financial services industry.  A series of events in 1998, including their daughter Holly’s witness to them, led Bill and Paula to attend a home Bible Study. Four years later, after being faithfully mentored by a Christian discipler, John Musselman, Bill surrendered to Jesus as Savior and Lord. In 2002 Bill founded his own investment firm, which is now called Wise Path, LLC, and in 2004 forged the way for their ministry, Narrow Gate EFL, which is dedicated to Investing in disciples and equipping disciple-makers.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Disciple-Making Leaders, you can view the curriculum here, and complete the online application.

Leaders of Christian Events

Goal: To provide training and mentoring for event co-ordinators, which helps them organize excellent events that have long-lasting impact—Christians who are transformed and discipled to become disciple-makers

Leader: Evi Rodemann has long been involved in creating and organising events for young people and churches locally, nationally, and on the European level. As well as receiving training in event management, Evi also earned an MA in European Mission with a focus on the impact of conferences. She studied missions in the Netherlands, and has worked in India, Africa, and Hong Kong, but her strongest passion remains Europe and helping its young people to find their kingdom role and live missionally wherever God has called them. For the past nine years, she has directed Mission-Net and organized four European youth mission congresses.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Leaders of Christian Events, you can view the curriculum here, and complete the online application.

Leaders of Christian Organisations

Goal: To help each participant become an even stronger senior executive, develop a clear vision for the organisation’s future, have the right team in place, and raise enough money to grow the organization

Leader: Bobb Biehl is an executive mentor. He has consulted personally with over 500 clients. In that time, he has met one-to-one with over 5,000 executives (board members, senior executives, and staff members) and invested an estimated 50,000 hours in private sessions with some of the finest leaders of our generation. Bobb is a proven 'behind-the-scenes' leader, mentoring and bringing strength up under the platform of 'up-front leaders'. He consistently brings “practical wisdom to leadership/management/life.” The result is leadership clarity and confidence.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Leaders of Christian Organisations, please contact initiatives@euroleadership.org

Organisational Development/Fundraising

Goal: To walk through an entire year with leaders of organisations, addressing each of the typical issues that occur at various stages of the developmental year, and to explore the intricacies of how to build a sustainable twenty-first century ministry

Leader: Jerry Twombly is the Senior Partner of the Aspiran Group, an international organisation committed to addressing the development needs of non-profit organisations. Jerry is a graduate of Miami Christian University and Grace Theological Seminary. He has written several books, including: Funding Your Vision: New Hope for Nonprofits and The Organizational Planning Primer. Recognizing the changes taking place in philanthropy, Jerry has been a leader in tracking these trends and developing new programs to help non-profits thrive. Jerry and his wife Sue live in Indiana; they have two sons and three grandsons.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Leaders in Organisational Development/Fundraising, please read the curriculum here, and complete the online application.

Pastors

Goal: To provide pastors with the right content, encouragement, relationships, and training that will enable them to self-care and develop as shepherds.

Leaders: John Kirkpatrick has been the pastor of Portrush Presbyterian Church (Northern Ireland) for the last 21 years. He is the director of the apologetics course Reality316 aimed at equipping a wide range of people to be apologists. For a number of years he served as chairman of New Horizon, a well-known Christian conference in Ireland and has been a chaplain to the Motorcycle Racing community, quite unique to the Irish culture. John is married to Joan and they have four children, three of whom are now married.

Jim Crooks is a pastor of an independent church in Perth (Scotland). After working in financial and administrative roles, Jim entered further and higher education as an Assistant Principal, before serving as a Principal in Scotland and Northern Ireland. For three years after his retirement from secular employment in 2012, Jim was a lecturer and co-ordinator of part-time provision at Tilsley College. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Jim also teaches and preaches in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe. He is a trustee for Echoes of Service, a mission support agency.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Pastors, please read the curriculum here, and complete the online application.

Relational Wisdom

Goal: Provide participants with the right content, encouragement, relationships, and training to live lives that are relationally wise and share that wisdom with others.

Leaders: Ken Sande is the founder and president of Relational Wisdom 360, a US-based NGO dedicated to helping Christians build godly relationships. He is the author of The Peacemaker and other works. Ken founded and led Peacemaker Ministries for three decades before establishing Relational Wisdom 360 in 2012.

Chip Zimmer is the Vice President of Relational Wisdom 360. He spent 14 years on the staff of Peacemaker Ministries, where he led the international outreach. He is a former diplomat and has broad experience as a mediator and trainer.

If you are interested in applying for the YRM on Relational Wisdom, please read the curriculum here, and complete the online application.

Women in Leadership

Goal: To provide training and mentoring for women who are leading others in the study of Scripture for life application, changed lives, and healthy relationships

Leader: Ann Blaser has led women through Bible Study Fellowship International for thirty years. Her work now consists of mentoring and advising other women who are teaching and training leaders in Bible Study Fellowship. She is responsible for visiting classes and observing the training and teaching taking place and for giving encouragement and shepherding to the teachers. Additionally, Ann is involved in her own church through discipling, teaching, and writing training materials. Ann is married to Bill, and they have two children and two grandsons.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for Women in Leadership YRM, please read the curriculum here and complete the online application.

Youth Ministry Leaders

Goal: To provide youth ministry leaders a year-round forum to facilitate mentoring, training, and development needs.

Leaders: Paul Bowman has 25 years of experience in full-time youth ministry in the local church. He has served in a variety of settings throughout Ireland - both urban and rural - working with churched and unchurched young people. He is passionate about developing youth ministries that are rooted in the life of Christ, making disciples, and focusing on the development of the whole person, He has been leading teams of young people on short-term mission trips to the Czech Republic for 15 years. Paul is committed to training and equipping the next generation of youth leaders. He lives with his wife Val and their three children in Saintfield (Northern Ireland). He holds a BSc Hons. in Community Youth Work.

Terry Engish founded and leads Josiah Venture's Fusion ministry, a relational outreach tool which enables local churches throughout Central and Eastern Europe to reach unchurched youth through rock-gospel choir and performing arts groups. Prior to moving to the Czech Republic eighteen years ago, he also worked with youth and student outreach ministries in the USA, UK, and Norway. While his focus is now on training local churches, he also continues to work with a local youth ministry in the Czech Republic, and has recently helped his local church plant a new church in the city of Ostrava.

To Apply: If you are interested in the Youth Ministry YRM, please read the curriculum here and complete the online application.