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Handling Power in Leadership: Workshop, Birmingham

April 5, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 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

Click on the following link to download full information about the day: Handling Power in Leadership – Birmingham April 2017


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


The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Somerset Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2QH. Queen’s is easiest to get to by rail. The venue is 5 minutes’ walk from the University Railway Station which is just 5 minutes on a local line from Birmingham New Street. An easy walk through the leafy suburbs of Edgbaston. There is no car-parking on site, some in nearby streets. www.queens.ac.uk


The cost of the workshop is £65 per person, payable in full at the time of booking. This includes training materials, refreshments and a simple buffet lunch.


Please add your ticket to the cart below. Cancellations before 26 March 2017 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 020 8883 3033 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.

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April 5, 2017
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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The Queen’s Foundation
Somerset Road
Birmingham, B15 2QH United Kingdom
(0)121 4541527
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Sandra Cobbin


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