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Leading WELL

9th March 2023 | 5:00 pm - 11th March 2023 | 2:00 pm

Leading WELL (Workshop for Elders and Lay Leaders) is a course to equip, encourage and nourish elders and those in lay leadership in churches who want to grow and develop in their calling as leaders, shepherds and servants of the local church.

This course runs over three years and can be joined at any stage.

The programme for 2023 will take its lead from Ephesians once again and looking at what it means to be “in Christ”; presenting people as mature in Christ, developing trust in teams, working through healthy debate and personal security.

The need

Shepherding of the flock is vital for the health of the local church (Acts 20:17-38; 1 Peter 5:1-4). All churches depend on their elders or lay leaders. These are challenging days to lead. For different reasons, training in a local church context can be limited; there are real benefits in drawing on the experience of others outside that context.

What you’ll get out of it
  • You’ll be able to understand and articulate what biblical leadership in the church context is
  • You’ll be able to understand and read the context you find yourself in, and then apply the principles you’ve learned to this context and to others, too
  • You’ll develop knowledge and skills in particular areas relevant to where you serve:
    • Communication
    • Working in a team
  • You’ll express a greater sense of personal awareness, with a view to being able to serve and work with others and know what leadership skills to invest in
  • You’ll gain confidence to take the next steps in personal development.

A great event, that is very useful for whatever stage of church ministry you find yourself, from church planting to established church, there is something for everyone! – 2022 Delegate

The ethos

This is a safe, affirming, fun, refreshing, time of learning, as together we do business with the Lord.

The stunning Lake District location and the chance for fellowship, “all one in Christ Jesus”, with other serving in similar capacities from around the country reinforce this ethos.


Emily Dean
A professional coach with a background in leadership development and HR, Emily’s work encompasses coaching of leaders in a wide range of contexts. She believes in nurturing and growing leadership talent. Recognising that how people feel has a massive impact on how they perform, she uses an approach based on collaboration, creativity, humour and challenge. A Christian since her teen years, she now worships at St John’s in Hartford, serving through a range of lay ministries there. She also offers her professional expertise to the St John’s leadership team and to the wider Chester Diocese.


Peter Nicoll
Peter is an international leadership coach-mentor and consultant. He has many years of experience in both pastoral ministry and intercultural mission leadership, both nationally and internationally. His passion is to see leaders equipped, applying biblical truth and reality in their contexts.


Adrian Reynolds
Adrian Reynolds serves as Associate National Director for the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. He has previously served as one of the leaders of The Proclamation Trust and as a Pastor in Hampshire. Prior to Christian ministry he was a senior manager in business. Adrian has written a dozen books, including some on leadership, and three with his wife, Celia. They have three daughters and three grandchildren.



James Robson

Before leading Keswick Ministries, James was involved in the training of church leaders for nearly 20 years, helping with their formation and teaching them the Old Testament. He taught for 10 years at Oak Hill College, and then for 7 years at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, where he was Senior Tutor and part of the Senior Management Team.



Andrew Towner
Following 5 years as a teacher, and ordained ministry in central London and then Beckenham, Andrew has served as Vicar of Houghton and Kingmoor (Carlisle) since 2014. He Chairs both the Diocesan Board of Education and Church Society Council and is an Honorary Canon of Carlisle Cathedral. Katie works as a Town Planner; they have three children and a cocker spaniel. He loves mountains, books, music and cooking meals for people to relax over.

Cost and Venue

The workshop will be held at Keswick Ministries, in Keswick.

The cost for the workshop is £70 per person. This includes all materials, lunch, refreshment and 2 evening meals.


Accommodation should be organised on an individual basis. There are plenty of bed and breakfasts, hostels, hotels, self-catering cottages to choose from in Keswick.

Keswick Ministries also has a number of rooms in its Skiddaw Street centre available for £25 per person per night bed and breakfast and will be available to book on a first come, first served, basis.

Application to attend the workshop

To ensure maximum benefit for delegates, there is a limit of 60 places and we are asking every application to come with the written support of your pastor or minister. If your church does not have a pastor, it should come with written support of another elder.

You need to apply by completing the online form below. When you have completed the application please ask your pastor to email a reference to carolyn.south@keswickministries.org. Please note your application won’t be accepted until the pastor’s reference is received.

You will hear whether you have a place shortly after your application has been assessed.

Application deadline is 28th February 2023For further information contact Carolyn on carolyn.south@keswickministries.org or on 017687 80075 option 4.


9th March 2023 | 5:00 pm
11th March 2023 | 2:00 pm
Event Category:
Keswick Ministries