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 2020/21 YRM programmes will include the following elements:

  • Interactive webinars in the fall and spring
  • Retreat near Barcelona from 1 to 3 December 2020
  • Pre-Forum Seminar at the 2020 ELF
  • Pre-Forum Conference at the 2021 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 2020/21, we are pleased to announce Year-Round Mentoring groups for:

  • Academic Leaders
  • Church Revitalisation
  • Disciple-Making Leaders
  • Leaders of Christian Events
  • Organisational Development
  • Women in Leadership

   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 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 PhD 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.

   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.

   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.

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.