The Influential Leadership Workshop is part of the Keswick Ministries' new teaching and training events held as part of the Derwent Project.

What does it take to be an influential leader in a volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous and secular environment? Leaders are bombarded with so many demands every day in what seems to be a constantly changing world. How can we hear from God’s word and apply it faithfully, serve with integrity and be those who are sent to transform society?

This workshop is aimed at leaders of Churches, leaders in the Corporate, Public Sector, Third Sector and small businesses and in a very real, open, supportive environment will help you become more alive in your role, more secure in your identity, more invested in your character development and more influential in your relationships.

It is suitable for anyone in a leadership role who has oversight of people, resources and plans. Typically this will be a lead or associate pastor or a member of a leadership team, a CEO or member of a senior leadership team of a small or medium sized charity or business, or a department head or manager within a larger corporate structure.

Come prepared to be honest, open, challenged and changed and you will find that you meet Jesus in a new way, return refreshed and ready for your next challenge and look at the issues you face from a completely new perspective.

Each delegate should have prepared, in advance, a review of their current leadership situation and an analysis of the challenges they currently face. By the end of the week, delegates will have been supported to develop a personal development plan and will be partnered with other leaders to support them through the application.

Each day there will be time for devotions, worship and spiritual reflection on leadership issues led by Peter Maiden.

Each day, delegates will work closely with Simon Barrington who will help leaders develop their own personal development plan based on 5 I’s of Leadership : Intimacy with Jesus, Identity in Christ, Integrity of character, Inner Strength and Influence. Simon has pioneered this approach to leadership development during his 14 years in business at senior level in a large corporate and during his 14 years as Chief Executive of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

The workshop format will be dynamic, interactive, and demanding. It brings out and develops each individual’s gifting and addresses each individual’s situation, rather than giving a formulaic grid.


Simon Barrington - Photo 2017Simon Barrington, Founder of Forge Leadership Consultancy, is an experienced Chief Executive who is now utilising this experience in mentoring, coaching, advising and supporting executives and Church leaders in leadership development. Simon is currently developing the ideas on this course into a book and is undertaking research on the Leadership development needs of millennials.

Peter Maiden Peter Maiden, Minister at Large of Keswick Ministries, retired from the role of International Director of Operation Mobilisation in August 2013. He now serves as International Director Emeritus. His new role gives more time for preaching and teaching which today his is his main ministry role. Peter enjoys family life with his wife Win, their three grown children and nine grandchildren.

James Robson James Robson, Ministry Director of Keswick Ministries.
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 seven years at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, where he was Senior Tutor and part of the Senior Management Team.

Joelle Warren - Photo 2017 Joëlle Warren, Executive Chair, Warren Partners
Joëlle founded Warren Partners, the executive search firm, in 1998. Since then the firm has grown to a top 20 player in the UK with offices split between Cheshire and London. She is passionate about improving effectiveness in the boardroom and the part diversity plays in that. This led to her award of an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Business. She was appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire in 2010 and the founding Chairman of Cheshire Community Foundation in 2011, both positions she holds today alongside her business role. She is a member of the North West Business Leadership Team and the CBI’s Enterprise Forum. Joëlle serves on the Leadership Team of her parish church, Christ Church, Alsager. She was a member of the Lay Leadership Task Group of the Church of England and is passionate about helping Christians to confidently live out their faith wherever they are.

Venue and Date:

Rawnsley Centre, Keswick CA12 5NP
2pm - Monday 21st May 2017 - 13:30 Friday 25th May 2018


The cost for this one-week, intensive training course with three trainers is £300 per person. This includes lunch and refreshments each day. Please note that accommodation is not included.

Once accepted on the course, you will need to have paid in full by 16th March to confirm your place. Any place not paid for by 5:00pm 16th March may be offered to someone on the reserve list.

Applications to attend the workshop:
To ensure maximum benefit for delegates, there is a limit of 24 places. You need to apply by completing the online form before 23rd February 2018. You will hear whether you have a place by 2nd March 2018. We will be operating a reserve list.

Applications are now open. Click here to apply

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