“Transformational Leadership is an artform that is developed by continual learning.”


The Academy of Artful Leadership brings together gifted leaders who are steering congregational change. We provide a series of facilitated peer conversations around major themes in

ministry, followed by individual coaching. The outcome is greater clarity and calculated movement toward transformation within a congregation.

The Academy utilizes a “coach approach” process in which the coach helps to mine the collective expertise and internal wisdom of participants, rather than relying on instruction from a teacher or prescriptions from a consultant.

This “coach approach” process helps gifted leaders discern the God-sized things that need to happen, develop a plan to get there and celebrate with them when they do.

Transformation happens when we take what we learn,
consider it in our own context, identify what needs to happen,
and put in place specific action steps to achieve the vision.

What’s Included?

18 hours of coaching:

  • Eight monthly 90-minute group sessions designed to spark dynamic conversation around key themes in ministry.
  • Six individual one-on-one coaching sessions with a trained coach, focusing on challenges and opportunities in ministry.

Topics Covered:

  • How to develop your adaptive and spiritual leadership.
  • What needs to be honored, and what needs to be disrupted for the sake of the Kingdom?
  • What one change would increase the vitality of your worship?
  • Why leaders should be starting new small groups continuously.
  • The power of setting SMART goals for ministry.
  • Best practices for connecting with the mission field around you.
  • Tools for developing lay leadership.
  • How to utilize the “coach approach” in ministry.

Participants Receive:

  • Teaching Videos and Worksheets –monthly, around crucial ministry themes
  • Peer Group Learning Calls –eight monthly calls, 90 minutes each
  • Individual Coaching calls — six 60-minute calls
  • Thought Provoking Email -weekly
  • Certificate of Leadership Development upon completion of the training

 Schedule and Cost 

The cost for 9 months of training is $880 per participant. This investment is sometimes shared between participants and their organizations.

Interested in Joining one of our Groups?

We have several Coach/Leaders forming groups now!
Click on the Coach Name for Details

Craig Finnestad — starts October 2019
Vivian Manga — starts September 2019
Pastor Sara Wirth — starts October 2019
Rev. Dr. Gary Spencer — starts October 2019
Rev. Dr. Steve Burnett — starts January 2020
Rev. Dr. Sarah Dorrance — starts January 2020
Rev. Roy Howard —  starts January 2020
Rev. Twanda Prioleau — starts January 2020
Steve Todd — starts January 2020
Rev. Canon Dr. Sandye Wilson — starts January 2020

Contact  Us for More Information