Leading for a Change
A Programme to Develop Lay Leadership

What is the programme about?

The object of the programme is to equip and empower you as a Christian to bring about positive change. The kinds of change envisaged lie within two broad categories: Change which meets human needs in practical ways, and Change which involves new missional projects within the church.

The course adopts a community organising model developed by Citizens:MK within a Christian framework by which Christian beliefs, values and purposes are expressed and become drivers for change.

It’s supported by a grant of £1,000 from Bishop Alan, and is being organised through the Mission Partnership with help from Citizens MK. John Robertson, Tom Bulman and Tim Norwood have all been involved in the planning and will be leading sessions.

The course has two distinct phases: a teaching phase which takes place at the beginning of the course and an action phase which follows during which participants will take on a Change Project. This latter phase will be supported by regular action learning sets.

Teaching Course

The teaching course covers six sessions at the beginning of the programme. The course starts by establishing a broad Christian framework within which the course elements which follow can be understood. The implications of “God’s story” in terms of identity, values, power, purpose and vocation will be explored. The following  sessions will develop a community organising model within the Christian framework exploring the importance of power, self-interest, active listening, research, negotiation, action, evaluation and development in effecting change. Sessions will be practical and interactive. Throughout the course, you will be invited to explore what your particular vocation may be in effecting change so that you will be ready to take on a Change Project for which you have personal commitment.

Change Projects

Through the teaching course, we hope that you will discover a vocation for change about which you feel passionate enough to act. You will be the author of your Change Project: there are no “off the shelf” ideas from which to choose. Experience within Citizens:MK has led to Change Projects concerned to establish a real living wage, to weave trust across diverse communities, to welcome refugees. This kind of community action may be your vocation.

Equally, you may be called to initiate a missional project of the church: this could range from starting a coffee morning to creating a fresh expression of church and everything in between. There are no pre-conceived ideas, the only limits are your dreams for the kingdom of God in Milton Keynes.

Action Learning Sets

In order to support you in your Change Project, you will work in a group with five others facilitated by one of the team. Each member of the group will have a 30 minute slot to explain and explore the challenges of their Change Project with the support, questioning and inquiry of the other members of the group. These Action Learning Sets (ALS) will meet every other month during the Change Project phase of the programme and are intended to develop focused mutual localised support for your leadership. You will remain in the same ALS throughout the programme.

The Teaching Programme

Sat. January 14th Introduction and Christian Framework
The Importance of Power for Change

Weds. January 25th
Listening for Change 7.30-9.30

Weds. February 1st
Researching for Change 7.30-9.30

Weds. February 8th
Negotiating Power 7.30-9.30

Weds. February 15th
Action, Evaluation and Development

Action Learning Programme
February, March, May, July, September, November
Evening sessions 7.00—9.30
Dates and venues to be arranged

Coming Together

There will be two opportunities for all participants to come together in the middle and at the end of the programme for sharing and celebration . Dates and venues to be arranged.


Teaching Course: John Robertson & Tim Norwood

Action Learning Sets: Tom Bulman, Katharine Crowsley & Phil Wason


Cost £80
Numbers There are 15 places available for the programme.
Action Learning Sets will take place in three groups of five.

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