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Handling Power in Leadership: Workshop, Bloomsbury

January 25, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

| Free

A workshop training day for people in Church leadership

Blindness to power

The beatitudes picture the kingdom of God as a realm where normal human assumptions are turned upside down. Those who seem powerless are promised blessing. God invites us to stop seeing ourselves as victims, and rejoice in the power of the Spirit.

And yet churches, as much as any other part of society, get caught up in power struggles. Leaders can feel oppressed by dominant families, in-groups or individuals. Equally, ordinary members can be driven to despair by domineering leaders.

It all gives power a bad name — an unseemly thing for Christians even to talk about.

But what if we see power as something that is simply a fact of life? What if no one is powerless, and everyone can choose how to use what power they have – for good or for evil? This way of understanding power brings both liberty and responsibility. Especially for leaders, it means seeing power as a gift and using it wisely.

Want to be better equipped?

This workshop offers theological principles and also frameworks for good practice. It is designed for people who are part of a church’s leadership group (e.g. a staff team, ministry team, eldership, diaconate, church council), especially those with pastoral responsibility. As with all Bridge Builders’ training, the aim is to encourage and equip.


Running from 9.30 to 4.30, the programme includes worship, presentations, group work and personal reflection.

  • Extend your ideas about what power is, and the ways in which it can be exercised
  • Review what Jesus taught and modelled about power struggles
  • Understand why people caught up in conflict feel powerless
  • Recognise more fully the power that you personally have, and what you can choose to do with it


Sandra Cobbin is an independent trainer and consultant. She works with business and church leaders on management and leadership skills.


Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church is situated at the edge of Covent Garden, close to the junction of New Oxford Street and Shaftesbury Avenue. The nearest underground stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Covent Garden. The nearest car parking is on Bloomsbury Square, Museum Street and Great Russell Street. There are meters on the surrounding streets.


£75 per person
£60 concessions – students, unwaged, retired
£60 group bookings – 4 or more places

Payable in full at the time of booking. Includes training materials, refreshments and a simple buffet lunch.


Please add your ticket to the cart below. Use the group booking ticket when booking 4 or more places. Cancellations before 15 January 2018 will receive a 50% refund. Thereafter no refund will be provided. Please see our terms and conditions.

If no more places are available and you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact the office on 07500 515 626 or email bb@bbministries.org.uk.

Please note: If a third party (eg. Diocese) is paying for your ticket, please book using your own name and contact details. Select direct bank transfer as the payment option and you will receive an order confirmation containing bank details. You can either pay directly, or forward the order confirmation to the third party for payment.

If you have previously attended a Bridge Builders course and experience any difficulty logging into our website, please contact the office on 07500 515 626.


January 25, 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sandra Cobbin


Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
235 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8EP United Kingdom
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