Author Archives: Sam Moore

Four Peaks Challenge Complete!

Slieve Donard, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon…

Several pairs of socks

Lots of mist

Some very wet waterproofs

Snatches of sleep in the Yaris while in transit between climbs

Around 20 litres of water and energy drinks

One phenomenal driver, encourager and cake provider

All in less than 41 hours.

From a gloriously sunny start at the foot of Donard, our first summit started a pattern that would become familiar -mist and poor visibility at the top of every mountain we climbed!  At Ben Nevis the mist and rain certainly overcame some of our waterproofs as tired legs made it back to Emma and the waiting Yaris by torchlight at midnight. The next morning, after Emma had driven us through the night down to the Lake district, more fresh socks went into the damp boots from Scotland as we set off on another glorious morning. The mist descended as we scrambled up the scree face of Scaffel Pike and cleared again for some sunshine at the summit – and a much easier path down. Our final climb was Snowdon, again we started in glorious sunshine and reached a summit clouded in mist. The satisfaction of the Snowdon peak is slightly tempered by the train station 50m away! As darkness descended and head torches came back into use we arrived back to the car park, the trusty Yaris and Emma’s DIY celebratory four peaks cake!
Thank you to all who encouraged and sponsored our team of interpret climbers on our first ever Innovista Four Peaks Challenge. Thanks to the generosity of those who sponsored us we raised €2500 that will equip young leaders across Ireland with the skills and character to bring hope and change to their communities.

We had such a great time we are considering doing it all again next year – if you would be interested in joining us contact us at

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4 Peaks, 4 Countries, 48 Hours..

4 Peaks
48 hours
1,232 miles to drive in the car
4,220 metres high to climb on foot
€1,800 to raise to help leaders change their communities

What a way to spend a weekend…

On 16-17 July, Andy, Niall and Sam will be climbing Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland), Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England) and Snowdon (Wales) in less than 48 hours to raise some money for Innovista. We’ll be trying to catch sleep in the car, while our trusty driver Emma will race against the clock to catch a ferry, and drive through the night to transport us from mountain to mountain.

So please, dig deep and make a donation to make it worth our while!
You can give at or, if you live in the UK, gift aid your donation at 

Andy and Emma have taken part in Innovista’s Tempo leadership development programme. Sam started Innovista in Ireland seven years ago and ropes Niall (his brother-in-law) into a variety of crazy fundraising and adventure escapades.

We want to help Innovista train young leaders to make their communities better places. Because when leadership is bad, the whole of society does badly – whether that’s a business, charity, church or political party. But when leadership is good, the whole of society benefits. So if we can raise some money to make good leaders who want to make their communities better, then we can have a big impact – for young people in inner city Dublin, for young mums from tough backgrounds in the north, for teenagers who want to see good news stories in their towns (just some of the projects leaders trained by Innovista run in their local communities).

So go on: you don’t have to climb any peaks, but you can donate a few euro/pounds for this worthy cause.

Thank you!

Four Peaks Challenge

Slieve Donard, Ben Nevis, Scaffel Pike and Snowdon. In 48 hours.
Now that is a challenge!

Probably the biggest one we have taken on as a fundraiser to date.

On 16-17 July Innovista Ireland and Innovista International are hoping to have a few five-person teams (four walkers and one driver) from across the UK and Ireland take on this challenge (and raise some money at the same time). We are looking for willing participants.

Would you be interested in taking up the challenge? (Click a response below or email

Read someone else’s experience of doing it here.

If you would like a less exhausting, more fun way of helping fundraise for Innovista, we will be entering a team in Runamuck again this year on 24 September.

Be equipped to lead change in your community – Leading for Life One Day


LFL one day2You want to reach people. You want to see your community changed and church grow. You want to steward your influence and resources wisely.  We recognise leadership can be overwhelming. It can be difficult to know what to do, to be sure that you’re doing the right things.

Leading for Life provides practical training for leaders who want to get better.

Insightful training and the time to apply it means that you will end the day ready and able to act.

Join with like-minded people for one day designed to help you and your team.


Leading for Life is designed for leaders, whether volunteer or staff, at all levels in churches and organisations

You will:

  • Gain inspiration and insight from experienced leaders
  • Be helped by purposeful connections with other leaders
  • Have time to process and apply your learning to your own team and ministry
  • Identify your next steps
  • Take action to lead better


Find out more at and book here



We Are Moving

Innovista Ireland is on the move.

The building we have shared office space in with Holy Trinity Church for five happy years in Rathmines was sold and we had to move out.

We are thankful to Holy Trinity for their friendship, partnership and generosity over the past few years.

Our new office is in the city centre close to one of the schools where we deliver our RISE leadership programme. We are looking forward to getting to know our new neighbours IBI, Tearfund Ireland and Christian Unions Ireland.

Our new address is:

Innovista Ireland
Ulysses House
22-24 Foley Street
Dublin 1

Come in and see us!

Learning and leading across the generations


“Mentor us”

“Equip us”

“Give us responsibility and opportunities”

“Release us”

Just some of the responses from 18-35s in churches in Ireland to the question “what would you say to the older generation?”in a recent Vox survey on faith, church and leadership among 18-35s in Ireland.  

We dream of seeing people and communities across Ireland transformed by local churches. To see that happen we need to work together across denominational, organisational and generational boundaries. We need to harness the wisdom of experience with the energy of youth in the shared goal of seeing God’s kingdom here in Ireland as it is in heaven.

On 21 April in Third Space, Smithfield, again in partnership with Vox we are holding an evening with younger and older leaders exploring how we can bridge divides across the generations, learn from each other, work together and facilitate cross generational leadership for the sake of our nation and the Kingdom of God.

Leadership and Lent – the Shadow Way


Lent is a season of preparation for Holy Week that begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for approximately six weeks. For Christians all over the world, this preparation will be expressed in different ways — prayer, penance, repentance, fasting and self-denial — and, in 2016, we want to create a series of events that will draw young leaders deeper into this experience.

On four nights during Lent, we will gather in different locations around Dublin city, to share food, thoughts and personal stories. While each communicator will have the freedom to choose their own perspective, we have chosen ‘The Shadow Way’ as a theme, reflections on Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and temptation in the wilderness. What we are hoping for is reflections on Jesus’ journey, the ways in which he is tempted and the ways that each communicator wrestles with that journey.
You can expect good food, great conversation and authenticity. Join us on the following dates:

23 February 7pm-8.30 at St. Stephen’s Chaplaincy, UCD (location 52 on map)

Tell us you are coming at the Facebook event page here (so there is enough food!)

1 March 7pm-8.30 at Third Space at the YMCA, Aungier St

Tell us you are coming  the Facebook event page here

8 March 7pm-8.30 at Christchurch Cathedral

Tell us you are coming at the Facebook event page here

15 March 7pm – 8.30 at Church of Ireland Theological College

Tell us you are coming at the Facebook event page here

‘Often it seems that beneath the pleasantries of daily life there are many gaping wounds that carry such names as abandonment, betrayal, rejection, rupture, and loss. These are all the shadow side of the second love and reveal the darkness that never completely leaves the human heart. The radical good news is that the second love is only a broken reflection of the first love and that the first love is offered to us by a God in whom there is no shadows.’

– Henri Nouwen


The shadow way Lent series is organised in partnership with chaplains at UCD and  DIT, Dublin and Glendalough Young Adults and the Church of Ireland Theological Institute Department of Lay Training.