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.

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 2019/20 YRM programmes will include the following elements:

  • Interactive webinars in the fall and spring
  • Retreat near Barcelona from 3 to 5 December 2019
  • Pre-Forum Seminar at the 2019 ELF
  • Pre-Forum Conference at the 2020 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, or 100 Euros for scholarship recipients. For the retreat, participants also have the option of paying 190 Euros in order to stay in a single room. The only way to stay in a single room at the retreat is to choose this 190 Euros option on your YRM application form. Participants may not alter the reservation upon checking in. Pre-Forum Conference - 70 Euros for a double room, 90 Euros for a single room, and 40 Euros for scholarship recipients.

Year-Round Mentoring Opportunities

For 2019/20, we are pleased to announce Year-Round Mentoring groups for:

  • Bible Teachers and Preachers
  • Church Revitalisation
  • Entrepreneurial Leaders
  • Leaders of Christian Events
  • Pastors
  • Scientists
  • Women in Leadership

   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 a mentor at Cor Deo, a ministry training programme in Chippenham (England). He is also part of the leadership team of Trinity Chippenham, a church Peter helped to plant back in 2014, and a Lecturer for Union School of Theology. After studying at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Peter became a Doctor of Ministry under Haddon Robinson at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in the area of expository preaching. Peter is the author of Pleased to Dwell, Lost in Wonder, and Foundations (Christian Focus) as well as Galatians and John's Letters (10Publishing), and the preaching blog: BiblicalPreaching.net.

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 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 a growing number of 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.

   Entrepreneurial Leaders

Goals: To provide Christian leaders with an opportunity to explore entrepreneurial leadership in depth through teaching, case studies, personal reflection, reading, and one-on-one mentoring. In this way, leaders will be encouraged and helped to grow in both practical capability and a biblical understanding of godly entrepreneurial leadership.

Leader: Jeremy Peckham began his career as a government scientist and later moved to an international software and systems integration company. He founded his own speech recognition company in 1993. Jeremy is now a technology entrepreneur, having helped to establish several high-tech companies over the last 20 years. He set up and is Chairman of The Fraser Peckham Trust (a grant-giving foundation), Give a Kid a Life (a child-sponsorship charity), and Africa Rural Trainers Trust (a Kenya-based trust). Jeremy has been an elder for many years at Eden Baptist Church in Cambridge and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

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

   Leaders of Christian Events

Goal: To provide training and mentoring for event coordinators, which helps them organize excellent events that have a 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 nine years, she 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.

   Pastors

Goal: To mentor, create, and cultivate a small community of pastors who will have the courage to be honest with themselves and each other. It is only as we are transparent that we can be strong and find strength from others.

Leaders: Jim Crooks is the pastor of an independent church in Perth (Scotland). Jim also teaches and preaches in Scotland and around Europe, works with the Church Strengthening Initiative, and is a trustee for Echoes of Service. John Kirkpatrick has served as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in the inner city, rural, and town churches. Since 1993 he has been the pastor of Portrush Presbyterian Church. Here, along with the regular work of the church, he oversees an apologetic course called Reality316. Jelena Sivulka lives in Serbia. She has a master’s degree in psychology and in theology. Since she became a Christian 25 years ago she was involved in ministry with her husband Greg, planting churches, distributing humanitarian aid, serving people with disabilities. Jelena has also worked as a counsellor in Serbia’s schools and a social worker, and she is currently working as a therapist in a medical clinic. She is the Founder and Director of the non-profit organisation Hana's Hope.

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

   Scientists

Goal: To provide scientists and scientific apologists a year-round forum to unite and equip them for understanding and communicating persuasively that science goes well alongside faith in the biblical God.

Leader: Alexander Fink is Director of the Institute for Faith and Science (Institut für Glaube und Wissenschaft) in Marburg, Germany (www.iguw.de). He studied physics at the universities of Bayreuth and St. Andrews (UK) and received his PhD at the Institute for Biophysics at the University of Regensburg. After having worked as an industrial product manager, he became director of SMD graduates' ministry (Akademiker-SMD, the German branch of IFES) until 2014. His passion is the dialogue of science, faith, and worldviews. Hence he founded the Kepler-Forum in Regensburg, co-organising the annual Regensburger Symposium (www.regensburger-symposium.de) at the University of Regensburg. Since 2008 he has been a member of the ELF Steering Committee and has co-led the Scientists Network. Together with his wife, Alexander enjoys raising his two children.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying, you can view 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, teaching Scripture classes for women and training leadership groups. 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. She is involved in her church through discipling, teaching, and writing training materials.

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