Rural Ministries Leadership Development Conference
25th - 27th April 2018

A letter giving the programme and full joining instructions can be downloaded at the link below. 

Please note that space on the 2018 Leadership Development conference is limited and will be given on a first come first served basis.

This Event is by invitation only.


One of the important functions that Rural Ministries seeks to provide is the on going resourcing and development of leaders and pioneers in the rural context. Over the past few years we have sought to take key leaders of mission projects and churches away for three days to offer spiritual input, practical help, the chance to learn from one another and also build relationships together. 

Our focus for this conference will be on the topic of coaching and self-care as a Christian leader. There is a growing awareness of the benefits of coaching in both the business and sports world, with many respected Christian voices also highlighting the value it can have for leadership, Christian formation and mission. Our leadership conference provides an opportunity to explore what we mean by coaching, and the benefits it can have for Christian leaders and ministry in particular. Our keynote speaker is Bruce Murray who works at the universities in Birmingham as a study coach and specialist mentor. Bruce also works privately as a developmental coach, and has served as a pastor in independent evangelical churches in both Manchester and Birmingham.

Beginning with reflections on the leadership issues found in 1 Thessalonians, we will consider how coaching can strengthen and support leaders in these areas. They include the example we set, the way we relate to others, how we encourage change, living prayerfully, developing skills and being resilient. We hope that the outcome of the conference will be a clearer grasp of what coaching is, how it works, and how it integrates with specifically Christian leadership and discipleship. More than that, we hope many leaders will then want to take positive steps to include coaching in their own lives and ministries, and to this end we are offering access for those attending of up to six coaching sessions during the coming year, which is included in the conference price.

Our session headings are:

  1. Coaching and Christian leadership
  2. Leading by example
  3. Relating healthily
  4. Encouraging change
  5. Developing skills
  6. Living prayerfully
  7. Being resilient

Our time will begin at 4pm on the 25th April and finish after lunch on the Friday, giving time for your trip home.

Key Speaker: Bruce Murray


Bruce has worked in the education sector at most levels and is currently working in the universities in Birmingham as a study coach and specialist mentor, including working with students with disability and mental ill-health.

For 20 years he has also held senior leadership positions in charitable organisations.

Bruce has degrees in history, education and theology, and has received training in psychotherapy and counselling psychology (all from the University of London), and training in spiritual direction (from the Birmingham Forum of Spiritual Directors).

We are delighted that he is speaking at the 2018 Rural Ministries Leadership Conference.

2018 Conference rate and booking

Whilst we continue to financially support these events as part of our investment in you, we ask for a contribution towards costs of £75 per person. Should this causes you or your church any financial difficulty, then please contact us directly as we would hate you to miss out for the sake of a few pounds.

All bookings must be made through Eventbrite booking system - just click on the button below.

Payment can be by card or cheque - just click on the option when prompted.

Please contact us if you have any queries.

Cliff Conference Centre, Calver

About the venue

Cliff Conference Centre is situated in the grounds of Cliff College on the outskirts of the village of Calver in the Peak District National Park.

Set in beautiful Derbyshire countryside with easy road, rail and air links, the Centre is well equipped with modern quality facilities.

Getting there: If you are planning to arrive by train, the nearest mainline station is Chesterfield, which is approximate, a 2-hour journey from London Kings Cross. Lifts to and from the station will be coordinated for those arriving by train.

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