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 Mee Yan Cheung-Judge, leading a team of experienced faculty in the four tracks that make up IML.

Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge is a recognised global leader, known as a ‘scholar-educator-practitioner’ in Organisational Development, working with
multinational corporations and governments, as well as serving many mission agencies pro-bono.
She has worked directly with a number of organisations across various sectors, industry and global regions to deliver powerful transformational change.

She has been the lead consultant to a state-owned multimedia organisation in the United Arab Emirates, senior international consultant working at the prime minister’s office of Singapore (2012 to 2016), and consultant with the BBC to effect change across a group of 17,000 people.

Mee-Yan continues to teach extensively as a senior visiting fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College and the Roffey Park Management Institute, where she was vital in starting the OD certificate programme. She is a guest faculty member on the Gestalt Certificate Programme in the UK and on the faculty of the Duke University executive programme. She is a professional member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science, where she was founding dean of the NTL OD programme in Europe, a trustee on the board of the ODN in the US and founder of the OD Network in Europe, to which she remains special advisor.

She has written a number of articles, books, and reports on organisational development and has been on the editorial board of The Journal of OD Practitioners since 2014. Her book with Linda Holbeche, Organisation Development, has become a standard textbook for OD training.

HR magazine voted Mee-Yan the Most Influential Thinkers in 2008, 2013-2016. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of OD globally from the US OD Network in October 2013, and in August 2016, she was presented with the Richard Beckhard Award for Contribution to the Field of OD by IODA, the International Organization Development Association.

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 1a On-line: Monday 6th – Friday 10th Sept 2021
Module 1b On-line: Monday 15th -Friday 19th November 2021
Module 2 Residential UK: Sunday 6th – Friday 11th February 2022 (our aim is for a residential module if possible)
Module 3 Residential UK: Sunday 3rd – Friday 8th April 2022
Module 4 Residential UK: Sunday 3rd – Friday 8th July 2022

The 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.

Applications for Cohort II are now closed, and we now welcome applications for Cohort III starting late 2022 or early 2023.  Watch this space for specific dates.


  • If it is right for you, fill out the enquiry form.
  • Submit it here