Andy is the creator of PrayerMate, co-founder of Kingdom Code UK and a member of the Public Leader: England 2018 cohort.

When I first heard about the Evangelical Alliance’s Public Leadership course, I’ll admit that I wasn’t entirely sure what it was about. But the idea intrigued me. Whether I liked it or not, I found myself in a position of leadership: the app I had built, PrayerMate, had attracted an audience of tens of thousands of people using it every month, and I felt a responsibility to make the most of that opportunity and to serve those people well, as they sought to grow in their relationships with God. Yet I felt desperately ill-equipped for the role – how to lead, what it would even mean to lead, and what God’s purpose for me in all this was. So, I tentatively sent off my application form and trusted the results to God. 

The main substance of the course is four residential weekends, together with the other participants and an amazing array of world-class speakers. Now with three of those weekends behind me, I am so grateful that I decided to apply, and for the privilege of taking part in the course. Each of the weekends has, in different ways, helped me to understand myself better, to reflect on who God has made me, the passions and gifts that He has given me, and on what leadership means and involves. Doing this alongside others, who are growing through the same process, but in a massive range of different contexts, has been such a blessing. 

So, if you’re thinking of applying, I would strongly encourage you to submit an application – if nothing else, just completing the form will help you as you reflect on your own journey and where God has put you.

Find out more about the courses in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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