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Don’t Take my Word for it

A couple of weeks ago I shared that my next Leadership Coaching Network will be beginning in October. I’m currently receiving applications and the network will probably fill up before the end of summer.

I understand that it’s one thing for me to share all the details and benefits from participating, but why take my word for it? That’s why I recently caught up with a couple of past participants to get their input on their experience with the network.

“The coaching and leadership conversations we had over six months with Paul elevated my leadership in the church as much as any experience I’ve had. I gained valuable tools and strategies for developing the leaders under my care. Additionally our discussions provided a strong foundation for understanding why healthy churches grow, and the time to personalize theory to our specific ministry situation. Paul’s personal ministry and leadership experience and wisdom ensured each coaching session was a valuable experience!”
Micah Hutchison, Executive Pastor at Harvest Community Church in Mesa, AZ

“This coaching network with Paul was one of the most beneficial experiences of my ministry life. The network gatherings were fun, challenging, and full of leadership exercises that provided me with tools to lead more effectively and move people towards a focused goal. I highly recommend this experience!”
Ira Towns, Executive Pastor at Atlantic Shores Bible Church in Virginia Beach, VA

“The coaching network with Paul strengthened my understanding of team leadership, personal development, and organizational health! This experience has been a huge help to me in my role as a leader within the local church!”
Caleb Cambell, Executive Pastor at Desert Springs Bible Church in Phoenix, AZ

Interested in Joining Us?
Here are all the details about the leadership coaching network in Phoenix. My teammate at The Unstuck Group, Tony Morgan, is facilitating a similar network in Atlanta

Complete the coaching network application and pay your initial deposit to hold your space. The deposit will be your first month’s fees. The next Phoenix and Atlanta networks will start in October 2014. The deadline for your application is August 15, 2014.

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5 Articles That Will Help You Make Vision Real

Thank you for making January a great month here at Helping Churches Make Vision Real! It’s fun to be a part of the interaction on social media and hear about how helpful the content has been. So, thank you for connecting with me through the content on this blog! You made these the top 5 Posts from this last month. If you missed out on any of them, here they are all in one place for your convenience!

#1 The Four Stages of a Church Staff Team

If you’ve ever been a part of a growing church you know that growth changes everything. Especially the relational, organizational and working dynamics of the staff team. Larry Osborne, Lead Pastor at North Coast Church writes the following in his book Sticky Teams:

“Never forget growth changes everything. A storefront church, a midsized church, a large church, and a mega-church aren’t simply bigger versions of the same thing. They are completely different animals. They have little in common, especially relationally, organizationally, and structurally.”

Fortunately I’ve had the opportunity to sit down with Larry and hear him expound on this idea and talk about what he describes as, “The Four Stages of a Team.”

#2 Who is Responsible for the Spiritual Maturity of the Church?

Every heard someone complain that your church isn’t “deep” enough? This will help!

#3 How to Develop Young Leaders

Volumes have been written about investing in and developing young leaders. While there are a lot of great resources out there I think often times we over-complicate what it means to develop young leaders. In fact here are four simple steps that Sr. Level Leaders can take to invest in the next generation of leaders.

#4 Join a Leadership Coaching Network

My current Leadership Coaching Network is coming to a close and I’m getting ready to launch a new network this spring for up to 12 church leaders! We’ll be meeting six days over six months beginning in April. This is a coaching experience built around practical systems and tools that will help you take your next steps as a leader. Together we’ll take a look at best practices of growing, healthy churches, and press into tough conversations that will help you get unstuck in your leadership and take steps to see the vision that God has given your church become real.

#5 2013 in the Rear-view Mirror

When you’re in the middle of the daily grind it can be difficult to see what kind of progress you’re making. That’s why it’s helpful from time to time to take a step back, review the ground you’ve taken, and celebrate the wins! After all what gets celebrated, gets repeated! So below are some of the life and ministry highlights that I experienced in 2013!

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New Leadership Coaching Network Starting Soon!

A couple of weeks ago, we opened applications for the new leadership coaching networks that will begin this Spring with The UnStuck Group. The deadline for applications is February 28, but applications have already been coming in and these new coaching networks will probably fill up before then.

