On Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September, 19 leaders from 10 member institutions completed a two-day course on the Craft of Community Leadership hosted by MK Quaker Centre.
The aim was to prepare a group of diverse leaders to develop skills and knowledge to use in community organising, especially to co-ordinate listening campaigns within their own institutions and report the issues back to Leaders Forum on 22nd November.
“It gave me a self-critical tool to see my strengths and weaknesses as a leader,” said Fr Bernard Barrett of St. Francis de Sales & St. Mary Magdalene’s Catholic Church. “It gave me a clear pathway for both finding and forming people as leaders in my community for mission and community development.”
“The Two-Day Training has given me more understanding about what being a leader means,” said Elizabeth Kasibo of Global Outreach Foundation, “and also opened my eyes to the other passions and needs that are being focused on within MK.”
“I felt well supported throughout the course,” said Chloe Markevics of MK YMCA.
“The course has helped me to be determined to actually reach my goals,” said Kate Abrahams of Church of Christ the Cornerstone. “I feel that what I thought would not be possible now might very well be possible.”
The training included a new Annual Hearing of short testimonies of current issues of social concern in MK, such as homelessness, hate crime and the impact of ‘Brexit’ on MK employees from Europe.
It is expected that both the Two-Day Training and the Annual Hearing will be expanded next year.