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Leading WELL

March 7 2024 - March 9 2024

A workshop for those who are Elders or Lay Leaders within their church.

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.

This year’s Leading WELL will focus on the book of Ephesians, looking specifically at the Armour of God and how as leaders we can prepare for the spiritual battles we face, and how to help those we lead. The course will include a mixture of teaching, discussion groups and practical tools as well as fellowship with other elders and lay leaders across the country.

This is the third year in a three-part course. Delegates can join at any time and do not have to have completed previous Leading WELL courses

The Need

Shepherding 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.

“The course encouraged me greatly through bringing my attitudes and actions, as a church leader, to the beautiful bar of scripture.”

Workshop Leaders

Adrian Reynolds

Adrian serves as Head of National Ministries 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 five grandchildren.          

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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 Cathederal. Katie works as a Town Planner; they have three children and a cocker spaniel. He loves mountain, books and cooking meals for people to relax over.

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Mark Ellis

I’ve been a Pastor, worked in cross-cultural mission in Asia, and led teams in student ministry. In all we’ve done, Joanne and I are convinced what people most need is to see the richness of the gospel on every page of God’s Word and to see Jesus more beautifully so that we want to walk with him more closely. And that’s why I love Keswick Ministries! Because our passion is to see people drawn closer to the same heart-melting Saviour.

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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

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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 of fellowship, ‘all one in Christ Jesus’, with other serving in similar capacities from around the country reinforce this ethos.

What You'll Take Away

  • 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.


Accommodation is not provided and should be organised on an individual basis. 

There are plenty of bed and breakfasts, hostels, hotels and self-catering cottages to choose from in Keswick.

Keswick Ministries also has a number of rooms in its Skiddaw St Centre available. Rooms will be available to book on a first come, first serve basis. For the cost and further information contact bookings@keswickministries.org.

Cost and Venue

The workshop will be held at Keswick Ministries, in Keswick Cumbria. The cost for the workshop is £70 per person. This includes all materials, lunches, refreshments and 2 evening meals.


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 will 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 and reference received. The deadline for applications is 29th February 2024.

Keswick Ministries