Still on the fence about whether or not to participate? Here’s what others have said:

Paul Alexander is a natural leader and a great coach. He’s strategic, constantly learning, and has been very helpful to me in my ministry leadership and management.”
– Mike Work, Vice President of Operations at Youth Specialties

“When I have a leadership question Paul is always one of my first calls. He is a gifted leader and strategist. Paul knows how to ask the right questions to properly diagnosis current systems, and the unique capacity to help teams formulate a plan that is both practical and attainable. Working with Paul has been an encouragement and has stirred in me the desire to be a better leader.”
– Aaron McRae, Senior Pastor of Hillside Community Church in Alta Loma, CA

“Paul Alexander is simply brilliant when it comes to helping pastors and churches get laser-focused on their purpose, process and values. I believe he is one of the top strategic thinkers in the church today. After connecting with him, you will be encouraged, inspired and equipped.”
– Kyle Wall, Senior Pastor of Atlantic Shores Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA

“Paul is a very talented leader who knows how to form and implement strategic plans, while encouraging and building leaders in the process. He is methodical in planning his approach, and builds his processes to include appropriate goals, steps, budgets, and measurement for completion. During my time working with Paul, he demonstrated how to focus on projects and refocus when scope changed or obstacles rose up. While learning from Paul, he made things “reproducible” which has allowed me to keep my teams on task and lead them to do the same.”
– Kerry Dodd, CFO of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA

You can get more details about the next Coaching Network on my website.

What’s next?

Complete the Coaching Network Application. The Phoenix Leadership Coaching Network that I’m leading will be limited to no more than 12 leaders and begins in April 2014. I’d like you to consider joining us. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2014.

Questions? Contact me

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Multisite Church Fast Facts

This past week Jim Tomberlin the founder of MultiSite Solutions stopped by my current Coaching Network to spend some time talking all things Multisite and Mergers. He shared about how the multisite movement that originally began as a “band-aid” solution for megachurches that were out of space has quickly turned into a growth strategy for all kinds and sizes of churches. Below are 15 incredible facts that Jim in partnership with Leadership Network have discovered about the multisite church movement:

  1. There are 5,000 multisite churches vs 1,650 megachurches. In other words, “multi” doesn’t mean “mega.”
  2. 6+ million people attend a multisite church in North America (That means 1 in 10 people who attended a protestant church this past weekend attended a multisite church campus)
  3. 75 of the largest 100 churches in North America have multiple campuses.
  4. 2/3 of multisite churches are denominational churches.
  5. The average size that a church goes multisite is 850.
  6. The average size of a multisite campus is 361.
  7. The average total attendance of a multisite church is 1,300.
  8. One in three multisite churches added a campus through a merger.
  9. One in four multisite churches have a campus in another language.
  10. One in five multisite churches have birthed a “grandchild” campus. In other words a campus that the original campus started, started a campus. Make sense?
  11. One in 10 multisite churches have an online internet campus.
  12. Only half of all multisite churches utilize video to deliver the weekend teaching/preaching.
  13. Only 15% of all multisite churches have 4 or more geographic locations.
  14. The majority of multiste church campuses are within a 30 minute drive of the original campus.
  15. Multisite campuses have a 90 percent survival/success rate.

Interested in being a part of my next Leadership Coaching Network and getting access to great leaders like Jim? Get all the information you need by following this link!

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Meet my New Coaching Network

I’m excited about my next Leadership Coaching Network beginning in a couple of weeks. These are the incredible people that I’ll be sharing life with over the next six months with links to their churches and Twitter or Facebook accounts so you can connect with them.

1. Mat Balagaard, Executive Pastor from Church of Celebration located in Maricopa, AZ

2. Caleb Campbell, Executive Pastor from Desert Springs Bible Church located in Phoenix, AZ

3. Ryan Delviken, Student Ministry Administrative Pastor from Sun Valley Community Church located in Gilbert, AZ

4. David Gantenbein, Student Ministry Pastor from Foothills Baptist Church located in Phoenix, AZ

5. Brett Humphrey, Children’s Ministry Pastor from Sun Valley Community Church located in Gilbert, AZ

6. Rick Millikin, Executive Pastor from Eastridge Church located in Clackamas, OR

7. Dan O’ Donnell, Lead Pastor from Sunrise Chapel of the East Valley located in Gilbert, AZ

Although this coaching network is closed, it’s not too early to apply for the next round. Here are the coaching network details including a link to the application.

In the mean time, say hello to my new friends, check out their church websites and connect with them on Twitter or Facebook!

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