Build a strategy to support your church's mission that will ensure the development of those under your care.

Are you a pastor, deacon, or elder who wants to raise up leaders? Do you want to create a culture of leadership development at your church? Then this Leadership Pipeline for Senior Leadership course is for you!


This course dives into the essentials of Leadership Pipeline specifically for a Senior Leader. It includes tips and tricks, like how to make your mission statement effective and unique, how to keep a strategy simple, and how to remain rooted in your identity in Christ through it all.


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 a church's senior leadership.


These 9 modules are designed to help you:

  • Prepare yourself emotionally and spiritually for senior leadership
  • Craft a mission statement that is meaningful and memorable
  • Develop an effective leadership strategy
  • Implement a leadership pipeline to start developing leaders from within
  • Get step-by-step advice on how to be a steward of your church's money


This course includes 9 enhanced modules, 5+ hours of HD video, and 30+ 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 multiplication 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
  • 5+ hours of HD video
  • 30+ handouts
  • All of the materials are yours forever
  • 30-day 100% Money Back Guarantee
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Everything You Need to Know to be a Senior Leader

If you’re a senior leader. If you’re in the process of becoming a senior leader. If you're a pastor wanting to build a senior leadership team that takes leadership development seriously. This actionable and practical course is for you.

As you lead your church, 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 Senior Leadership

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

Module 2: Vision and Strategy Competency Overviews for Senior Leadership

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

Module 3: Collaboration, People Development, and Stewardship Competency Overviews for Senior Leadership

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

Module 4: Discipleship Competency for Senior Leadership - Paul Tripp

Examine your own heart and remain rooted in Jesus Christ as you lead your church.

Module 5: Vision Competency for Senior Leadership - Will Mancini

Establish a clear vision, realistic mission, and faithful values for your church.

Module 6: Strategy Competency for Senior Leadership - Eric Geiger

Balance both spiritual and strategic leadership through a simple strategic mindset.

Module 7: Collaboration Competency for Senior Leadership - Jenni Catron

Cultivate culture and develop strategic internal and external community partnerships.

Module 8: People Development Competency for Senior Leadership - Mac Lake

Develop a culture and system to grow and reproduce leaders in your ministry.

Module 9: Stewardship Competency for Senior Leadership - Brian Dodridge

Equip your church to effectively serve through a financial strategy in alignment with your church's vision.


Sam Yoon

Campus Pastor at Saddleback Church, South Bay, CA

"I love how the Senior Leadership 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."

Devin Deuell

Church Planter at The Commons, Los Angeles, CA

"The Senior Leader course from New Churches will help you build a robust pipeline for leadership, yet keep the main thing the main thing: Jesus’ saving love and its practical implications for your life and leadership. I was convicted and encouraged afresh by how clear Christ’s love shapes and secures our identity in ministry and the identity of those God is calling us to raise up. A freeing, gospel-laden course on leadership development."

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."

Chris Fedorcek

Executive Pastor at City Light Church, Ocala, FL

"Wow! The New Churches team has done it once again. The Senior Leadership 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."

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.


Lead Yourself. Then Lead Others

In order to effectively lead others, you need to first lead yourself. This course provides you with the resources you need to develop emotionally and spiritually, so that you can help others develop in those areas. When you have a strong sense of what kind of leader you are, that enables you to lead others in the most effective way. This course will prepare you and your team to lead your church through discipleship, vision, strategy, stewardship, collaboration, people development, and more.

Take the first step in leading yourself by going through this course!


P.S. We have a parallel course for Ministry Directors and Team Leaders in your church. Click here for more information.