Applications now open for autumn 2021

Society has been shaken over the past year, revealing that we need leaders who move in the wisdom and power of God. Have you ever considered:

  • How God could use these circumstances to shape your nation for good? 
  • How you might play your part to lead wherever God has placed you?
  • How Christian public leadership can help you step up for the sake of others?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, and you are in your 20s or 30s, we want to hear from you. 

You may have experience in the arts, media, academia, business, education, civil society, politics, healthcare or another sector. You may have been to university or have completed an apprenticeship. You may be a key worker, part of the work-from-home army or have spent time on furlough over the past year. We want to hear from you.

Most important of all, if you are hungry to learn and have a heart to use your influence to lead where God has placed, we want to hear from you.


The 2021 Public Leader: Northern Ireland course will run from September to June and include two residential weekends. These will take place in County Down in October/​November and on the North Coast in April/​May. Exact dates and details will be confirmed soon. 


In addition to the weekends, participants will be invited to regular local gatherings throughout the year. These events will almost always involve a meal, some teaching, discussion and prayer. There will also be lots of input from current public leaders about the challenges and opportunities of serving Jesus in their sphere of work and influence. 

In previous years participants have visited the Northern Ireland Assembly to meet with local MLAs and have heard from entrepreneurs, civil servants, artists, sports professionals and leaders across different sectors of society.

New feature

Three core online teaching sessions, with top national and international contributors, will take place in November, February and April. These mixed format sessions will draw together the four cohorts from across the UK.


The speakers for 2021/22 are currently being finalised. At the end of the course participants will be invited to join the alumni network where they can continue their journey in public leadership.


Standard fee: £500

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: Northern Ireland, please email publicleadership@​eauk.​org

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