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Year-Round Mentoring

What is Year-Round Mentoring?

Year-Round Mentoring (YRM) is intended to unite, equip, 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
  • Being mentored in your specific calling
  • Being developed toward the leader impacts

While the structure of each YRM network differs slightly, most 2020/21 YRM programmes will include the following elements:

  • Interactive webinars in the fall and spring
  • Retreat near Barcelona from November 30 till December 2, 2021
  • Online Pre-Forum Seminar at the 2021 ELF (13 May, 15:00-18:00 CEST)
  • Pre-Forum Conference at the 2022 ELF (20-21 May)

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.

The following fees will 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 2021/22, we are pleased to announce Year-Round Mentoring groups for:

   Academic Leaders

Goal: To mentor Christian academics with foundational knowledge, encouragement, relationships, and training to enable them to effectively serve Christ in higher education.

Leaders: Dr. Charles White is a Professor of Christian Thought & History at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, USA.  He is the director of the European Leadership Forum’s Year-Round Mentoring for Academics. He graduated from Harvard with his bachelor’s degree and his M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  He began a Ph.D. in church history at Cambridge and finished it at Boston University.  He has published a popular commentary, academic articles, and been involved in Bible translation in seven different languages. He is the father of four grown children. Daryl McCarthy serves as Vice President of Academic Programs and Strategy at Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL).  He is Director of the ELF Academic Network and the Cambridge Scholars Network. He mentors Christian professors and ministry leaders in Europe and has been speaking globally for more than 30 years.  He served as President of Global Scholars from 1988 until 2014.  Daryl earned a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary, M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary, M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and B.Th. from Kansas Christian College.  Daryl and his wife Dr. Teri McCarthy lived and taught in Lithuania from 2010 until 2015, where they both taught at Lithuania University of Educational Sciences in Vilnius.  Their son and daughter are both married and have blessed them with five grandchildren.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Academics, you can view the curriculum here, and complete the online application.  You should also ask a pastor or spiritual mentor to submit a pastoral reference and a professor or academic advisor to submit an academic reference for you.

   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

LeaderPeter 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:

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 organizations 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 organizations to the next level and to face the challenges and obstacles that prevent organizations from reaching their full gospel potential.

LeadersJohn 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 for the YRM for Church & Organisational Leaders, 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 Life, Leadership, and Planting

Goal: To mentor and help participants explore the contemporary and contextual implementation of authentic, simple New Testament values and practices in local church life, church leadership, and church planting.

Leaders: Maurice Nightingale is a member of the Relational Mission core team with responsibilities that include the supervision of early-stage church planting on the mainland of Europe, in particular training and coaching pioneer leaders and developing strategies for both initiating and supporting church plants. Following a short career as a military engineering officer, he has since been involved for over 30 years in two main areas of service: planting churches and reviving failing churches. Mike Betts leads Relational Mission, a network of churches which is part of the global Newfrontiers family.  He is the author of From the Inside Out, Relational Mission: A Way of Life, and The Prayers of Many. Mike is passionate about the church enjoying her inheritance in Christ, involving church planting, gospel expansion, corporate prayer, and seeing the next generation grow into all that God has for them.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the Church Life, Leadership & Planting YRM, 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. Daniel Fodorean is an Assistant Professor of Applied Theology at Baptist Theological Institute of Bucharest, President of ‘Antioch Center,’ and Executive Director of The European Leader Formation Network. He is also the teaching pastor of Nova Vita Baptist Church, Constanta. Daniel is one of the founders of Constanta Baptist Association. Over the last 20 years, they have planted over 53 new assemblies of believers in the area.

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). Wojtek Kowalewski is the President of Golden Apple Institute based in Poland, an organization whose mission is to equip leaders to be disciple-makers. He is an ordained pastor with a PhD in Practical Theology from the University of Wales in Cardiff.

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.

