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Innovista identifies, equips and develops Christian leaders working in challenging contexts. Every year, we train and mentor around 1,500 leaders in Britain, Ireland, Moldova, Ukraine, Central Asia and beyond.
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Why?

Because without leadership, nothing happens. The right training maximises impact and prevents burn-out. We know that if we can equip a leader, we can see individual lives – and whole communities – changed by the hope of Jesus.

Where?

We provide long-term support for Christian leaders serving in some of the least reached and resourced parts of the world. Our local trainers invest in leaders where the church is small and the need is great.

Who?

We provide high quality, practical training for both established and emerging local leaders. These pioneering, purposeful people are best placed to try new ways to reach their communities.

Meet the Team

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Trainer, Innovista Ukraine
Director, Innovista Moldova
Jason Lane
Director, Innovista International
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Regional Director, Central Asia
Director, Innovista Ukraine
Lydia Currie
Engagement Officer, Innovista International
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National Director, Central Asia
Hannnah Burnham
Director of Development, Innovista International
Dima Tigui
Trainer, Innovista Moldova
Ann Marie
Trainer, Innovista Ireland
Rachel Coural
Trainer, Innovista Ireland
Becca Sweet
Trainer, Innovista International
Jana Maxim
Trainer, Innovista Moldova
Trainer, Innovista Moldova and former Director, Innovista Siberia
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Trainer, Central Asia
Jon Pape
Trusts Relations and Research Manager, Innovista International
Communications Manager, Innovista International
Sam Moore
Director, Innovista Ireland

Purpose

Our purpose is to identify, develop and equip leaders to change their communities with the hope of Jesus.

Values

Stewardship: using resources in ways that bring the most hope and change

Context: the settings that we serve shape what we do

Excellence: working in ways that inspire with distinctive quality

Teamwork: serving with others to go further

Where we are

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We identify, equip and develop Christian leaders working in challenging contexts. Our local trainers support the church in some of the least reached and resourced parts of the world, including Central Asia and Moldova.
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Ukraine

Ukraine’s 43 million people have been devastated by the war, which has destroyed homes, killed thousands, and displaced nearly six million refugees.
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Moldova

Bordered by Romania and Ukraine, Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in the whole of Europe.
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Central Asia

The Muslim-majority countries of Central Asia are highly challenging and dangerous locations for Christians.
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Ireland

There has been a dramatic fall in church attendance in Ireland, and the wider culture is secularising fast.
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Great Britain

The 2021 census showed that large parts of Britain are now among the least religious in the world.
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Other countries

Innovista identifies, equips and develops leaders serving in other challenging global contexts.

Our history

Innovista started in 2000 as an initiative to encourage effective evangelism in the under-resourced national student ministries of the former Soviet Union and Europe. The creative and pioneering work focused on leadership development, which was identified as one of the most important factors for successful mission work.

In 2005, Innovista became an independent charity, in recognition that the local church also needed to be supported. Since then, as well as maintaining a long-standing missional presence in many countries including Ukraine, Christian leaders have been supported by the ‘Leading for Life’ conferences held across Europe, the ‘Glad you asked!’ evangelistic series, and the popular Tempo course.

Innovista continues to provide wide-ranging support for Christian leaders serving in challenging contexts. Every year, around 1,500 people from around the world are trained by local staff based in Britain, Ireland, Moldova, Ukraine and two Central Asian Republics.
  • 2000

    Innovista starts as an initiative focusing on catalysing effective evangelism among the under-resourced national student ministries of the former Soviet Union and Europe.

    Good leadership is identified as being one of the most important factors for successful mission.

    Pioneering work begins in challenging locations, including Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Latvia.


  • 2001

    Innovista supports local mission teams by combining creative evangelism with leadership training and mentoring.

    Willow Creek’s ‘Becoming a Contagious Christian’ is contextualised and translated for use by students and staff.


  • 2004

    An evangelistic small group resource called ‘Glad You Asked!’ is developed and launched. It is subsequently translated into seven languages, including Russian.


  • 2005

    Innovista becomes a fully independent charity (registered in the UK). The move followed the recognition that the local church needed to be resourced too, as well as student ministries.


  • 2006

    The first ‘Leading for Life’ conference hosts 70 young leaders in Berlin. Innovista develops the Zerro weekend, an evangelistic retreat to help young people encounter Jesus for the first time.


  • 2007

    The Tempo Leadership Course is launched, which helps missional leaders clarify their vision, develop strategy, and improve their teamwork, so that people and communities are changed by Jesus.


  • 2009

    Ministry begins in Siberia.

    Innovista Ireland is launched.


  • 2010

    ‘Leading for Life’ is held in Central Asia for leaders from four countries.
    The Thrive initiative is launched to develop young leaders in disadvantaged communities in the UK.


  • 2013

    Innovista appoints its first National Director of a Central Asian country.


  • 2014

    A further training base is opened in another Central Asian country.

    ‘Leading for Life’ is held in Vienna with 60 young leaders from eight countries.


  • 2015

    50 young leaders gather in Central Asia for training.


  • 2016

    Nearly 400 leaders attend five one-day ‘Leading for Life’ events (in L’viv, Chisinau, Omsk, Linz and Dublin). A further 45 attend a week-long ‘Leading for Life’ gathering in Central Asia.


  • 2017

    Tempo version 2 is launched to enable leadership teams to participate together, speed up the implementation of what they learn, and help churches and ministries have a deeper impact.


  • 2018

    In one of the Central Asian republics another training hub is started in a new region.


  • 2019

    Innovista Moldova is launched.

    Youth Ministry Training is started in the UK, using the experience gained through the Thrive teams.


  • 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns cause many challenges for ministry across Europe.


  • 2021

    Innovista commissions a ‘Learning and Impact’ system to help measure impact more accurately.

    The Mindshift course is launched to help leaders in post-Soviet contexts.


  • 2022

    The Ukraine war hugely impacts ministry, as resources have to be diverted to help local church leaders serve their communities. For security reasons, Innovista has to stop work in Siberia. The Resilient Families programme is commissioned from Viva and is launched to help with the emotional impact of the war.


  • 2023

    The first trainers’ gatherings are held in Riga, Latvia, and Central Asia.


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