Church Leadership Hacks: Never Stop Learning

It is an honor leading a healthy, growing church.  Many Sundays I feel like a kite in God’s hurricane.  One of the hacks our team is committed to is that we never stop learning.  When a leader stops learning, they stop leading!

Proverbs 8:11 (and again in 16:16) tells us to gain wisdom, whatever the cost!  I’ve invested a lot of time and money into learning and growing as a leader, which in turn helps Life Church Michigan reach more people far from God.

When a leader gets better, everyone gets better!

Besides reading books and listening to podcasts, the biggest bang for my buck has been spending time with high-impact leaders and receiving coaching.

I want to always maintain a posture of humility and learn from leaders who further down the road in terms of wisdom and experience.  You become who you hang out withI want to learn from the best!

For what it’s worth, here’s a list of coaches who have enhanced my personal leadership in 2017:

  • Bob Goff – Bob spent a day with us at Life Church in April — it was like drinking out of a fire hose!
  • Perry Noble – Perry and I go waaaay back and I deeply appreciate his coaching and mentorship in my life.  Perry’s doing a Free Leadership Event here at Life Church in September and recently released a free e-book on leadership.
  • Bob Franquiz – I’ve known Bob Franquiz and Mark Rodriguez since 2004, but only recently began receiving coaching from them this past year (I’ve posted a ton of my personal notes on my Instagram).  Bob and Mark are helping Life Church develop a solid assimilation and on-going discipleship program that we are rolling out this Fall.  I highly recommend Church Ninja!
  • Chan Kilgore – I’ve known Chan for over a decade, going back to my Acts 29 days.  I spent a couple hours in an Orlando Starbucks with Chan earlier this year just pummeling him with leadership questions — everything he shared with me has helped elevate our environments at Life Church.

Jonathan is the founding pastor of Life Church Michigan.

You can get his new book at

He once bought pantyhose with Tina Fey (true story).