   Disciple-Making Leaders - one-on-one

Goal: To recognize where we ourselves struggle with unbelief, to grow in trusting and loving our faithful and sovereign LORD, and to refocus on what talents, strengths, and capacities we have, how they fit with our current roles and expectations, and if changes need to be made.

Leaders: Jay Eastman has taught English around the world and has served in Berlin leading works in social outreach, evangelism, discipleship, and church planting since 2001. He also serves as a consultant with Global Training and Development and WaveChanger, providing solutions for groups seeking effective ways to collaborate in the midst of complex situations. Tom Drake recently retired from the business world as the chief financial officer of a credit union. He has been involved in small group leadership development and discipleship with his local church for over 30 years and has seen the number of small groups grow from 10 to over 350. The last 8 years Tom has focused on Ministry to Men in his church.

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

   Engaging Roman Catholicism

Goal: To support, equip, and mentor: (1) emerging evangelical academics who are seeking to study Roman Catholicism. (2) evangelical leaders and laity to better understand Roman Catholicism, including the similarities and differences between evangelicalism and Roman Catholicism. (3) evangelical leaders and laity in how to understand, love, and communicate the Gospel to their Roman Catholic family and friends.

Leader: Leonardo De Chirico (PhD, King’s College, London) is pastor of the Church Breccia di Roma and lecturer in historical theology at the Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione IFED in Padova. He blogs on Vatican and Roman Catholic issues from an evangelical perspective at Vatican Files. He is also director of the Reformanda Initiative and cohost of the Reformanda Initiative podcast and is author of several books.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM on Engaging Roman Catholicism, you can view the curriculum here, and complete the online application.

   Leaders in Media and Journalism

Goal: To mentor and provide evangelical leaders and influencers who are media communicators with a learning community for increased understanding of the various facets and contexts of media engagement to enable sharing of creative ideas, reflections, and mutual encouragement.

LeadersLars Dahle is a theologian, educator, preacher, and apologist. He is Associate Professor in Systematic Theology and Christian Apologetics at NLA University College (Kristiansand, Norway) and serves as Executive Director of Damaris Norway, a project organization which resources Christians for the dual tasks of ‘double listening’ and apologetics. Margunn Serigstad Dahle is Associate Professor in Communication and Worldviews at NLA University College (Kristiansand, Norway) and serves as Team and Production Director of Damaris Norway. She was for many years Programme Director for the Communication and Worldviews Bachelor Programme, which is designed to equip evangelical communicators and apologists in various fields for the contemporary Western cultural context. Tony Watkins is a speaker and writer on media and the Bible. He works alongside several organisations including Damaris Norway and the Lausanne Media Engagement Network (as Network co-ordinator). He teaches at various Christian institutions in the UK and Norway, including NLA University College (Kristiansand, Norway).

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Leaders in Media & Journalism, 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.

   Marketing Communications

Goal: To equip those responsible for marketing communications to be more effective with their efforts by teaching them principles they can apply on an ongoing basis so people know what God has called the ministry to accomplish, what impact they are having and how can people be involved to help them accomplish their goals.

LeaderKeith Ogorek, president of the Author Learning Center, brings a unique perspective to communications, having worked simultaneously in ministry and the marketplace for virtually his whole career. Using his experience as a marketing and communications professional for banks, as an ad agency creative director, and at the world’s leading self-publishing company, he has worked with a number of ministries to vastly improve their communication and development efforts by crafting a message that is compelling, differentiating, and true.

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

   Marketplace Leaders

Goal: To support, equip, and mentor leaders and aspiring leaders in the European marketplace to navigate the challenge of integrating the professional, personal, and spiritual dimensions of their lives.  Desired results include greater clarity of purpose, direction, and desired impact; thus, providing a context and framework for consistent, effective decision making.

