FiL is an educational programme that recognises the importance of religious leadership in today's world. It is a training and development resource that works with all different faith communities.
FiL is a partnership of acknowledged thinkers, practitioners and other professionals from both secular and faith based backgrounds.
FiL provides a unique educational experience that develops the leadership qualities, aptitudes and skills of its participants. While FiL programmes are specifically intended for people of faith, the contents of much of its programme are suitable for the development of effective leadership everywhere.
FiL is a leadership programme. It is intended for people of all major faiths. Every effort will be made to create a space where the dietary, religious and reasonable cultural needs of all participants are respected. Above all, FiL will create a training environment where participants are able to discuss faith-based perspectives and concerns, should they wish to do so.
Because it's needed... and we're passionate about it!
Faith leaders can, and do, change the world in which they live for the better. People of faith and their leaders play a vital role in challenging behaviours, comforting and leading themselves and others in a constantly evolving world.
That's why it makes sense to 'talent spot' within faith communities, in a similar way to progressive organisations all over the world. FiL believes that it is in society's interest to identify and develop the leadership qualities of emerging faith-based leaders with a programme designed to develop their understanding of their own role, potential and interdependence.
FiL is for emerging leaders in their mid twenties and thirties from the different faith traditions in Britain.
Our funds come from the donations and grants from various individuals, organisations and foundations both within and outside of the major faiths.
FiL benefits from the input and inspiration of its patrons who represent the leadership of some of Britain's major faith communities.
Its programmes are specially prepared by Learn to Lead (L2L), an independent training organisation, that runs respected leadership and change-management programmes for well-known companies around the world along with a number of recognised leadership and mentoring programmes for young people in clubs, schools, colleges and universities.
During the residential aspect of the course, the FiL curriculum covers the following inter-related subject areas:
The programme is highly experiential with a focus on leadership 'from the inside out', i.e. enabling participants to discover what their tendencies are like in groups situations and in leadership roles.
Module 1 will be delivered by world-class consultants and other professionals within the fields of human relations, psychology, business and the arts.
Module 2 will run in partnership with leading youth workers and educational staff.
Module 3 will be delivered by authorities in the fields of leadership and management, faith based diplomacy and civic action, governance and community cohesion.
The provisional dates of this year's programme are as follows:
The venues will be at the following places:
Participants will be selected on the understanding that they are able to commit to attending at least Modules 1 and 3 of the programme.
Module 2 is optional.
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:
If your phase 1 application meets our criteria you will be notified and asked to attend an interview plus an informal discussion event at one of the following cities:
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As a result of fundraising efforts, we seek to ensure that no genuinely suitable candidate is deterred from participating in FiL because of a lack of funds. Therefore, full and partial bursaries are available upon request for places on the FiL programme.
All participants should know however that the estimated fee for a place on FiL is in excess of £3500 in commercial terms. Participants who are able to pay this fee are encouraged to do so.
FiL will pay for the accommodation and catering costs of all residential programmes whenever it has the funds to do so.
This will mean that as Module 1 is a residential programme, FiL will attempt to cover the costs of your accommodation including meals and board.
As Modules 2 and 3 are non-residential, FiL will not cover the costs of any overnight accommodation.
FiL does not cover transportation costs and participants will need to fund the costs of their travel to and from the different venues, which will be in Liverpool in Module 1, Sheffield in Module 2 (optional) and London in Module 3.
Because Module 2 (optional) will involve working with under-18 year olds, it is necessary for all those who will take part in this module to have completed a full police check first.
FiL will explain this requirement prior to the start of Module 2.
We define emerging leaders as young people of faith who have demonstrated a commitment to bringing about some kind of change in their communities or beyond. We are looking for people with a desire to serve as lay or clerical members of their faith communities as well as people who wish to play a part in improving the way society works as a result of their religious convictions.
FiL is a programme for committed people who intend to play a part in changing the way society works based on their religious convictions. In the case of some faith communities, this will be as lay or clerical personnel, ie as formal or informal religious figures. In other contexts this will be as friends, colleagues or as followers of a particular faith.