IF YOU WANT TO ROAR, FIRST YOU MUST
THINK LIKE A LION
The Lion's process for Christian pioneers and entrepreneurs, provides a place to dream and a time to prepare, connecting you to passionate Kingdom-minded people and helping you lay firm foundations for the challenges ahead.
For those who dare to apply, joining the Lions could be your opportunity to turn a good idea into a powerful reality. And change the world as we know it...
HAVE YOU GOT
WHAT IT TAKES?
The Lions is a two-phase programme. Giving you access to people and organisations who will challenge and inspire.
For those who are accepted you will begin phase one which will involve the development of your initial idea into a clear strategy.
After this you will enter the Lions' Lair. A full on, face to face experience, where you will deliver a presentation giving reasons why your idea is worth investment.
Should you be successful you will enter phase two, where with our support you will put your plans into action.
Every generation needs pioneers and innovative thinkers who are passionate about change. Maybe you're someone who dreams of one day pioneering a Church, starting a business or launching a new social enterprise. And until now haven't found the people or the environment in which to realise those dreams – if so, the Lions is for you!
Applications for 2018/19 are now open and we encourage you to complete an application form as soon as possible. No further applications will be taken once the course has been filled - so avoid disappointment and apply now.
The Lions initiative brings together significant people working at the top of their game. Individuals with many skills who understand the need to share their experience with people worth investing in.
Taken from every sphere of influence including business, Church, social, media, education and political arenas. The Lions are Christian men and women impacting society today, who are ready to pass on their expertise to others.
Once you have been accepted onto the course you will be invited to attend phase one 'the lion’s pride weekends away' where you will gain valuable insights into various organisations and hone your ideas into a working business plan.
One excellent thing that can be learned from a lion is that whatever you intend to do, should be done with faith fueled, whole-hearted and strenuous effort.
After your phase one training you will be given the chance to enter the Lion's Lair. On that day you will have an allotted time of 15 minutes to make your pitch under the scrutiny of the Lions questions. This is a great opportunity to shine and gain investment in your project.
Should you be successful you will enter phase 2.
To apply and find out more download the pack now.
IM Group &
Imagine The Day
Amongst other things Andy has spent the last 20 years with the IM Group in the role of group Managing Director. The IM Group is responsible for Subaru, Isuzu and Great Wall Motor brands across many European markets and has a portfolio of properties across the world managed by IM Properties. Andy has helped steer the company through economic difficulties, while at the same time preparing for the next phase of its growth.
Outside of this with his wife Alison, he has established a charity called 'Imagine the Day' and helped to pioneer Mosaic Church in Coventry. They have five children and one grandchild.
Big Sing / Big Sing Soul
Gemma is the co-founder and Managing Director of The BIG Sing, promoting community singing at its best. The BIG Sing uses uplifting gospel, soul and pop songs to unite communities with music and enjoy its therapeutic qualities. She has grown the business to attract over 1000 members every week in choirs across five different counties in the UK.
Previously a professional singer and Marketing Manager for The London Community Gospel Choir, Gemma has implemented very successful marketing strategies to pioneer premier UK Gospel.
Gemma has launched the charity ‘The BIG Sing SOUL’ to make The BIG Sing accessible to everyone including schools, disabled groups, care homes, hospitals and in prisons.
& Mosaic Church
Gary Spicer is the Executive Director for Grace Academy, Senior Leader of Mosaic Church, Coventry and part of the leadership team of the Ground Level Network. A charismatic Leader and communicator, his insights and wisdom make him a much sought after speaker both at home and abroad. Along with his wife Helen, they have pioneered a thriving church with a vision and format designed to expand into multiple locations and other cities.
With a passion to equip the next generation of pioneers, Gary is responsible for overseeing and directing 450 staff and 3500 students and accountable for the Ethos, Community and Business across three Academies within the West Midlands.
Gary and Helen have three children and two grandchildren.
Big Church Day Out
Tim Jupp currently heads up the team that runs the UK's fastest growing Christian festival, the Big Church Day Out. Before this, Tim spent 17 years as the keyboard player with the band Delirious?, managing the band for its last four years, and established and became Managing Director of Furious Records.
