The Public Leader retreat-based training course seeks to equip emerging leaders in their 20s and 30s who are passionate about bringing Christian leadership to all areas of life across the UK. Designed for those in full-time work, there are annual cohorts in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

Participants undertake a journey of equipping, mentoring and support to grow into their unique role of leadership for the 21st century and be confident in their voice wherever God has called them. The teaching during the weekend retreats focuses on four key themes: character, calling, competency and cultural intelligence.

As well as learning from expert speakers in a range of fields, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with other emerging leaders from across the spheres of politics, the arts, media, academia, business, education, civil society, and more.


The course includes: 

  • Weekend retreats (Friday evening-Saturday evening)
  • Evening events with experienced leaders
  • Visits to national cultural institutions
  • Mentoring sessions with an experienced public leader

The teaching, mentoring, guidance and fellowship I have enjoyed throughout the process has been a real blessing and privilege to me and has helped me see how God is working in Scotland.

– Iain, a prosecutor in the Crown Office and Scotland participant


Applications are now open across the UK

Applicants will be in their 20s and 30s, with some prior experience of leadership and a desire to explore the next steps God is leading them to. Participants must submit a reference from a church and / or workplace leader, or someone else who can attest to their leadership potential and faith relationships. Applicants are expected to be sympathetic to the Evangelical Alliance’s statement of faith. Each course will take between 12-18 participants. Course fees and exact format vary according to location.


To find out more and to receive an application pack, contact the national coordinators:

The Public Leader: Scotland, starting Autumn 2018: Email Kieran Turner or download the leaflet

The Public Leader: Northern Ireland, starting Autumn 2018: Applications are now closed but you can find out more on the Reimagining Faith website

The Public Leader: England, starting January 2019: Email Abi Jarvis or download the leaflet


An incredible opportunity to explore the nature and scope of your God-given leadership gifts. Meeting a group of people also seeking discernment in how to use their leadership gifts and follow their calling has been an amazing blessing, and is constantly informing how we all think about leading in today’s world. Inspiring, challenging and empowering.

– Toby, filmmaker and England participant