New Ground Academy

The New Ground Academy is a training community for church leaders and church shapers - mainly, but not exclusively, connected to the New Ground family of churches. King’s Church has been one of the seven locations across Europe hosting Academy as we look to develop more leaders in Scotland.

Here's a taste of what Academy in Edinburgh is like:

What is this about?

Academy was established to train church leaders and shapers to play their part in fulfilling some of God's great promises:

  • “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).
  • “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
  • “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9).

We know that God uses ordinary men and women to do extraordinary things for him by the power of His Word and His Spirit. We encourage you to enrol in the New Ground Academy to help you develop you into the leader God has called you to be. We have worked hard to produce a training package that produces leaders who are equipped to lead well in every aspect of church life, through practical theology teaching, peer interaction, and on-the-job coaching.

Who is this for?

Academy is a training course for men and women called by God to have significant influence in his church through leadership.

The minimum entry requirement is that you are a member and committed attender of your local church. We would expect most people attending Academy to be serving in some sort of leadership capacity already and may give preference to those who are if we have more applicants than available places.

We warmly welcome leaders from other churches to consider attending.

What's the plan?

The main element of Academy is nine weekends of teaching and discussion per year for two years.

As an Academy Satellite Base, we will be watching recordings of the teaching materials presented by Phil Moore, Andrew Wilson, Terry Virgo, and other excellent leaders, and then hosting our own conversations about what has been taught and how this applies to us and our leadership situations.

Here are the dates and topics for Academy in Edinburgh, starting in September 2018:

7th & 8th September 2018

  • Leading By The Book: Bible overview and hermeneutics
  • Spiritual Leadership: Practical teaching from a veteran leader

5th & 6th October 2018

  • What You Need to Know About the Story So Far: Church history 30AD-1500AD
  • A Full Belt of Weapons: Prophecy, words of knowledge, and hearing God

14th & 15th December 2018

  • The Kind of Worship God Is Looking For: Practical teaching based on Psalms

11th & 12th January 2019, at Everyday Church Wimbledon

  • Creating Real Followers of Jesus: Practical teaching based on Matthew

1st & 2nd February 2019

  • How to Sift Theological Debate
  • What You Need to Know About the Story So Far: Church History 1500-2000AD

8th & 9th March 2019

  • Fighting to Build a Charismatic Church: Practical teaching from a veteran leader
  • A Full Belt of Weapons: How to heal the sick

5th & 6th April 2019

  • The Kind of Leader God is Looking For: Practical teaching based on 1&2 Samuel

10th & 11th May 2019

  • Know the Gospel, Preach the Gospel: Practical teaching based on Romans

7th & 8th June 2019

  • Changing Ordinary Lives: Practical teaching about the gospel in action
  • Remember the Poor: Orienting your church towards the world’s need

An Edinburgh weekend will look like this:

  • Friday, 1.45pm - 8.30pm: four teaching blocks with interactive discussions following, with an evening meal provided.
  • Saturday, 9.15am - 4pm: four teaching blocks with interactive discussions.

In the spring of 2019 we will join together with the other New Ground Academy bases for a special training event at Everyday Church Wimbledon.

Full notes will be provided for each teaching session, there is no preparatory reading and no mandatory assignments.

What’s being taught?

You can download the full curriculum here.

We aim to get the balance right to train you to become a fully equipped leader within the church. We devote roughly half of our training course to helping students to know, handle, apply and experience the Bible as the Word of God. Around a quarter of the course is given to helping students partner with the Holy Spirit on mission, both inside and outside the church. And the remaining quarter of the course is devoted to helping students to grow in the general leadership skills that they need to lead, shape and grow churches.

What's the cost?

There are two major costs: money and time. There's no short cut to this: great church leaders and church shapers become great because they invest in their potential and put themselves in a place where God can speak to them and teach them.

Tuition fees:

  • For an individual: £250 per year if you pay in one instalment
  • If paying in two instalments: £130 in September and February, each year.
  • For a married couple: £400 per year if you pay in one instalment
  • If paying in two instalments: £210 in September and February, each year.

The fees cover the administration of the course and dinner on the Friday nights in Edinburgh. They do not cover travel and accommodation for the London event.

There are nine two-day sessions per year: Fridays afternoon and evening, Saturdays morning and afternoon. By signing up for Academy you are committing to attend, so you may need to discuss this with your family, employer, and those who have given you leadership responsibilities.

What do I need to do?

Applications for 2018-19 have now closed but we intend to invite more applications for 2019-20 in the summer of 2019.

Contact Luke Davydaitis, who is leading our Academy base, with any questions you have about the course and application process.

If you’re a member of King’s Church, please chat with your small group leader about making an application. Having done that, please download this form, fill it in, and send it to Janet Marriott. We will be in contact with your small group leader to discuss your application.

If you're a member of another church, please chat with one of your leaders, complete the application form and send it to Janet Marriott. We will be in contact with the church leader you specify on the application form to discuss your application.

If your application is successful, you will need to make your first payment before the first session in September. You should also make arrangements for any leave from work you may need to take, as well as making plans for travelling to and staying in London for the joint training event.