Application Information:

Thank you for considering the Arrow Leadership Programme. All the information requested helps us to make a prayerful and considered decision. Please be sure to complete it thoughtfully and with care. Rushed applications rarely do the applicant any favours.

Please note that we anticipate the vast majority of people applying will be eminently suitable. However, there are certain criteria we use to select participants to ensure a good balance in the group (for example, we are looking for a group across the target age range). Therefore we want to remind all applicants that application does not in any way guarantee acceptance onto the Programme.

Please complete and return the form as quickly as possible as applications are considered on an ongoing basis. Once references are received the selection panel will consider the application. Applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision as soon as possible. If you require any assistance please contact John Alderdice (Arrow Director) on +44 75 4035 9808 or Diane Lyons (Programme Administrator) on +353 (0)87 945 3235

Be assured that throughout the process we are praying for each applicant.


Key Dates:

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and applicants will be informed if they have been successful once all references have been received and panel have had an opportunity to assess the application as a whole.

Preparation Day – Tuesday 31st January 2017

Residential 1 – 2nd – 5th April 2017

Residential 2 – 24th – 27th September 2017

Residential 3 – 28th – 31st January 2018 

Residential 4 – 20th – 23rd May 2018

Celebration Evening – September 2018 – Date TBC

Participants must be present on all of these occasions.



The Preparation Day and Arrow Residential weeks will, in all likelihood, be held at the Dromantine Conference Centre (Newry, Co. Down).



The fee for the Arrow Leadership Programme is £2400 or €2850. This does not reflect the full value of Arrow, we apply to other sources of funding to reduce the cost. We are aware though that this is still a significant amount of money. We are anxious that considerations of cost should not prevent anyone from applying for Arrow. There are a number of sources that previous participants have drawn from such as; personal funds, local church support, denominational grants, organisational support, and gifts.

From time to time we get information on support funds that we might be able to access as an organisation, or that participants might be able to apply for, we will keep you up to dates with such information. Following the offer of a place on the Arrow programme we ask for a non-refundable deposit followed by payments to be made prior to each residential and scheduled as follows:

Deposit £250 €250
Prior to Residential 1 £550 €650
Prior to Residential 2 £550 €650
Prior to Residential 3 £550 €650
Prior to Residential 4 £550 €650
Total £2400 €2850


What some recent participants have said:

Arrow for me has been one of the most refreshing and insightful “courses” I have ever committed to. Not that the word “course” does the process of Arrow justice. Arrow is not just another leadership development course – it is much deeper than that. God has this wonderful habit of bringing us to a place where we desperately want to meet him in a deeper and more intimate way – if you are hungry for that – then I couldn’t recommend the process, the journey and the adventure of Arrow any more highly.

Jasper Rutherford

Summer Madness

Arrow has helped me to increase my self-awareness and confidence as a child of God and a Christian leader in the present and given me a ‘tool kit’ for the future’.

Leanne Dunlop


The Arrow leadership programme is extremely difficult to concisely explain its impact. For me its been a time of equipping with essential practical tools for Church leadership. Its also been a time of thinking deeply about my own Christian discipleship and relationship with God. The genius of Arrow in my humble opinion is the time taken to build authentic community where conversations about church, faith and life can happen. Yes it is a great cost in terms of time and finances but it has been an investment well made. If you’re thinking about arrow … do it!

Robert Ferris

Associate Minister, Carrigrohane Union of Parishes