Develop a team that will outlast your leadership

Are you looking for ways to serve and equip those under your leadership? Do you want to create a culture of leadership development? Then this Leadership Pipeline for Ministry Directors is designed just for you.


This course dives into the essentials of Leadership Pipeline specifically for a Ministry Director. You will learn from trusted church leaders who have years of experience and the knowledge you need to develop and implement a leadership pipeline in your ministry area.


Birthed out of a two-year long research project, we discovered that every church's leadership pipeline shares six core competencies: discipleship, vision, strategy, collaboration, people development, and stewardship. And each of the six competencies contain specific learning objectives (which you'll grow in through this course) appropriate to ministry directors serving within a church.


These 9 modules are designed to help you:

  • See the big picture of directing a ministry area
  • Equip and teach specific learning objectives in the six competency areas of Leadership Pipeline
  • Develop an effective ministry strategy
  • Solve common struggles and difficulties along the way
  • Get step-by-step advice on how to steward your resources well


This course includes 9 enhanced modules, 4.5 hours of HD video, and 28 handouts. And it's all yours to keep and revisit for as long as you need it.

The first three modules are free. So if you like what you see, then you'll love the additional depth and insight in the remaining 6 modules. You won’t find this collection of wisdom, knowledge, and advice from these teachers anywhere else so don't miss this opportunity to learn from real practitioners and thought leaders in the church leadership community. 

Learn from trusted pastors and leaders!

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  • Free Access to Modules 1-3
  • Upon registering, you will get free, immediate access to the first module
  • Modules 2-3 will be emailed to you in the next couple of days

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  • 9 enhanced modules taught by real practitioners and thought leaders
  • 4.5 hours of HD video
  • 28 handouts
  • All of the materials are yours forever
  • 30-day 100% Money Back Guarantee
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  • If you are an Annual Plus Member, you get this course + every other course on NewChurches.com as a part of your membership! Learn more.


Everything You Need to Know to Lead a Ministry

If you’re a ministry director. If you are in the process of becoming a ministry director. If you simply want to help your church develop their own people. This course is for you.

As you lead your ministry, we want to provide you with the best materials and resources from the best practitioners and leaders on these topics. You will learn about Discipleship from Paul Tripp, Vision from Will Mancini, Strategy from Eric Geiger, Collaboration from Jenni Catron, People Development from Mac Lake, and Stewardship from Brian Dodridge.


Module 1: Leadership Pipeline and Discipleship Competency Overviews for Ministry Directors

Learn how to develop and equip your church's leaders through a leadership pipeline.

Module 2: Vision and Strategy Competency Overviews for Ministry Directors

Learn essential components of vision and strategy and how to implement them in your ministry. 

Module 3: Collaboration, People Development, and Stewardship Competency Overviews for Ministry Directors

Examine how to work well with others, develop people, and steward your ministry's resources well.

Module 4: Discipleship Competency for Ministry Directors - Paul Tripp

Serve and equip those under your leadership through grace and discipleship.

Module 5: Vision Competency for Ministry Directors - Will Mancini

Contextualize vision for your ministry through a clear mission and values.

Module 6: Strategy Competency for Ministry Directors - Eric Geiger

Design a ministry strategy that aligns with your church's mission and strategy.

Module 7: Collaboration Competency for Ministry Directors - Jenni Catron

Address conflict and criticism, lead laterally, and establish healthy, cross-functional teams.

Module 8: People Development Competency for Ministry Directors - Mac Lake

Learn how to act as a multiplier, identify and assess leaders, plan for succession, and create learning paths.

Module 9: Stewardship Competency for Ministry Directors - Brian Dodridge

Create a budget, allocate resources, help people serve well, and implement systems of accountability.


Sam Yoon

Campus Pastor at Saddleback Church, South Bay, CA

"I love how this leadership pipeline course gives a 30,000 feet overview of what the pastor should be thinking about and how it also provides practical ways to accomplish those goals. It gives great practical tips that have immediate impact."

Chris Fedorcek

Executive Pastor at City Light Church, Ocala, FL

"Wow! The New Churches team has done it once again. The Leadership Pipeline training module is clear, concise, practical, and applicable. The knowledge, tools, and helps taught are things that have been implemented and are effective and not simply theory."

Chris Phillips 

Lead Church Planter at Journey Point Fellowship, Denver, CO
"If you’re looking for a comprehensive plan for developing leaders in your church, the Leadership Pipeline Course is for you. No matter where you're starting with your pipeline, this course will help you cast vision, identify and implement roles, train volunteers, and equip leaders throughout your church on every level to move from just doing ministry to developing leaders."

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do Plus Members need to purchase the courses separately to access them? If you are an Annual Plus Member, you don't need to! As a part of your annual membership, you get every course on NewChurches.com and 800+ courses on Ministry Grid. This is a $3100 value if purchased separately. However, this is not a part of monthly subscriptions.
  2. Will I ever lose access to the course? Never. Once you purchase the course, it's yours forever. This course will always be accessible to stream via NewChurches.com.
  3. I'm a Monthly Plus Member, how do I use my 25% off coupon code? When you go to your shopping cart and check out, there will be a place to enter in your coupon code. If you do not have a 25% off coupon code, but you are a Plus Member, then just email newchurches@lifeway.com.
  4. What if I have a question or need support? We are here to help. Simply submit any questions that you might have to newchurches@lifeway.com.
  5. What if I don't want to create a PayPal Account? PayPal is very secure and it's easy to create an account. However, you do not need a PayPal account to purchase this course. You can checkout as a guest.

30 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee

Here’s our promise. Purchase today risk-free because this course comes with a full 30-day, 100% Money Back Guarantee.

If for any reason you don’t benefit from Essential Church Planting, then we insist that you get 100% of your money back. It’s simple: Purchase the course and see for yourself. If the modules, videos, and handouts don’t help you in your ministry, then I’ll refund you 100% within 30 days of purchase. Just send me an email at newchurches@lifeway.com, tell us why you were unsatisfied (so we can improve!), and we will promptly refund your money.


Leadership Matters

Leadership development and training matters for the health and growth of your ministry. This is why we've worked so hard to develop this course for you.

Above all else, we want to help you lead your ministry well and have a greater kingdom impact.

  • If you’re the director of a ministry area, this course will help you navigate common pitfalls and be prepared to address them accordingly.
  • If you’re in the process of becoming a ministry director, this course will help prepare you for your new role by developing the competencies you need to succeed.
  • If your ministry area lacks leaders, this course will help you develop your people from within.
  • If your ministry area lacks a vision, this course will help you contextualize and communicate one based upon your unique mission and values.

So what are you waiting for? Click the button below to get started today.


P.S. We have a parallel course for Senior Leaders in your church. Click here for more information.