Wilberforce Academy 2013

10th - 13th September 2014

The Wilberforce Academy is aimed at students and young professionals with a passion to serve Jesus Christ in a variety of vocations including law, politics, education, media, arts and business.

Our aim is that delegates will be prepared for servant-hearted, Christ-centred leadership in public life, having been equipped with a robust biblical framework that guides their thinking, prayers and activity in addressing the issues facing our society. We hope that they will also develop lasting friendships with peers and mentors that will be a source of support, encouragement and accountability for years to come.

The Wilberforce Academy 2014 will take place from Wednesday 10th September to Saturday 13th September 2014.

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Applications are now open for Wilberforce Academy 2014.

To apply please download and complete the application form and return it with your current CV and a recent photo to The Wilberforce Academy, 70 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AX.

Applications must be received by the 14th June 2014.

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Errol Lawson

Errol Lawson
Wilberforce Academy 2012

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It's been a fantastic experience – the people that we’ve met, the conversations we’ve been able to have, and some of the teachers we’ve had from around the world have been absolutely amazing – deeply challenging, deeply inspiring... any young, aspiring Christian leader needs to be on the Wilberforce Academy.

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Mark Bowers

Mark Bowers
Wilberforce Academy 2012

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I think the best thing about the Wilberforce Academy has been the chance to engage with other people of my own age and of my own circumstances and hear about people who are really affecting the nation for Jesus Christ and making an impact in public life.

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Janine Nicholas

Janine Nicholas
Wilberforce Academy 2011

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Attending the Wilberforce Academy was, quite simply, life-changing. Every day I experienced the presence of God in passionate worship, heard the uncompromised truth delivered by leading Christian professionals from all areas of public life, and was encouraged and uplifted through fellowship with the other delegates. The leaders invest a great deal of time and resources into the Academy and seek to equip every person who attends with the tools to become leaders and nation changers.

Personally, that week was an excellent opportunity to focus on God’s plan and purpose for my life. Something within me was deeply moved and broken by the challenges facing our society today and the imperative need for us as Christians to stand up and be counted in the public square. I came away with a desire to be sold out for God and to go forth and impact society with God’s biblical truth and the reality of His love.

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Aaron Morris

Aaron Morris
Wilberforce Academy 2011

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The Wilberforce Academy marked a pivotal moment in my life; a week in which came an earnest cry to see God use me for his glory in the public square. A like-minded fellowship instigated a huge source of genuine faith to believe that what appears spiritually void in the influential spheres of this nation, can yet be revived. The intense routine developed a great deal of discipline, the world class speakers, powerful doctrinal development and the daily prayer, a huge focus on Christ.

Beyond Wilberforce, the opportunities have been overwhelming. From interviewing on the BBC to engaging with MPs and lawyers, the fruit of my experience has been remarkable. I unashamedly endorse the Wilberforce Academy as an opportunity to lay all you are at the feet of Christ and see him raise you up to truly do wonders in the nations. Wilberforce provides both this point of surrender and release.

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Tania Soris

Tania Soris
Wilberforce Academy 2011

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Looking back, I can truly say that the Wilberforce Academy has been the turning point of my life. Although it was only a five-day conference, the impact it had on me and the network of Christian friends I have made will last a lifetime. The lectures and speakers were outstanding because they make you leave the Academy with a paradigm shift on your worldview. You feel empowered to want to become a leader and better Christian to serve your country and impact the lives of those around you.

I would recommend anyone with a heart for serving and furthering God’s kingdom to apply for the Wilberforce Academy and get ready to begin a journey that will transform their life.

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Annabel Wilkinson

Annabel Wilkinson
Wilberforce Academy 2010

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The Wilberforce Academy really was a defining week for my faith. Just finishing my undergraduate degree and about to commence a Graduate Diploma in Law, God is using this time to talk to me about callings. For the past four years I have sensed God calling me to the legal profession and during the Wilberforce Academy I was humbled to realise that although we may feel like David facing Goliath, given the right weapons, we may step boldly up to the task ahead.

I left the Academy wanting my life to speak undeniably of Him and in all situations have the confidence to declare "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord. Be it unto me according to your word." The Wilberforce Academy has increased my hunger to see God’s Kingdom realized in the UK and worldwide. It has equipped me to confidently proclaim the reasons for my faith as I prepare for a career at the Bar.

Listen to Annabel being interviewed by Christians Together in the Highlands and Islands.

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Andy Moore

Andy Moore
Wilberforce Academy 2010

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For me, attending the inaugural Wilberforce Academy in 2010 was both a privilege and turning point. A privilege because I received teaching of the finest order, delivered with inspirational eloquence from some of the world’s leading Christian professionals; a turning point because the Academy has moved something very deep in my heart, which I can never forget, in response to the utter brokenness we observe in British society. I have discerned my call as a Christian to fear God, not man; to act with courage in the public square and declare the Truth of the Gospel whatever the political climate of the day...I simply cannot escape the challenge...if not me, then who? If not now, then when?

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Heather Bellamy

Heather Bellamy
Wilberforce Academy 2010

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The Wilberforce Academy had a significant impact on me, both during the residential week and on my direction work-wise since then. The week was intense and often heartbreaking, but absolutely vital. It was of a high calibre in every way - the speakers, lectures, venue, delegates and resources. It deepened my knowledge and understanding of where our nation is at on many of the crucial issues and increased my passion and motivation to be part of change. I already had a fire burning in me for these social and justice issues in the UK and where we are at spiritually as a nation; going to the academy threw petrol on the fire. As we all know, Christians in the UK are beginning to be thrown out and trampled by men (Matt 5:13). We need resources like the Wilberforce Academy to inform and shape thinking and mentor the next generation coming through, so the salt (us) gets back into the marketplace, salty enough to preserve our country. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

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