The core FiL programme consists of three modules:
Module 1 consists of a three-day residential programme. The residential programme explores participants' behaviours in groups, their leadership styles, and the concept of coaching as a way of dealing with problems.
The method FiL uses is a combination of experience, study, application and reflection. Experience comes through participation with others around a series of tasks. Study is ongoing throughout the programme. In all sessions, as theory and practice are integrated, perspective is gained. What is learned is then applied to participants' organisations, faith communities, areas of interest, and of course, themselves.
Module 2 offers participants the opportunity to consolidate their learning by way of a practical application of leadership. Participants are trained in essential elements of youth work and then invited to use their coaching skills to lead activities for teenagers in an inner city school or college for up to two days.
By progressing to practical leadership and coaching roles, participants have the opportunity to work together and make a difference to a potentially resistant group.
In the final part of the programme, participants are brought together in order to reflect jointly on their experiences with national policy makers in the fields of faith, community cohesion and governance. Following FiL, participants are encouraged to form joint projects and initiatives of their own.