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 2018/19 YRM programmes will include the following elements:

  • Interactive webinars in the fall and spring
  • A three-day retreat near Barcelona from 4 to 6 December, 2018
  • A Pre-Forum Seminar at the 2018 ELF and a Pre-Forum Conference at the 2019 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 - 60 Euros for a double room, 80 Euros for a single room, and 30 Euros for scholarship recipients.

Year-Round Mentoring Opportunities

For 2018/19, we are pleased to announce Year-Round Mentoring groups for:

  • Academic Science
  • Bible Teachers and Preachers
  • Church and Organisational Leaders
  • Church-Planting Leaders
  • Church Revitalisation
  • Disciple-Making Leaders
  • Entrepreneurial Leaders
  • Leaders of Christian Events
  • Organisational Development
  • Pastors
  • Theologians
  • 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 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 and Organisational Leaders

​Goal:​ To support, equip, and mentor the leaders and aspiring leaders of larger churches, networks, denominations, and Christian organisations to face the complexity of leading growing ministries. It will help them to maintain their own spiritual health and vision, to gain the skills that they will need to take their organisations to the next level, and to face the challenges and obstacles that prevent organisations reaching their full gospel potential.

Leaders:John Stevens is is the National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), a British network of 600 independent churches​. Adrian Reynolds​ is the FIEC Training Director, responsible for helping men and women enter full-time gospel ministry. Ray Evans​ is the Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church Bedford and the FIEC Leadership Consultant. Bobb Biehl​ is an executive mentor. His clients are primarily large or fast-growing churches, non-profit organizations, for-profit corporations, and government agencies.

To Apply:​ If you are interested in applying, you can view the curriculum here, and complete the online application. You will also need to ask your pastor or spiritual mentor to complete a reference for you.

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.

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 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

Organisational Development

Goal: The goal of this year-long mentoring program is to walk through an entire year together with leaders of organisations, addressing each of the typical issues that occur at various stages of the developmental year. Five scheduled webinars, an intense three-day retreat midway through the programme, and scheduled group activities at the annual European Leadership Forum will provide opportunity to explore the intricacies of how to build a sustainable 21st century ministry. Students electing to pursue the professional development certification CDP (Certified Development Professional) can complete all requirements during the course of this year.

Leader: Jerry Twombly has worked in the area of organisational development for over 45 years. After serving in various administrative roles in higher education, Jerry left his post as Vice President for Advancement at Grace College and Theological Seminary in 1986 to establish a consulting firm. His consultant clients span the globe and include multi-national ministries and a host of non-profits that include universities, schools, mission organizations, and a wide range of NGOs committed to serving God and others. He has written several books, including the defining book on relational development, Funding Your Vision: New Hope for Nonprofits, as well as Transforming Culture: The Church at Work in the World, and You Snooze, You Lose: Thriving in a Turbulent Economy..

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 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

The curricula for the ​Academic Science YRM, the ​Pastors YRM, and the ​Theologians YRM are not yet available. However, if you are interested in any of these groups, please email initiatives@euroleadership.org and you will receive the relevant curriculum, along with application instructions, as soon as it is available.