Why Lead Academy?
Despite some recent encouragement over church attendance we all know that overall the church in the UK is in big trouble. Over the last 50 years in the eyes of the general population we have moved from normative, to outdated, to marginalised, to irrelevant, and now among a small but significant sector – somewhat alien.
We believe that the local church has the potential to transform communities. If we work together and encourage one another in our own unique contexts, we can reverse the trend and see substantial growth and influence. The processes that we have been developing at Lead Academy are proving to be a significant means of achieving just that.
What Can We Do?
If we believe that Jesus and the gospel have the same power yesterday, today and forever, then we must ask why so few churches are having an impact. We need to face major issues like church culture, discipleship, mission and leadership with humility, honesty and courage and be willing to make the changes needed whatever the cost. Above all we need teams of leaders -
• Committed to bringing change
• Determined to harness the gifts and contribution of their members
• Willing to do things differently for the sake of the gospel
• Wanting to be accountable for taking back lost ground
• Able to develop new thinking and practices for their church’s health and growth
Lead Academy exists to facilitate all of the above by equipping and inspiring you to fulfil God’s purpose for your church.
What Can I expect?
Lead Academy uses a distinctive and creative approach to equipping leaders and enabling churches to fulfil their vision. Most leadership events are low on participation and high on information, with about 90% of the knowledge being imparted by the speaker. We have seen how a much more collaborative approach to learning has significant advantages over the traditional leadership events model. Using learning communities, coaching and the sharing of resources and best practice, we recognise that 60-70% of the information needed to develop our leadership is already present within those participating. Through good facilitation members can benefit significantly from one another’s experiences, knowledge and passion. Our interactive learning methods connect churches and leaders. Together participants work through the challenges and opportunities of leading churches in a 21st Century context..