My Main Gig

I have a passion for developing ministry leaders. It is the theme or umbrella for the majority of my ministry, which includes teaching, speaking, writing, consulting and coaching. I especially love working with the leaders you haven’t heard of, at least not yet: younger leaders, lay leaders, new leaders, leaders working in obscurity in the trenches, helping to connect them to teaching and resources that big-name leaders at big-name churches may take for granted.

Over ten years ago, I first had the vision for an organization that would educate, equip, and connect ministry leaders for greater effectiveness. Two years ago, the dream became a reality with the founding of The Leadership Lab, which is now Direct. The Lab aims to fulfill its mission of ministry leadership development through three key strategies: Residencies, Resources, and Research. All of our programs and materials focus on practical, real-life application, yet are rooted in solid theology and scholarship.

  • Residencies: In 2010-2011, three young adults participated in the pilot program of the Ministry Leadership Residency, a 10-month internship program that combines graduate-level coursework, in-ministry leadership experience, Catalyst conference experience, and coaching from seasoned ministry leaders.
  • Resources: Future plans include curriculum to develop lay leaders for local church ministry.
  • Research: Many of you know that I am completing my Ph.D. in Leadership from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. My dissertation research focused on organizational culture in churches, and on designing a survey to measure the dimensions of this construct. The Lab is continuing to develop this survey through ongoing revisions, pilot testing and statistical analysis. Contact me if you’d like your church to participate.

I’d love for you to check out the Lab’s web site, sign up for the monthly Lab Notes e-mail newsletter, and contact me if you’d like to be a part of what we’re working on.

How can I help you as a ministry leader?


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