London Academy: October 2016 – July 2017
An opportunity for Christians aged 25-35 to deepen their spiritual life, clarify their vision, sharpen their leadership and broaden their network. Over one year those who sign up receive Content, Coaching and Community to develop their spiritual leadership, and help them fulfil God’s vision for their lives. The course is designed for busy people, enabling it to be completed by those in full time employment, and with busy family commitments.
Eleven workshop days over the course of the year take you through the One Rock curriculum in Spiritual Formation, Discerning Vision and Leadership Skills. The content is delivered over the following days:
- 19-22 October 2016 (4 day workshop)
- 10 December 2016
- 11 February 2017
- 08 April 2017
- 26-29 July 2017 (4 day workshop)
This covers 5 Saturdays and 6 weekdays. Outcomes from the curriculum include developing a personal rhythm of spirituality, greater discernment on God’s vision for your life, more confidence in communication, learning how to build high performance teams, how to plan strategically, and how to coach others.
Ten coaching conversations over the course of the year help you apply the content personally to your life. Each Academy delegate is paired with an older leader who supports them through monthly coaching conversations. 50% of our coaches are British spiritual leaders from key spheres of society including business, politics, church, and the media. The remaining 50% are successful American business leaders from the US firm Chick-fil-A, a privately owned corporation run on profoundly Christian values, and with a turnover in excess of $5 billion annually. The US coaches attend the four day workshops at the beginning and end of the Academy year, and lead their monthly coaching conversations via SKYPE. The UK coaches meet up in person for their monthly conversations.
Over the year Academy members become part of a community of young leaders, with two sorts of evening meetings for encouragement and growth; Quads are opportunities to pray with three or four other members of the Academy cohort, while Gatherings are for the whole group to come together to share their experiences and advise each other. By doing this we hope to seed new communities similar to the Clapham Sect, a group of reformers from 200 years ago. Led by William Wilberforce, and featuring Christians from across different spheres of society, they transformed the world through the abolition of the slave trade, the legalisation of sending missionaries to India, and founding the Church Mission Society and the Bible Society.