Through our research and analysis of over 600 church planters, we’ve seen a significant value to having a mentor and a coach. Having a coach impacts your worship attendance because accountability leads to productivity. Planters who would meet regularly with a mentor led churches that were almost twice the size of those that had no mentor.

Relationships make leaders; wise leaders will also create learning relationships. This is not easy for most church planters, who tend to be free spirits and perhaps mavericks. But the best church planters combine innovation with learning and become leaders under accountability."

- Ed Stetzer

The reality is, many planters and pastors lack fellowship with their peers. Who do you share your ministry burdens with? And what about the challenges that you face in planting and multiplying?

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Daniel Im (@danielsangi) is the Lead Pastor of Beulah Alliance Church, a multiplying multisite church focused on reaching 1% of Edmonton for Christ. His latest book is You Are What You Do: And Six Other Lies about Work, Life, and Love. He is also the author of No Silver Bullets and co-author of Planting Missional Churches. He co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, as well as the IMbetween Podcast. He has an M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. Because of their love for the local church, after pioneering and leading the church multiplication initiative for LifeWay, Daniel and his wife, Christina, moved back to Canada with their three children. For more information, visit danielim.com and follow him on social media @danielsangi.


Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., (@edstetzer) is a professor and dean at Wheaton College who also serves as Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is regional director for Lausanne North America and publishes research through Mission Group.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited in, interviewed by, and writes for news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the founding editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 1.7 million individuals each week for bible study.

His national radio show, Ed Stetzer Live, airs Saturdays across the country. He serves as teaching pastor at Highpoint Church in Chicago and has been the interim teaching pastor at Moody Church in downtown Chicago.

Author Community

Todd Adkins

Director of Leadership at LifeWay where he is passionate about helping churches build a Leadership Pipeline and training pathways for every role in the church. Former XP at McLean Bible Church.

Dhati Lewis

Lead pastor and church planter of Blueprint Church. President of Send Network with the North American Mission Board. Passionate about making disciples, equipping urban leaders and loving his family.

Shawn Lovejoy

Founder & CEO of CourageToLead.com, which facilitates leadership growth and organizational health for leaders through executive coaching and organizational consulting

Mark DeYmaz

Founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Little Rock, AR, and a co-founder of the Mosaix Global Network. Author of Building a Healthy Multiethnic Church and many more.

Linda Bergquist

Church planter catalyst in the SF Bay Area for 22 years. Author of City Shaped Churches, Church Turned Inside Out and The Wholehearted Church Planter.

Micah Fries

Has served as a Senior Pastor in Tennessee and Missouri, at LifeWay Christian Resources, as an international church planter in West Africa, and as a frequent speaker at churches and conferences.

Bill Hogg

National Missiologist for the C2C Network, serves as part of the Arrow Leadership Ministries faculty, and a published author who has written books on prayer and on youth culture.

JR Woodward

Church planter, activist, missiologist and author of Creating a Missional Culture. Serves as the National Director for the V3 Church Planting Movement and co-founded Missio Alliance.

Phil Metzger

Senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Budapest, as well as, the ministry director of Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe. He oversees Calvary church plants throughout Eastern Europe, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.

Drew Hyun

Church Planter and Pastor of Hope Church Midtown, as well as the Founding Pastor of Hope Church NYC, a family of diverse churches in NYC. He has lived and pastored in New York for the past 15 years.

Annie B. Garman

Pastor’s wife at Pillar Church in Northern Virginia and mother to four excitable girls, story-teller, neighbor, and author of Unexpected Grace: When Your Child is Born With Half a Heart.

Stephen Smith

Gathering Pastor at Houston’s First Baptist Church where he coaches four teams: Music, Multisite, Media, and Marketing.

Chris Kouba

Chris Kouba is the lead Pastor at the North Campus of Prestonwood Baptist Church, a husband, father to four children, and committed follower of Christ.

Scott Sanders

Works with church leaders throughout Australia to see new churches established in his role as Executive Director of the Geneva Push, an Australian church-planting network.

Ben Connelly

U.S. Director with Multiply, planted and is the elder at The City Church, author of A Field Guide for Everyday Mission.

Adam Mabry

Lead Pastor of Aletheia Church in Boston, MA. He speaks extensively on church planting and coaches various planters around the world within the Every Nation family of churches.

Shelley G. Trebesch

Consultant, trainer, seminar leader, former Capacity Development VP for Prison Fellowship Intl, former Assistant Prof of Leadership and Org Development at Fuller Theological Seminary.

John Muzyka

Senior Director at Church Realty in Plano, Texas. Focuses on serving church plants and multisite churches as they pursue facilities to launch new churches and campuses.

Mark Dance

Decades of pastoral experience. Speaks at churches, conferences, and retreats–often with his wife Janet. Contributed to several books and offers encouragement at MarkDance.net.

Derek Hanna

Derek Hanna lives in Brisbane Australia, where he planted a church 10 years ago and now works as the director of training for Geneva Push, an Australian church planting network.

Mike Kelsey

Pastor of McLean Bible Church’s Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, MD. He has a passion to advance the Gospel in multiethnic contexts.

Justin Burkholder

Vive en Guatemala y forma parte del equipo pastoral de Iglesia Reforma.

Josh Laxton

Native of Tennessee and has been serving the local church in vocational ministry for 20 years as a church planter, re-planter, and pastor. He and his wife have three incredible kids. 


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