Germinate Leadership is an exciting programme on leadership in the rural church to help lay and ordained leaders from all denominations to develop creative, entrepreneurial skills for effective rural church leadership.
Germinate Leadership is a subsidised 18 month programme which includes 360 degree appraisal, a residential event, input and peer days, mentoring and work shadowing. A blend of learning styles is used, incorporating wisdom and experience from both secular and church leadership spheres. As a result it is practical, relevant, and tailored to the person and context.
The programme builds on the findings of The Effective Christian Presence and Enterprise Project (Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire & the Humber, Faithworks, 2008). This project conducted two years of research with 19 innovative Christian groups in the Yorkshire and Humber region. It aimed to identify; learn from; encourage; and sustain enterprising forms of Christian presence.
One of the project’s recommendations was that lay and ordained church leaders should be trained to develop the ‘entrepreneurial leadership style’, including project development and management skills. They should be supported and encouraged to start new community initiatives and social enterprise projects, and in helping Christian presences to be more effective in engaging with their communities. In response, the CRCYH and the ARC collaborated to produce a pilot leadership development programme specifically aimed at lay and ordained leaders in the rural church. This was successfully completed in Yorkshire during Spring 2013. A national programme commenced in October 2013 and was fully subscribed and enthusiastically received.
Reflecting our commitment to working ecumenically, lay and ordained participants have been drawn from across the denominations, including the Church of England, Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Churches, and the Church of Scotland.
‘The programme has been inspirational. The combination of theology, leadership training, peer and mentor consultancy, spiritual development, stories from rural experience, in theory and practice, has given me renewed enthusiasm and confidence in my ministry. It is has been a vital part of my continuing formation and learning.’
– Programme participant
‘Promoting creative leadership in the rural church isn’t about making up for a lack of clergy; it is about recognising and receiving the gifts given by the Spirit for the good of all. It has been a privilege to share in this imaginative and intelligent process and … I believe that the work and witness of the rural church will be enriched by this contribution to leadership development.’
– The Bishop of Ripon, Rt Revd James Bell
The challenges facing rural communities and churches require imaginative responses. The Germinate Lecture offers an annual opportunity to engage with someone at the forefront of developing effective Christian leaders.
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