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:

  • Apologetics Leaders
  • Bible Teachers and Preachers
  • Church & Organisational Leaders
  • Church Revitalisation
  • Disciple-Making Leaders
  • Entrepreneurial Leaders
  • Leaders of Christian Events
  • Organisational Development
  • Pastors
  • Scientists
  • Theologians
  • Women in Leadership

   Apologetics Leaders

Goal: To provide Christian apologists with 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 both Apologetics and Religion, a PhD in  Philosophy of Religion, and a DMin. in Apologetics. Presently, he serves as Senior Professor of Philosophy and the director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Collection at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has been on the faculty since 2001. Since 1995, he has also travelled widely in Europe and Asia, lecturing in universities, teaching in a variety of schools, and presenting papers at conferences. He has published in various professional journals, edited several books, either authored or co-authored six books, and contributed chapters in several books, the last being God and Evil in 2013.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Apologetics Leaders, you can view a sample curriculum here, and complete the online application. You also need to request a reference from a leader that knows you well.

   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 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 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.

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 a pastor or spiritual mentor to complete a reference for you.

   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.

   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.

Leader: 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.

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 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.

   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.

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.

   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.

LeaderAlexander 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.

    Theologians

Goal: For evangelical theologians and leaders to explore the significant differences between Catholics and Evangelicals, and how to love and communicate the Gospel to Roman Catholic friends and family.

Leader: Leonardo De Chirico is the pastor of Breccia di Roma, a church that he helped plant in Rome in 2009, and Vice Chairman of the Italian Evangelical Alliance. Previously, Leonardo planted and pastored an evangelical church in Ferrara, Italy from 1997 to 2009. He earned degrees in history (University of Bologna), theology (ETCW, Bridgend, Wales) and bioethics (University of Padova). His PhD is from King's College (London); it was published as Evangelical Theological Perspectives on Post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism. In 2015, he published A Christian Pocket Guide to Papacy through Christian Focus. He is a lecturer of historical theology at Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione in Padova, Italy. Additionally, Leonardo is the director of the Reformanda Initiative, which aims to equip evangelical leaders to better understand and engage with Roman Catholicism, and the leader of the Rome Scholars and Leaders Network.

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.