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"The LEAD year has pushed me outside my comfort zone,
increasing my trust & understanding of God"

India, LEAD Intern

LEAD - Development Year

A leadership development year with WBC

Explore your calling!
Part of our vision as WBC is to raise up and release leaders who have a heart and a vision for the Kingdom of God. This leadership year is about the church investing in potential leaders who are hungry for God, who want to grow in Christ and be all they can be for Him.

We recognise leadership takes a wide variety of formats and we want to prepare people for the calling and context God has for them, whether that be in the workplace, overseas, in church etc. We want to invest in people to help them grow in character, competency and calling, equipping leaders to serve God in the next stage of their journey.
"The Lead year has pushed me outside my comfort zone, increasing my trust and understanding of God. I’ve found so much joy and challenge in serving others I can’t help but feel an increased love for God and the work He does. As my confidence and openness grows through this I can’t wait to see where else it will take me and the things God is yet to do."

- India, LEAD Intern 2022-23

What is involved?
All applicants will take part in the following:
1. Rhythms of prayer, worship and gathering in the life of the church
2. Being part of a discipleship group
3. Working in collaboration with the staff and leadership teams
4. Bi-weekly sessions with an assigned mentor
5. Monthly teaching and training in theology and leadership covering a wide variety of topics as part of a learning community
6. Attending relevant conferences
7. Working with a specific ministry team with opportunities to lead, including the opportunity to conceive, plan and deliver a project/event
8. Opportunities to connect and work together with other churches
9. An overseas mission trip towards the end of the year

Who can apply?
A wide variety of applicants are invited to apply. There are no limits on age but applicants must be able to demonstrate why this is an important step for them at this time. There is an application process which will involve you filling in a form and filming a short video of yourself explaining why you would like to engage in this programme.
How long and when is it?
'LEAD' takes place over 9 months (from the beginning of October to the end of June) with
up to 5 weeks off.

What practical support is available?
The church cover the costs of all your training and expenses such as conferences and an overseas trip. There is also potential help available with accommodation and living costs for external applicants or those who need extra support. We do not want finance to be a barrier to anyone.
When do I need to apply?
We are inviting applications now and will consider all applications received before 30th June*. Applicants will be informed of our decision within a few weeks but potentially sooner depending on when the application is received. You may also be invited to a conversation with some of the team before a decision is made, and references will be essential for external applicants. *(Late application may be considered)
How do I get in touch?
Please email katie@willesboroughbaptist.church if you have questions

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LEAD - Theology Course

10 month Theology Course

Our LEAD Theology Course will be held over 10 Saturdays throughout the year.  Each session will be divided in two with one part focussed on exploring a section of the Bible and the other part focussed on an aspect of practical theology and how it applies to our discipleship and leadership.

The sessions will be taught by the pastors at WBC plus a number of guest teachers throughout the year specialising in different fields. Morning sessions will typically start at 9:30 and finish by 13:00 with a break. See Course Schedule below.
Sign up to the LEAD Theology Course
Please email katie@willesboroughbaptist.church if you have questions or to sign up

Course Schedule 23/24

Session 1 - Saturday 7th October (9:30 – 15:30)
Introduction to Theology
Introduction to Bible
Discipleship & Leadership

Session 2 - Saturday 11th November (9:30 – 13:00)
The Pentateuch

Session 3 - Saturday 16th December (9:30 – 13:00)
Joshua – Samuel
Prayer & Spirituality

Session 4 - Saturday 13th January (9:30 – 13:00)
Division to Exile
Fivefold leadership

Session 5 - Saturday 10th February (9:30 – 13:00)
Exile & Return
Preaching & Communication

Session 6 - Saturday 9th March (9:30 – 16:00)

Session 7 - Saturday 13th April (9:30 – 13:00)
Everyday Evangelism

Session 8 - Saturday 11th May (9:30 – 13:00)

Session 9 - Saturday 8th June (09:30-16:00)

Session 10 - Saturday 6th July (9:30 – 13:00)
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