Tim is married and lives in Sussex with his wife Becca, who is the senior leader of their local Church. Arun Community Church, They have four teenage children.
Stuart Bell is the Senior Leader of Alive Church, a growing church of 1000+ people. He is actively involved in a number of national leadership forums and often works in both America and South Africa.
Stuart is Leader of the Ground Level Network, a network of over 100 churches. He also works with a growing group of international Leaders known as Partners for Influence. The group is strongly missional and are working across different streams and denominations bringing kingdom perspectives and values. They desire to see strong, effective, healthy churches partnering together for greater influence.
He is an international speaker and teacher and has written four books.
Married to Irene, Stuart has three children and three grandsons.
House of Lords
& Christian Vision
Lord Edmiston is an entrepreneur in the classic mould. With a £6,000 redundancy cheque from the failed Jensen Motor Company, he began an amazing journey of business and faith. Establishing the IM Group in 1976, he took the company from its humble beginnings to a multi-million, multinational organisation with interests in the automotive, property and finance sectors. Handing over day-to-day control of the company has allowed him, along with his wife Tracie, to concentrate their efforts on the work of Christian Vision and his work in the House of Lords.
Christian Vision is a charitable organisation that works through traditional and new social media, as well as other mission projects and aims to ‘touch a billion’ lives with the Gospel message by impacting specific nations.
Lord and Lady Edmiston also sponsor three city academies in Coventry, Darlaston and Solihull which are state schools with a Christian ethos.
Andy Hawthorne OBE
The Message Trust
Andy Hawthorne OBE is a British evangelist, author and leader of The Message Trust, a Christian mission organisation based in Manchester, England. He is also an in-demand speaker at events in the UK and increasingly around the world.
Beginning with concerts and outreach to schools, The Message Trust's work has expanded into tough urban communities, prisons, the training and employment sectors and now impacts over 100,000 young people each year.
Andy's tireless commitment to young people and community transformation was honoured as part of the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2011when he was awarded an OBE for services to young people.
Andy is married to Michele, and they have two children, Sam and Beth.
Lady Edmiston co-founded Christian Vision in 1988 and helps determine the overall strategy and direction of the charity.
Tracie is passionate about people and loves to inspire others to share Jesus to a lost world. Bob & Tracie see the opportunity the online space offers for Christians to share the Gospel and are ambassadors of YesHeIs.com, CV’s latest tool for use by Christians and churches.
Bob and Tracie’s life is varied – involving politics, business, ministry, schools, family, travel and can become complicated. Tracie uses her organisational skills to keep life running as smoothly, and stress free, as possible!
Matt Summerfield balances his time between being the Chief Executive of Urban Saints and the Senior Pastor of Hitchin Christian Centre. Life is never dull!
His background is in IT and telecommunications and he worked for Tmobile for nearly ten years where he cut his teeth in leadership, change management and team development before moving to Urban Saints in May 2000.
He’s passionate about releasing potential in people and organisations, with a particular bias towards seeing children and young people live God’s great adventure for their lives having been involved in youth work for over 25 years. He is the founder of the lifelive123.org – a new movement of people committed to intentional, accountable disciple-making relationships.
Darren's history is full of violence, destruction and addiction. Eventually he ended up in prison for stabbing someone in a town centre sports shop and was sent to prison.
At 28 desperate to break this cycle he ended up in church and gave his life to Jesus. With a degree in Sports Development and a passion for supporting people in the same cycle of addiction and violence he provided gym memberships and personal development programmes.
Be Strong now has 3 houses and a 2 bed apartment to support 11 male and female homeless ex offenders and addicts. In addition Be Strong provides gym membership and provides practical employablity skills.
Darren is married, has 5 children and 1 grandchild.
& Romance Academy
Rachel is the President of the Girl’s Brigade and founder of the Romance Academy, a national youth charity that supports youth leaders, parents and teachers in talking with young people about healthy relationships and sexual health.
Bestselling author of a number of books for teens and young adults, Rachel is a keen campaigner on youth related issues and is on the board of the ‘Cinnamon Network’ and the Christian Fostering and Adoption Charity ‘Home For Good’.
