Applications are now open for 2024-25

This 10-month leadership development journey equips and encourages young professionals and emerging leaders like you to intentionally and strategically take the lead so that you can make a difference wherever you are. We understand that the past few years have shaken our society to its core, and we need Christians to step up and serve in the wisdom and power of God.

The Public Leader programme is designed for those who want to see every aspect of our culture transformed by the good news of Jesus, regardless of their vocation or role. Whether your interests lie in the community, creative arts, civic life, finance or elsewhere, as long as you want to know Jesus more deeply, serve Him more fully and see His kingdom come wherever you are – this programme will coach you to think strategically and intentionally take the lead and make a positive impact wherever you are.

By participating in the Public Leader programme, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a culture-shaping Christian leader in your vocation, role, or sector. We’re committed to building a growing geographical, cross-sector, intergenerational, and increasingly digital network of Christian public leaders passionate about following Jesus and leading by His Spirit. Through this journey, you’ll grow into your unique leadership role, as you seek to follow Jesus wherever you are called. Join us in intentionally and strategically taking the lead, making a significant impact, and transforming our culture with the good news of the kingdom. 

The Public Leader programme

The Public Leader programme is a 10-month journey which has been developed and delivered by the Evangelical Alliance to equip emerging leaders to follow Jesus and make a significant impact in every walk of life.

The Public Leader programme covers the whole of the UK: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales as we help each of our participants grow into their unique roles of leadership as they seek to follow Jesus wherever they are called.

What’s included?

Programme content will vary slightly across each nation of the UK. You can find out more about the programme content for each nation on their specific pages below.

The core of the programme includes:

  • Three 24-hour weekend retreats (Friday evening to Saturday late afternoon) including biblical teaching, nation-specific cultural analysis, leadership development, prayer and time spent with senior Christian public leaders
  • Online teaching and content with special guest speakers from a variety of industry backgrounds
  • Visits to national cultural, business, and political institutions
  • Access to an online community with fellow participants to journey alongside one another
  • At least four private sessions with an assigned mentor to provide ongoing encouragement and support
  • Access to a growing alumni network of Christian public leaders who have undergone the programme previously

Retreat dates:
These vary from nation to nation, please look at the England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland national programme pages for specific dates.

Online event dates:

  • 1 October 2024
  • 14 January 2025
  • 15 April 2025

The online event dates are the same across all four national programmes.

""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, Crown Office prosecutor and Public Leader Scotland participant"

How to apply

Each application is handled by the relevant national team. Once we receive your application, there will be an interview process before offers to the programme are extended.


Standard fee: £695, payable in one lump sum, three instalments, or ten instalments over the course of the programme. Bursaries are available to help those who wouldn’t be able to participate on the programme otherwise. We welcome you to discuss this with us at the interview stage.

Read our FAQs for more information, or get in touch with the Public Leadership team by emailing publicleadership@​eauk.​org

The Evangelical Alliance’s vision for the Public Leader programme is to bring long-term, nation-changing cultural transformation to the UK by investing in Christian leaders in every sector.

The Public Leadership programme initiative is part of the Evangelical Alliance’s work to speak for Jesus in society. You can support the work of Public Leadership for as little as £3 a month by becoming a member of the Evangelical Alliance. Join us today as together we make Jesus known.