Applications now open for 2024-25

Scotland faces huge challenges over the coming years. Whether it’s the energy transition to net zero, rebuilding communities, arts and culture, addressing the drug deaths crisis, or the continuing debate over independence, leadership is required at all levels of society. 

Join us for a 10-month leadership development journey that equips and encourages Christians like you to intentionally and strategically take the lead so that you can make a difference wherever you are.

The Public Leader programme is for young professionals and emerging leaders serving in a variety of vocations or roles, because we want to see every aspect of our culture transformed by the good news of Jesus. Whether your interests lie in the creative, civic, financial, community or elsewhere, as long as you want to know Jesus more deeply, serve Him more fully and see His kingdom come wherever you are – we want to hear from you.


Three 24-hour retreats will take place across the year at the Ballathie House Hotel, Perthshire:

  • 8 – 9 November 2024
  • 31 January — 1 February 2025
  • 6 – 7 June 2025

Each retreat will focus on different aspects of discipleship, leadership and cultural analysis.


In addition to the residential weekends, participants will be invited to take part in visits to various cultural, business and political institutions throughout the programme. These visits allow you to meet leaders in their context, and to understand some of the spheres that shape Scottish culture. 

In previous years we have visited BBC Scotland, the Scottish Parliament and the Court of Session for a greater understanding of media, government and law, as well as Ross County FC in Dingwall for a fantastic example of sports, community and business leadership in rural Scotland.

We will also hold three online evenings together with Public Leadership participants from across the four nations, hearing from and engaging with Christian leaders across different sectors. They will take place on the following dates:

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


All participants are paired with a mentor for the year. Throughout the year, participants will have the opportunity to delve deeper into all aspects of the programme through one-on-one conversations with their mentor.

Alumni network

After the programme, participants will be invited to join our wider alumni network – a community of all those who have been involved in the programme as participants, mentors and speakers. The network has a number of different online and in-person events each year, bringing leaders together locally and nationally.


Standard fee: £695

We encourage participants to consider approaching their workplace or church for support. A limited number of bursaries are available to help those who need financial help. Please discuss this with us at the interview stage.

More information

For more information about Public Leader: Scotland, please email publicleadership@​eauk.​org

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