LeaderStephen Giere has served in Christian ministry in America and Europe for more than forty years. Steve retired in 2019 after 45 years engaged in finance and investment management with experience as a corporate manager and as a business owner.  His corporate career was mostly with the Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago serving in various management roles including CEO of a Northern Trust subsidiary bank.  He then moved into investment management with Smith Barney, part of Citigroup Corporation, where he served as a registered investment advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager, after which he went into private practice until retirement.  Steve earned his B.A. in psychology at North Central College in Naperville, IL, and M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

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


Goal: Our aim is 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. We, therefore, invite into this, those who value such a safe place for being mentored and who treasure the ministry as a strategic means of God.

LeadersJim Crooks is a pastor of an independent church in Perth (Scotland). He 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 been the pastor of Portrush Presbyterian Church. He oversees an apologetic course called Reality316, which provides training in apologetics and the biblical worldview. John serves as a chaplain in the sport of motorcycling. Paul Coulter is Head of Ministry Operations with Living Leadership, a network in the UK and Ireland that trains and supports leaders to live joyfully in Christ and serve Him faithfully.  He holds degrees in medical genetics, medicine and theology (to PhD level) and has previously worked as a medical doctor, a pastor across cultures, and a lecturer in practical theology and missiology.

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

   Pastoral Growth - one-on-one or in a small group

Goal: Fruitful, long-term effectiveness is the goal of everyone in ministry. No one wants to simply finish the race; we want to finish strong. This Year-Round Mentoring program is designed to mentor pastors one-on-one in the personal and ministry needs they have in order to achieve fruitful and effective long-term ministry.

LeadersJay Mosser has served in pastoral roles for nearly 40 years – about 20 years in various assistant pastor capacities and the rest as senior pastor. Through those years he has served in three churches ranging from small (less than 50) to large (about 1,000). Along the way, he has worked with children, teens, worship ministry, pastoral care, and preaching and leadership. Larry Anderson has been a ministry leader for more than forty years. He recently stepped down as senior pastor of North Bible Church in Scottsdale Arizona. Larry has a MAT and DMin degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jim Cecy is a regular speaker at the European Leadership Forum. He serves as Senior Pastor-Teacher of Campus Bible Church in Fresno, California. Jim is also founder and President of JARON Ministries International, a training ministry for Christian leaders in the U.S. and abroad. He has a Masters of Divinity in Bible Exposition from Talbot Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Western Seminary. 

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


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 ( 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. 

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

   Women in Organizational Leadership

Goal: To provide a safe space for the training and mentoring of women who are leading others in Christian organizations, empowering them to grow into the women God has called them to be.

LeaderNola Leach is the Chief Executive Officer of CARE (Christian Action Research and Education), one of Europe’s leading Christian charities, which provides resources and helps bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives. She leads campaigns on topics such as human trafficking, Internet pornography, and the value of life from its beginning to its natural end. Nola is in increasing demand as a writer, public speaker, and broadcaster.

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

   Working Class Ministry

Goal: To mentor and provide Christian leaders, evangelists, and Christians in ministry with the tools to effectively engage with working-class communities so as to build effective and vibrant churches.

LeadersMartin Erwin studied at GLO in Scotland (now Tilsley College) and then joined the Counties training programme in 1991, subsequently becoming the Counties evangelist for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Involved in local church missions, schools work, and agricultural show outreach, Martin also planted Challenge Community Church in Hereford, and until taking up his role as CEO at Counties (June 2016), he was on the leadership team at Challenge. Counties. Stephen McQuoid grew up in Ethiopia where his parents were missionaries.  He then lived in Ireland where he worked for the NHS before going on to study theology. He has a Dip.Th. from Belfast Bible College, a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity College, an MA and a Ph.D. in Theology from Trinity Theological Seminary, and an MTh from the University of Wales.  He has also written more than a dozen books. Stephen is the General Director of GLO Europe.

To Apply: If you are interested in applying for the YRM for Working Class Ministry, you can view 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.

Leader: 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, and 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. For 15 years, he has led teams of young people on short-term mission trips to the Czech Republic.

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