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!
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 the Mosaic Church in Coventry. They have five children together.
Johnny is an evangelist, author, TV and radio presenter with an incredible story. As founder of twistoffaith.org, Johnny created an innovative outreach programme that uses the High Street coffee shop to air ‘live entertainment with ‘a twist of faith’. Hosted by groups of Christians from various localities, twistoffaith.org has reached thousands of people across the world, with new venues opening every month.
Johnny is married to Anneka and has two children.
& 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.
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.
& Hillsong London
Jeffrey Lestz grew up in Chicago Illinois USA in a Jewish family. He was orphaned at age 7 and spent time in orphanages and foster homes. Troubled and alone his life dramatically turned around when at 15 he met Jesus as his Messiah. Jeff had a couple of mentors that took him under their wings and began to uncover truths from ancient Jewish wisdom of how to tap into God’s covenantal promises of blessings. By age 31 he had become a millionaire using these Godly and also practical principles. Jeff has built successful businesses in the USA and UK and is the Co-CEO of Genistar Ltd. - A London based financial education and financial services firm. Their mission is to help families become debt free and financially independent. Jeff serves on the board of Directors for London Hillsong which is also his local church.
What people are saying...
PRIDE OF 2014
‘I have always been inspired by Orville and Wilbur Wright. Although many arguments can be made regarding the original creators that inspired modern aviation, I love seeing pictures of how they kept trying, through many different models and taking many different risks until they got it right.
Being part of the Lions and being part of a group of like minded people with evident parallels to Orville and Wilbur, I feel I can greatly benefit from them personally and grow spiritually as well as professionally’.
"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"
Kas (Lions Candidate)
past and present
Lion's Pride Dates:
8-9 October 2016
26-27 November 2016
28-29 January 2017
25-26 March 2017
6-7 May 2017
24-25 June 2017
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