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21st May 2017

Applications open for 2018 GCF Leadership Experience

1st September 2017

Applications close.

10th September 2017

All applicants are notified if they are successful and further information about the Leadership Experience is sent. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by 15th October.

15th October 2017

Each LE Participant submits names of mentor and accountability supervisor. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is paid.

15th November 2017

The balance of the full fee ($1,500) is due.

1st December 2017

Mentoring begins with mentor and accountability supervisor

  • Leadership Experience Facebook begins
  • Each participant will research child-related issues in their own communities

18th February – 24th March 2018

Participants come together in South Africa for a five-week residential intensive where they will learn from one another and expert facilitator. Learning will be biblically-based, interactive and experiential. The elements of the intensive are:

  • Biblical foundations: children, family and faith community in the Big Story of God
  • The context in which children live: the implications for children’s ministry of the diverse sub-cultures in which a child’s worldview is shaped
  • Transformational faith formation in children: bringing hope to children so that they bring hope to those around them
  • Godly leadership: the qualities and the skills of a Kingdom leader of children’s ministry

The GCF values of servant hood, generosity, integrity and trust will be the foundation stones of the GCF LE community that is built.

April – November 2018

  • Regular meetings with mentor and accountability supervisor continue
  • Regular online community groups continue with discussions and learning assignments around children’s ministry topics
  • Participants also complete a Ministry Project as agreed with their Accountability Supervisor and GCF Leadership Experience Facilitators. This project will intentionally relate Leadership Experience learning to the ministry in which the person is involved

December 2018

Graduates are awarded a Global Children’s Forum Certificate endorsed by the Cory Centre of Children’s Ministry, Bethel Seminary USA.