Rachel lives in North London with her vicar-in-training husband, Jason, and daughter.
What are our delegates saying...
"The Lions process surpassed my expectations, sharpened my vision and continues to help me dream dreams that are way bigger than me. It has also added to my whole life, a depth of maturity, a level of confidence and a wealth of knowledge that are simply not quantifiable. I'm forever grateful to be one of the #PrideOf2015"
"I had been asking myself, what success at the lions looks like, and what I was hoping to get out of it; then it just dawned on me that I HAVE had a success for being part of the Lions, I have grown in faith, I have learned how to spot opportunity and listen to God, and now I find myself finally with a clear direction, a clear pathway, a clear vision...
The Lions process has been FANTASTIC for me, and I cannot truly express how happy and settled I find myself because of it"
1st Year delegate 2014/2015
The Lions process really helped me to be amongst like-minded ‘Kingdom crazy’ people who had similar ideas that the world would see as ‘off the wall’. As a result nothing was off the table and all we ever received was encouragement and support from the Lions and other candidates to hone, perfect and cultivate our ideas.
Some advice I would offer to prospective candidates……only come on this course if you are prepared to be changed and challenged, to really learn about yourself and what drives you and others! I would suggest its not for the feint hearted, the shrinking violets or the double-minded – it’s for those people who want to see the Kingdom grow and hunger for a way to bring into reality the dreams God has given them.
Darren (Christian Business Advice)
Through the Lion's....
I've learnt so much, it's hard to put into words
The knowledge I've grown, the truths I've heard
I guess above all else I can say,
I know more than ever, the role I should play
I've learnt that my dreams are not just a joke
That they're given from God, to bring others hope
I've learnt in my know-er, to trust what it is
Cos it probably means it's not my thought, it's His.
I've learnt that He calls us to use our gifts
As part of His plans to give and heal rifts
As a person, as me, I've learnt more to be
To grow what He shows and know it's His own
To trust with my all and keep standing tall
And even to share, despite being scared!
Through the Lion's, I have, without doubt learnt so much
More what's inside me, dreams left untouched
Through the Lion's - who certainly know how to roar
I've learnt my roar, just that Little bit more!
Sarah (Norwich YFC - Tracks)
"The Lions Experience is a great time to explore ideas and dreams. It pushes you to think exactly what direction you are going in and what the outcome could be like.
All of the people involved with the Lions are there to help you succeed and give a lot to help you to get there.
The teaching is amazing and really helps you to look at your project from a perspective that you wouldn't have already looked from.
I found that the other delegates really helped make the whole experience even better and have made loads of new amazing friends.
If you have an idea to change the world, take it to the Lions and they will refine it (and you) so that whatever it is you do, you do it dynamically and to its full potential.'
1st year delegate 2015/2016
"The Lions program taught me to focus on who I was becoming more than what I was achieving. I feel more liberated to be myself, because I understand myself better, I am more aware of how to communicate effectively with those around me and place a higher value on relationships (they are not a "nice" part of my life but an intrinsic aspect of kingdom living).
"No one achieves anything of significance in isolation"
As a result of this concept I focus on managing my energy not my time now, so that I can be productive when I need to be and have energy left to enjoy building relationships that add meaning to my life.
It was liberating to meet other people crazy enough to believe they will have an impact on their generation.
The course made me question lots of things I thought were certainties which I think has expanded my empathy for others and myself. I think I will respond to the challenges of life with a more open mind.
It redefined what courage meant and looked like.
Getting the Lions funding took away my excuse of lack of resources. It enabled me to turn my 'plans' into a reality, this caused me to expand my capability and stop learning and start doing.
It was a great privilege to be around such successful people, who saw potential in me and invested their time into helping me to pursue my purpose in life. God reminds me of these people when I'm feeling like this is too much for one person and that is a great comfort.
Every weekend held something new and I was always challenged by the content.
It's not for ordinary people, they don't fit in. It's for people who are restless to solve problems and make an impact for the kingdom.
Naomi (Visions of Hope)
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