• Senior Faith in Leadership Programme

  • Introduction

    The Senior Faith in Leadership Programme (SFLP) aims to facilitate meaningful encounters between individuals serving faith communities in both lay and clerical capacities. The programme focuses on developing leadership, which is inter-disciplinary by nature, affecting people from all walks of life, and engaging with the diversity of human experience.


    The SFLP provides opportunities for inter-faith engagement, accessing the resources that each faith tradition provides for effective leadership. The programme explores the forms of coexistence and friendship that are possible between faith traditions, while maintaining their difference and diversity. The programme does not aim to create agreement on theology, politics or any other subject, nor does it aim to create a neutral middle ground. Instead, it aims to provide participants with leadership skills which can be effectively applied in our changing world, and to create an environment where individuals can disagree productively and intelligently.


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    Programme Objectives

    • To enable current and future leaders to explore their own faith and the faiths of others in order to create partnerships [that will make a difference] for the common good.
    • To produce an alumni community of reflective leaders who can make a real difference to our society.
    • To develop participants’ abilities to manage the multiple roles necessary for contemporary leadership.
    • To better enable participants to take on leadership and consultative roles, both formally and informally at work, at home, and in the community.
    • To help to develop participants’ self-awareness by encouraging them to understand their strengths and gifts as well as their weaknesses.
    • To support participants’ communication skills in public speaking, reflective listening, dealing with the media, and during disagreement and negotiation.
    • To encourage partnerships of difference between participants.
    • To serve current and future faith leaders by offering hospitality and respecting religious needs.

    Applicant Profile

    The Senior Faith Leadership Programme requires that applicants give:

    • Commitment to the entirety of the programme
    • Commitment to give feedback throughout and after the programme


    Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate:

    • A record of leadership within a faith context, whether as a lay leader or member of the clergy or in some other capacity
    • A desire to learn about leadership, and develop their own personal effectiveness in groups
    • A desire to deepen their experience and understanding of other faiths
    • A sustained commitment to their faith, including active involvement in a place of worship and/or interfaith work and/or social action in a faith context
    • A willingness to honestly deal with differences between the faiths and backgrounds of others
    • The ability to learn both as individuals and as part of a group
    • Good verbal and written communications skills in English
    • A commitment to develop personal aptitudes
    • A capacity to respect differences
    • The ability to see the connections between self-awareness, leadership development and community action


    It would also be desirable if applicants can demonstrate:

    • Good reasoning skills and the ability to inspire others through thought, word and deed
    • The ability to think laterally
    • The willingness to think beyond their own passions and empathise with others
    • A commitment to professionalism
    • The desire to be a more effective leader by increasing self-awareness
  • "During the SFLP, religious decision makers learn to lead in a way that enables them to connect and share with one another across faith boundaries: to work and reason together, to eat and talk together, to laugh together, to disagree and to share silence.
    You are likely to come away surprised at your own response to the course, thinking very differently about the way that you lead and about the deep resources that each faith has for serious engagement with itself, with others, and with the wider secular and religious context.”

    Krish Raval, Director, SFLP

  • Upcoming Programmes

    SFLP UK 2023

    FiL is inviting applications for the 2023 UK Senior Faith in Leadership now.

    Dates of Programme

    Module 1 : Mon 16th - Wed 18th January 20203

    Module 2 : Mon 27th - Wed 29th March 2023

    Module 3 : Tue 13th - Thur 15th June 2023




    A programme is planned for 2023 -2024 in NY

    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.

    SFLP India

    A programme is planned for 2024 running in Haridwar, Uttarkhand.

    Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, much of the course will be delivered online.


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

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