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Lead Academy

CPAS is pleased to offer two transformational 18-month programmes for church leadership teams, beginning in autumn 2012.

Helping local churches overcome barriers to growth is what CPAS is all about. We've teamed up with Lead Academy to deliver two new learning communities to address two of the biggest issues affecting Church of England parishes today.

Lead Academy video

Nick Cuthbert, a CPAS associate and partner in Lead Academy, explains the thinking behind two learning communities launching in autumn 2012.

To register your interest in either of these learning communities, please email general director John Dunnett.

Breaking the 200 'barrier'

Studies on church growth have shown that many churches struggle to break through a 'barrier' of growing beyond a usual Sunday attendance of 200. Through this learning community, leadership teams will have the chance to explore this in depth and move forward into growth.

Mission in a multi-church benefice

As the number of stipendiary posts is reduced and parishes are grouped or combined, multi-church benefices and the unique challenges and opportunities they present are becoming more and more common. By facilitating leadership teams to address this alongside others in similar situations, we aim to equip and inspire leaders as they seek to fulfil God's purposes in their particular context.

What is a Lead Academy learning community?

Learning communities employ a distinctive and creative approach to equipping leaders and enabling churches to fulfil their vision. Unlike most speaker-led leadership events, a learning community approach recognises that 60-70% of the information needed is already present within the room and that through good facilitation, members can hugely benefit from each other's experiences, knowledge and passion.

These two learning communities are likely to be quite distinct from one another as they address very different issues, but they will both include innovative team work, in depth reflection with other leaders and specialised input from members of the Lead Academy faculty, which includes CPAS associate Canon Nick Cuthbert, and CPAS leadership principal James Lawrence.

Who are these learning communities for?

Lead Academy learning communities are designed for groups of leaders from the same church. A principal leader comes with two or three others, staff or lay, who are able to help facilitate the implementation of their church's vision strategy.

How does it work?

Your team of leaders will join other teams from about six other localities and 'journey' over an 18-month period which includes:

  • Four two-day events for the whole team at approx six month intervals.
  • Two 24 hour retreats for the main team leader only.
  • Services of facilitators, input from faculty members, helpful notes and resources to take away and support between meetings.
  • Access to a designated community members' website.
  • Advice and support from Lead Academy staff and facilitators between meetings.
  • Optional consultancy services.

How can I find out more?

If you are interested in being part of one of these two communities, please register your interest by emailing general director John Dunnett.

More general information about Lead Academy is available at, and you can get a flavour of what learning communities are all about by watchingthe introductory video.


The exact location of the 48-hour residential events is still to be confirmed, but is likely to be in the Oxfordshire area.


The total cost for taking part in an 18-month learning community is £250 per person per year (£500 pp in total).

'Let us think of ways to motivate ... and encourage one another' (Hebrews 10:24-5)

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