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The Public Leader course

Equipping emerging Christian public leaders to lead confidently in the public square

The Public Leader training course seeks to equip emerging leaders who are passionate about growing in their Christian public leadership.

Designed for Christian public leaders in their 20s and 30s, we go on a journey of equipping, mentoring and supporting public leaders to grow into their unique roles of leadership wherever they’ve been called. Over the course the public leaders grow in confidence to use their Christian voice in their workplaces and communities. The course runs in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.

Over the course expert speakers from a range of fields share their experiences of public leadership and course participants build relationships with other emerging leaders from across the spheres of politics, the arts, media, academia, business, education, civil society, and more.

The course includes:

  • Four weekend retreats (Friday evening-Saturday evening)
  • Evening events with experienced leaders
  • Visits to national cultural institutions
  • Mentoring sessions with an experienced public leader

"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

Applicants will be in their 20s and 30s, with some prior experience of leadership and a desire to explore the next steps God is leading them to. Participants must submit a reference from a church and / or workplace leader, or someone else who can attest to their leadership potential and faith relationships. Applicants are expected to be sympathetic to the Evangelical Alliance’s statement of faith. Each course will take between 12 – 18 participants. Course fees and exact format vary according to location.


The Public Leadership course 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.

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