A two-year training course for leaders, developing your leadership skills, theology, doctrine, and character. Wherever you’re called to lead – in your church, your workplace or your community – Leadership & Theology Training is designed to help you develop your gift to become the leader you were called to be. Led by the phenomenal Andrew Wilson, a team of national-level speakers and with onsite hosts Andy and Janet Johnston, this course is a critical foundation for every new and existing Catalyst leader!


The Leadership & Theology Training programme is made up of three key components:



Forty days of theological and leadership training, including: a comprehensive biblical theology programme, teaching modules in systematics and church history, and training in Ephesians 4 leadership: vision-casting and team-building, preaching skills, pastoring people, cross-cultural evangelism, prophesying and hearing from God, and so on. This is followed up by written assignments.



Interactive sessions and open forums to discuss leadership issues with experienced leaders in Catalyst and elsewhere in Newfrontiers.



To discuss the issues raised in the sessions and help develop your skills as a leader. Guidelines and questions for how this works can be found here.


We are privileged to have a phenomenal selection of leaders providing the teaching on the Leadership Training programme. Below are the main contributors:

Andrew Wilson

Andrew is the course director, and teaches a number of the theological modules. He has taught on Newfrontiers courses for over ten years, and has recently completed a PhD in New Testament Studies at King’s College London. Andrew is on the leadership team at Kings Church London, and has written several books.

Simon Holley

Simon leads the Catalyst Team, is the lead elder of the King’s Arms Church in Bedford, and teaches a number of the leadership modules on the course. A popular conference speaker and the author of Sustainable Power, Simon has seen his church grow in size, community impact and evangelistic effectiveness as they have pursued more of the power of God.

Andy Johnston

Andy oversees training for Catalyst and is responsible for overseeing the accreditation via Moorlands Bible College. Andy also teaches several of the historical modules and has responsibility for hosting, leading discussion and for pastoral support of students. He is an elder at King’s Community Church, Southampton, and holds a PhD in Church History from the University of Southampton. He is also the author of several books and academic articles on the Reformation.

Janet Johnston

Janet is responsible for hosting, leading discussions and for pastoral support of students and is based with her husband Andy at King’s Community Church, Southampton.

Judith Barnett

Judith is the course administrator, and is based at Kings Church in Eastbourne. She has co-ordinated both Leadership Training and Impact Training for over a decade, and is responsible for the logistical and administrative aspects of the course.


Our theology training takes a narrative approach. In twelve days of biblical theology we go through the story of the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, tracing the key themes of God, Gospel, People and Mission through the Scriptures. We then have eight days of historical theology, in which we study Christian doctrine through the story of the Church, from patristic Christianity, through the medieval period and the Reformation, to the present day.


Our leadership training is structured around the five types of leadership gift we find in Ephesians 4:11. Apostolic leadership involves leading with faith, vision and skill, both in leading and in managing. In four days on prophetic leadership we cover prayer, spiritual warfare, prophecy, and the pursuit of a supernatural culture. Evangelistic leadership features two days on evangelism in a UK context, and two days with a more cross-cultural emphasis. In pastoral leadership we look at character, ethics, discipleship and pastoral skills, and finally in teaching leadership we consider how to preach and teach, how to handle theological debate, and Paul’s leadership instructions to Timothy and Titus.


You can get the detailed syllabus for 2019-20 here.

Key information


The course runs over two years and takes place in ten two-day blocks per year on Fridays and Saturdays. The dates for the upcoming year are as follows:



2019: 20th-21st Sept, 18th-19th Oct, 8th-9th Nov, 6th-7th Dec

2020: 17th-18th Jan, 14th-15th Feb, 13th-14th Mar
24th-25th Apr, 15th-16th May, 12th-13th Jun



Training is hosted at New Life Church, The Ridgeway Centre, Featherstone Road, Wolverton Mill South, Milton Keynes, MK12 5TH.



The course costs £1000 per year for students wishing to take the diploma option.

The courses costs £850 per year for students who do not wish to take the diploma option.

Payable by cheque or bank transfer (details available on request). Cheques can be made payable to Catalyst Network of Churches, and sent to Judith Barnett, Kings Centre, 27 Edison Road, Eastbourne, BN23 6PT.



Overnight accommodation in Milton Keynes may be available for a few students who apply (£20/night) but the costs of staying overnight in a “Travelodge” should also be considered.



To apply for the Leadership & Theology Training programme, download and complete the application form.

If you’re interested in finding out more about 2018-19 course, please email: leadershiptraining@catalystnetwork.org



If you have any questions or you’d like some more information we’d love to hear from you. Email leadershiptraining@catalystnetwork.org or phone Kings Church Eastbourne on 01323 521125.



Application Form

Mentoring Guidelines and Questions (PDF)