• Emerging Faith Leaders Programme

    Emerging Faith Leaders Programme

  • Introduction

    Faith in Leadership identifies emerging leaders within different religious communities and offers them opportunities to complement their spiritual growth with effective leadership skills. The Emerging Faith Leaders Programme (EFLP) introduces this new generation of faith leaders to the attitudes and qualities of leadership, using methods usually only available to high office holders from the private and public sectors. By bringing together the faith leaders of the future the ​EFLP enables them to learn and grow, side-by-side and encourages a new generation of faith leaders to recognise the best in themselves and one another to inspire understanding and cooperation.

    Programme Objectives


    Enables you to develop a shared language of leadership

    Enables you to understand that leadership is about the relationship between the leader and the led

    Equips you with seminal insights into the dynamics that affect groups, changing organisations and people, the coaching relationship, the personal dimension of conflict transformation, national and international policies affecting community cohesiveness, and the role of faith in an increasingly globalised world

    Equips you with practical ways of making changes at home, within the community and the world, beginning with yourself

    Provides you with training and a fellowship across all communities that will support you in initiatives to effectively tackle extremism and bigotry within your own community and beyond

    Brings you to the attention of policy-makers who deal with issues of community cohesion

    Provides you with a resource for on-going, excellent leadership training as part of an alumni programme


    Following FiL, you can expect to:

    • Develop your abilities to manage yourself in the multiple roles necessary for contemporary leadership
    • Use your emotional literacy to inform your actions
    • Understand and overcome resistance to change in yourself and others
    • Take up leadership, consultative and coaching roles, formally and informally, in relation to challenges at work, at home and in the community
    • Develop an understanding of some the needs of people of other faiths
    • Develop an understanding of some of the needs of a younger generation
    • Better understand some of the current issues facing community and faith cohesion in Britain and beyond

    We encourage employers to see the FiL programme as a necessary and fundamental part of their employees' development. The experiences that participants will undergo during the programme will enhance their capabilities as professionals and add weight to their curricula vitae.

    Applicant Profile

    FiL is for people who:

    • Are broadly between 25 and 35 years of age
    • Have a record of proven leadership within your faith community
    • Want to learn more about leadership and develop your own capacity as a leader
    • Would enjoy being on a developmental programme that involves group exercises, personal examination, reflection and fun
    • Would enjoy learning from and with people of other faiths
    • Want to experience what it is like to ‘pass on’ leadership skills to a younger generation
    EFLP selects individuals from a range of faiths, careers and backgrounds and helps them develop the skills they need to become effective, thoughtful and outward-looking leaders.
  • EFLP Programme Contents

    As a participant on FiL you will:

    • Engage in group exercises that allow you to explore the deeper determinants of individual, interpersonal and group behaviour
    • Engage in team-building exercises to learn how you and your team perform under pressure and how you can be more effective in team situations
    • Openly explore behavioural factors that usually operate as invisible and unconscious determinants within groups
    • Step out of your comfort zones in order learn about your own tendencies in leadership and group situations
    • Receive structured study group feedback on your strengths and weaknesses and how you can build on your leadership style
    • Have the opportunity to observe and receive team feedback on your behaviour in groups after it has been recorded on film
    • Reflect in groups about what effective leadership is and its impact on organisations and society
    • Receive 'mini-lectures' by world-class experts on 'leadership', 'group dynamics' and 'coaching'
    • Engage in coaching workshops – as coach and/or client
    • Be offered the chance to start each day with a time of shared silence
    • Lead by example in situations involving young people as a way of practically applying your leadership, group-work and coaching skills
    • Listen to the ideas, personal stories and experiences of change-agents, thinkers and campaigners from different faith communities and beyond
    • Formally and informally engage with national and international policy-makers, decision-makers and leaders from a range of secular and faith based backgrounds on issues of faith, community cohesion and beyond
    • Formally and informally interact with people whose faiths, opinions, experiences and backgrounds are different from your own
    • Have the opportunity to chair meetings during the programme and represent FiL at speaking events, formal meals and meetings

    Apply to EFLP 2017

    Given the degree of investment in terms of time and energy involved, we need to ensure that the right people attend FiL programmes. Accordingly, there are three phases to FiL's application process:

      Phase 1

    Complete the online application form. The deadline for the 2017 programme is.


    Phases 2  If your phase 1 application meets our criteria you will be notified and asked to attend an interview plus an informal discussion event in London.
    Phase 3

    Often run proceeding Phase 2 interviews, applicants take pat in an observed group task. Applicants will be notified of the nature of the group assessment prior to your arrival.


    Maintaining diversity inevitably means that some very able applicants will not be accepted. FIL endeavours to ensure that applicants who are not offered a place on FiL’s 2009 programme understand that their non-acceptance is neither a personal rejection nor a reflection on the calibre of the candidate.

  • Upcoming Programmes

    EFLP UK 2018

    Applications for the 2018 UK Emerging Faith Leaders Programme are now open.

    Dates of Programme

    Module 1 : TBC 2018

    Module 2 : TBC March 2018

    Module 3 : TBC June 2018


    The deadline for applications is 15th December 2017


    A programme is planned for 2018 running in Los Angeles, California

    Dates of Programme are still to be confirmed


    Please click below to register your interest and we will contact you once the details of the programme are confirmed.

    EFLP India

    A programme is planned for 2018 running in Haridwar, Uttarkhand

    Dates of Programme are still to be confirmed


    Please click below to register your interest and we will contact you once the details of the programme are confirmed.