Resilient Leader Initiative

The Resilient Leader Initiative provides a systematic approach to experienced-based leader development in the local church and beyond. Together with reflection on their leadership as experienced by others, reflection on their leadership strengths and the support of a development coach, clergy are able to reimagine ministry for the years ahead.

RLI Coaching Team

Back Row:
Steve James, WNCC; Jack Lawson, WNCC; Chris Schoolcraft, NTXC; Jim Evans, AWFC;
Neil McDavid, AWFC; Allen Bingham, NCC; Regina Moore, NCC; Donnie Wilkinson, LAC; Trish Archer, NCC

Center Row:
Claire Clyburn, NCC; Jan Nicholson Angle, VACC; Nita Crum, SGA; Ashley Thomas, WNCC; Nancy Watson, WNCC; Tami Coleman, KYC; Rich Greenway, NCC

Front Row:
Carol Goehring: NCC, Beth Hood: NCC, Peg Aldridge: WNCC
Not pictured: Kevin Baker: NCC, Kevin Burney:KYC, Doug de Graffenried: LAC and Allison Posell: AWFC

RLI Overview

RLI Course Catalogue


Provocative Hope

This 14-week group will develop and practice key collaborative leadership skills to more fully
articulate and implement the vision and mission of the church.


Leading with Agility

In this course, we will more clearly understand our own leadership skills and grow in our ability to lead
with agility in an ever-changing ministry context.


Spiritual Disciplines: Foundation for Resilient Ministry

This course is designed to offer opportunities for content discussion and reflection, for practice of spiritual disciplines as a group and with a participant partner, and for mutual sharing of ideas and applications to everyday ministry.  


Strengthening Resilience

At the completion of this cohort you will have tools to increase personal resilience and lead in stressful situations.


Creating a Culture of Adaptive Discipleship

This course is designed to help develop leaders in your church who use an Appreciative Inquiry process to continuously refine the culture of your church so that more people engage in relevant practices of discipleship.

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