LEAD Academy Learning Communities

Who are learning communities for?

 Church leadership teams who want to:

  • see transformation and growth in their local church
  • learn how to lead more fruitfully and work together more effectively
  • develop and implement vision
  • grow in faithfulness to God’s call to leadership
What is a learning community?

A group of up to 10 Scottish Baptist church leadership teams, who commit to a two year journey of discovery and development together. Every six months you meet together for two days. At these gatherings there is a mixture of input from experienced practitioners and time to process and apply the input with your own church team, as well as opportunity to interact with other churches on a similar journey. The key themes covered over the two years are:

⚬ The purpose and vision of your church
⚬ Developing leaders and the right leadership structures
⚬ Mission – reaching out and inviting in
⚬ Disciple-making and whole-life transformation

Accountability

At the end of each two-day session you will develop a clear action plan for the next 6 months and share this with the other teams in your learning community. At the next learning community in six months, the first activity will be to report back on how effectively you have fulfilled your action plan.

Coaching

In the second year you will be assigned a trained coach who will offer support to you as the transforming journey develops.

Some Benefits of Learning Communities
  1. Most volunteer church leaders get little or no training for the task. This directly meets that need.
  2. You get extended time to work together as a leadership team on key questions that often get overlooked in your routine agendas. Questions like: What is God’s purpose for our church? What is our culture and how does it affect us? Where are our next leaders coming from?
  3. It is much better than sending your minister away to a conference where they get enthused by some great questions or ideas but find it hard to communicate and apply these to the whole team with the same impact. Here the whole team get the questions and ideas and immediately start to apply them to your unique context.
Why Two Years?

It might sound like a long time but this is probably the minimum length of time to create any lasting change in a local church.

Who Leads This?

LEAD Academy learning communities for Scottish Baptist Churches are led  by Martin Hodson with other experienced church leaders in our Union, who have been trained to use the LEAD Academy programme which has enriched hundreds of UK churches since 2010.

How can people with jobs take part?

Many people on learning communities have chosen to take annual leave, recognising this is a good investment of time. Some have found their employers have been willing to support them because this is both leadership training and charitable support. People who work part time have been able to swap their hours to accommodate the two-day learning communities. For some people it is impossible to take part, but as long as a majority of the leadership team can participate it has proven to be effective.

Dates: The next learning community will begin in September 2019.

Location: to be confirmed

Team: Ideally a team of 4-6 including the minister/team leader

Cost: £690 per year for up to four people. Additional participants £72 per person per year. This is subsidised by the Baptist Union of Scotland and includes venue, materials, teas/coffees and lunch. (It does not include overnight accommodation.)

Interested?

To register your interest and receive a booking form, please contact lynn@scottishbaptist.org.uk

 If you would like an informal chat about joining a learning community, contact Martin Hodson on 0773 036 7606 or martin@scottishbaptist.org.uk

More info at www.leadacademy.net

Why not invest one day with your fellow leaders to explore a variety of mission and ministry opportunities for your church with a National Team member.