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 Paul Bendor-Samuel, leading a team of experienced faculty in the four tracks that make up IML.

Paul has lived and worked in a wide range of contexts. He spent his early childhood in Brazil and West Africa and trained as a medical doctor in the UK. Following two years of theological training, he, his wife and four sons then spent 12 years in Christian development and church planting ministry in North Africa. During this period, he was awarded an MBE. He led the work of the North African Partnership, a network of well over 100 mission agencies and churches working across North Africa alongside the tiny local church. 

In 2003 Paul was appointed International Director of Interserve, an interdenominational, global mission agency with around 1000 cross-cultural workers and staff focused on kingdom growth among the peoples of Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. For 10 of the 12 years Paul and his family were based in Malaysia. Paul led Interserve through two major change processes, the first focused on organisational development, the second on missiological realignment. 

Since 2016 he has led the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. Paul is passionate about seeing discipleship at the heart of personal life and mission, about exploring what it means for individuals and groups to participate in God’s mission today and about building healthy organisations and organisational spirituality. 

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 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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