Helping lay and ordained leaders from all denominations to develop creative, entrepreneurial skills for rural church leadership.
Every part of the Germinate Leadership programme is rooted in the opportunities and challenges of ministry in rural contexts and fosters a collaborative, ecumenical approach and a culture of continuing personal and professional development. It is expected that all participants, both lay and ordained, will leave as creative, entrepreneurial and strategic leaders, better equipped to engage effectively with local communities and encourage churches to be an effective Christian presence.
The programme combines leadership theory, theological reflection on the nature of leadership in ministry, the development of co-consultancy groups and practical leadership issues including conflict resolution, team building and group dynamics, and the importance of deepening emotional intelligence.
The 18-month programme includes two residentials, programme days, a leadership style review, mentoring and work shadowing. A variety of learning styles are used and teaching incorporates wisdom and experience drawn from secular and church leadership spheres. The programme builds on lay and ordained ministry experience from across the denominations.
Over the course of the programme, participants are required to assemble a portfolio of learning and a leadership development plan setting out ongoing development goals. These form the basis for a professional dialogue with two external leaders at the programme’s conclusion. After completion, contact is maintained through a developing Alumni network and an annual Germinate Leadership Lecture.
The programme is overseen by an ecumenical steering group.
At the 2017 Germinate Lecture we took the opportunity to ask the Germinate Leadership community about their experiences of, and insights into, the programme. Here’s what they said…
‘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
‘Germinate Leadership really does germinate leadership development in the rural church. It has been a privilege to play a small part as a consultant in this learning journey and a joy to witness new learning in participants.’
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.