Please apply as early as possible. Places are limited. Applications close on 31st October 2021, or when places have been filled. Please note the following:

  • You must answer every question. Unanswered questions will disqualify your application.
  • You will be informed when your application has been received, and when it has been approved or otherwise.
  • The Leadership Experience begins on 1st December 2021, and will conclude with an Online Graduation Ceremony in October 2022. In making this application, you are agreeing to be involved with every aspect of the course.

Personal Details

Your Contact Details

Emergency Contact Details

In case of emergency, please supply contact information on the person you would like to be contacted

Family Details

Health Information

Please inform us of any health-related needs that you have. It is important that your information is accurate. These details will not necessarily affect your application.

Personal Testimony of Faith

Ministry Leadership Experience and Dreams

The GCF Leadership Experience will encourage and challenge you as a leader in children's ministry to reflect on your practice, develop more strategies and skills, and learn from others who are involved in similar leadership roles.

Describe below a recent project that demonstrates your contribution to leading children's ministry. For example, it may be in developing a program that equips younger children's workers, or in implementing a new program to benefit children.

Nominating Church or Agency

You must have the consent of your church or organisation before you complete this section. In this way, we are sure that you will receive the support you need during the course and will continue to contribute in a significant way as a leader.

Please provide details of someone in that church or organisation with whom we can communicate regarding this application.


As part of your application you are required to choose two people who will act as your referees. These are people who have know you for more than three years. Ideally one should be a mentor / pastor / church leader, and one should be a person that you work with / studied with / volunteered with. Please supply below the details of the people who will act as your referees. None of these should be a close relative. It is acceptable for one of the referees to be the person whom you have listed above under Nominating Church or Agency.

Your first Referee

Name of first Referee

Your second Referee

Name of second Referee

Employment History

Current Employment

Previous work experience (full-time or part-time)

Education History

Please indicate the highest level of education achieved in the following areas (if none, please leave blank). You only need to provide details of your most recent / highest qualifications.

Click the + sign to the right of the box to add more than one qualification.

Language and computer skills

Please answer these questions as honestly as you can. As the GCF Leadership Experience uses English for all its work, it is therefore very important for us to know your level of proficiency in English. Students are required to be able to speak and write in English and have reasonable computer access and skills as most assignments and research will be done using computers.

English Proficiency

Computer Proficiency


The GCF Leadership Experience includes mentoring, supervision, assignments, online forums and two residential intensives in Nairobi, Kenya. All of these are essential for every participant and require both financial and time commitments.

Assuming that you are accepted, are you able to commit to the following:

Once your application is accepted, you and other parties will be asked to sign agreement to the GCF Leadership Experience requirements.

These documents include Memorandum of Understanding, Children Protection Declaration, and Legal Indemnity.

Are you then able to commit to the following:

Financial Support

An important part of the registration process is to explore how you will meet the financial requirements you will face as a GCF Leadership Experience participant. We expect this will be a partnership between you, your church or organisation and your family and friends.

The fee for LE, including all course fees and accommodation and meals in Nairobi, Kenya is US$2,100. You are responsible for:

  • Purchasing your airline ticket
  • Visa costs
  • Insurance costs (travel and medical insurance for the residential intensive is compulsory)
  • The LE fee. Only in exceptional circumstances will subsidies be available. Preference is given to suitable applicants who can pay the full amount
  • All personal expenses

Please note that very limited scholarship money is available. We anticipate that the leaders who apply for this course will be largely supported through their church, the ministry with which they are working, and their network of friends and mentors.

Please note

  • The GCF Leadership Experience does not at any time provide any financial support for participants to pioneer or sustain their ministry, or for their personal needs.
  • Participants who do not comply with the requirements of the training during the residential intensives and are therefore requested to leave the program prior to its completion, or who fail to complete the program for any personal reason, will not be reimbursed for the fees they have already paid.

Please answer the following questions:

The Application Process

When we receive your completed application form, we will contact you if we have further questions.

When we are satisfied with your application, we will contact the people you have named as referees.

We will advise you if your application has been successful by 31st October.

If successful, to confirm your place on the Leadership Experience, you will be required to pay:

  1. US$1,000 by 30th November 2021
  2. The balance of US$1,100 by 27th February 2022

You are responsible for successfully obtaining a valid Kenyan visa to attend the residential intensives (embassy rules differ so you must check requirements with your national embassy). We recommend that you begin the process for your Kenyan visa once you have signed and sent in your Participant Covenant document. Please ensure that you have a valid passport which covers the Leadership Experience dates before you apply for your visa.

You are required to pay for and provide confirmation of personal health / travel insurance covering the residential intensives in Kenya before you travel. We cannot accept participants without valid insurance

The Leadership Experience begins on 1st December 2021, and concludes on 30th September 2022 with an online graduation on 15th October 2022.

For specific date and deadlines, please go to https://gcfleadership.org/timetable/.