What is IML?

The IML Certificate offers a personal developmental journey in Christian Spirituality, Leadership and Organisational Development in the context of Mission.

It is run through 4 one-week UK-based residential modules over the course of a year. The number of participants is capped at 26 to maximise learning.

Its purpose is to

  • To nurture godly leaders in mission who have a developing understanding and ability to integrate God’s truth, wherever it is found, into their own spiritual formation, leadership and organisational development in the context of mission
  • To help participants to play an individual and collective role in influencing the way leadership and mission is practised and to support changes that will help transform structures to be responsive to God’s mission in changing political, economic, social, technical, cross-cultural and spiritual contexts.

Is IML for you?

  • Are you a senior leader, at least 40 years old,
  • Do you currently lead or on the senior leadership team of organisations and networks focused on some part of God’s mission.
  • Do you have a desire to grow in your leadership effectiveness?
  • Do you have endorsement from your current organisation?

Programme outline

Each of the four modules integrates the core themes of spiritual formation, leadership, organisational development and mission through a process of learning which involves:

  • Individual and small group work
  • Reflexive and experiential exercises
  • Spiritual formation exercises
  • Peer group coaching and support

Between modules it is expected that the cohort will engage on-line periodically to share experience and support learning.

Who leads the course?

The programme director is Dr Kirk Franklin, leading a team of experienced faculty in the four tracks that make up IML.

Kirk Franklin holds a PhD, MA and BA (Honours) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, all in the field of missiology; and a BA (Intercultural Studies) from Tabor College Victoria.
Kirk has authored the book ‘Towards Global Missional Leadership’ (published by Regnum) and has had many academic journal articles and book chapters published on themes about the intersection of globalisation and missional leadership.
For the past 40 years Kirk has held media-communications, management, executive leadership and governance roles in mission agencies associated with the Wycliffe Global Alliance.

Kirk was born and raised in Papua New Guinea, has US and Australian citizenship and lives with his wife Christine in Melbourne and are are long time active members of the Warrandyte Community Church, Victoria.

Eligibility requirements

  • Senior leaders, currently leading or on the senior leadership team, of organisations and networks focused on some part of God’s mission
  • At least 40 years old
  • Reasonable English proficiency
  • Can provide have organisational endorsement and commit to the whole programme.

Course dates and fees

Next available dates
Module 1 Sunday 4th – Friday 9th July 2021
Module 2 Sunday 29th August – Friday 3rd September 2021
Module 3 Sunday 14th – Friday 19th November 2021
Module 4 Sunday 23rd – Friday 28th January 2022

The is fee is £3,750 per participant, which includes tuition fees, accommodation costs, meals and course materials. This does not include travel costs. Some scholarships are available in case of need.


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