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. The New Ground Academy is based in London, UK, but since September 2015 there has been a satellite training base in The Hague hosted by Redeemer International Church. Satellites have also been launched in Edinburgh, Paris, Guernsey and even in Zimbabwe.
What is this about?
At the New Ground Academy, we believe that Jesus wasn’t joking when he told his followers to: “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). We believe he was being serious when he promised: “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).
We believe that God has not come back on his promise that, through Jesus, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). The purpose of the New Ground Academy is to train the church leaders and church shapers God will use to fulfil these promises.
What is being taught?
We aim to get the balance right to train you to become a fully equipped leader within the church. Roughly half of the training course is aimed 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.
It is a great combination of practical theology, on-the-job coaching, and peer interaction. And there is a good balance between classroom teaching and interactive discussion.
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 believe 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 consider applying for the New Ground Academy and to allow us to develop you into the church leader or church shaper God has called you to be.
What is the plan?
The New Ground Academy runs a two-year training course. Students begin the course in September and graduate in the July of their second year. Information about the up-to-date curriculum can be found on the New Ground website here.
As Redeemer the Hague is an Academy Satellite Base, we will be watching recordings of the teaching materials presented by Phil Moore, Andrew Wilson, Dave Holden, 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. We hope to also arrange live online discussions with some of the teachers.
Two full days of training take place each month (on Friday and Saturday) for 10 months of the year for two years. Training days start at 09:30 on the Friday and end at 17:00 on the Saturday. The Friday evening is given over to practical coaching, mentoring and honing of church leadership skills. Since students have holiday in the months of August and December, this equates to 20 days a year; 40 days in total across the two years. Since Friday is a work day for many people, often students invest their holiday days into the Academy (10 per year) or they come to a flexible working arrangement with their employer to make up time elsewhere. We understand that this is a sacrifice and an investment, but if God is calling you to do this then he will make a way for you.
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. We hope that you are able to do so.
We have worked hard to make the New Ground Academy as accessible as possible to church leaders and shapers. Our satellite base is supported by New Ground in that the London base provides us with all the teaching materials. Total costs will be €500,- per year which includes course materials, dinner on each of the Friday evenings, as well as accommodation for the trip to Wimbledon in February. Travel to London will need to be arranged separately by yourself.
If this proves to be too much in your current situation, bring it to the attention of your church leaders to see how they can support you.
We’d love to see the Academy serving churches in the Netherlands. This is why we’ll aim to get the teaching materials translated into Dutch in the future, but this will definitely not be finished before the start in September 2019. Our aim is to have all materials ready in Dutch as soon as possible, which means that currently the language will be mostly English. However, we will make sure that the interactive discussion will be accessible also for Dutch speakers.