Leadership Year

The Leadership Year is an exciting opportunity for 18-30 year olds across the Connexion (the Methodist Church in Britain), who want to invest time in developing their leadership abilities.

As a participant of the Leadership Year you will:

  • take part in three residential weekends (November, March, July) exploring leadership
  • be part of a group with other 18-30 year olds – a chance to make new friendships and support one another
  • have the opportunity to meet in a small group between the residential weekends
  • have the opportunity to take part in local/Connexional events
  • have the opportunity to be mentored.

Being a participant on the Leadership Year can easily fit around your other commitments, such as work and study.

We ask that you commit to attending the three weekends and then join in with the other opportunities as much as you can.

On this page:

The residentials
The weekend residentials will be held at Cliff College, which is in the heart of the Peak District and surrounded by beautiful countryside. There will opportunities to worship and pray together as well as to explore topics connected to understanding leadership. Topics will be explored through discussions, experiential learning, games, group work, self-reflection. There will also be times to be social, have fun and enjoy each other’s company.

The content
The Leadership Year focuses on what it means to be a Christian in leadership (whether that is in the Church or society). We’ll explore a number of leadership characteristics such as integrity, humility, self-awareness, discernment, resilience, which we believe are essential to developing transformative leaders. Personal discipleship is integral to leadership, so worship and prayer are key aspect of the weekends. You’ll find out more about yourself, gain a greater depth of understanding about leadership, and discover what the next steps are for you to grow in your leadership.

Beyond the weekends
The phrase ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’ works well here! You are encouraged to keep reflecting on what you have learned, throughout the year. You may choose to reflect with a small group, a mentor or on your own (or all three!). We want you to take opportunities to lead in different ways, in a local context or maybe in other ways across the Connexion, and to reflect on what you are learning.

The cost
It will cost £300 to join the Leadership Year for the 2022-23 academic year. This will cover costs for all accommodation and food at the residential weekends, and all resources. You will need to cover your own transport costs to Cliff College. Please contact your local church/District to find out if they will sponsor you to take part, or what funding may be available.

What previous participants have said…

“Given me new ideas on how I can be a faithful leader and equipped me to work better with others, especially those who are different to me.”

“Helpful for unpicking different views of what leadership is.”

“I enjoyed and benefitted from the space you created for us to share and listen to different views.”




Dates for the residential weekends 2022-23:

18-20 November 2022

24-26 March 2023

7-9 July 2023

How to take part

To book onto the Leadership Year for 2022-23 please click on this booking link and enter the required details.

The cost to be a participant on the Leadership Year is £300. To make the payment click on this link (after you have completed the booking form) and enter the amount of £300 in the first box (‘donation details’) before filling out the rest of the required information.

If you cannot make the full payment initially, or if you have any questions, then please contact us.


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