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 Over the last 50 years in the eyes of the general population we have moved from normative, to outdated, to marginalised, to irrelevant, and now among a small but significant sector – somewhat alien.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 poweryesterday, 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..

What People Are Saying

The Lead Academy programme is excellent and the time spent away with other senior leaders from our church has already proved helpful. It was particularly useful to work through the Lead Academy training as a team. It enabled us to discuss the issues we face, make plans and pray together. I’d thoroughly recommend Lead Academy!
— Matthew Porter – York
These two days have been EXCELLENT. The idea of a learning community is brilliant and you executed it in a very helpful way. Thanks
— Martin Hodson – Worcester
The time that Lead Academy has given us as a team to dream, to talk, to plan has been invaluable and I have no doubt that All Saints is already in a different place than if we hadn’t been part of the learning community during the last 2 years.
— Ian Whitely - Esher
Very worthwhile and constructive. An atmosphere of honesty and acceptance – excellent.
— Steph Littlejohn – Bracknell
Very worthwhile use of time and catalytic for future growth.
— Paul Valler – Finchampstead
Loved it, it’s been great. The most relevant thing I’ve done with regards to church vision and strategy.
— Jon Scammon - Lancaster
For us Lead Academy has proven to be invaluable. Of all the leadership events I have attended this is the one that has given us genuine traction and application back in our church. We have found that Lead Academy has been a real catalyst for bold action and has fired our missional imagination.
— Martin Williams - Gerrards Cross
Great idea - much better than a conference! The opportunities to discuss and plan in our teams will prove invaluable.
— Rachel Roberts – Finchampstead
Thank you for a fresh approach – a good balance of input, discussion and practical application.
— Andrea Lowndes – Solihull
As a non-conference person I thought the whole two days were stimulating and challenging, very useful. I think the best part is that it will be on-going over the next two years. I look forward to hearing how God will build his church.
— Jeff Ballentine - Aylesbury