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Individual: $149
Group of 2: $278
Group of 3: $387
Group of 4: $476
Group of 5: $545



Leading for Transformation

Fall 2013: September 16 - November 6
Winter 2014: February 3-March 23
Spring 2014: April 17-May 25
Summer 2014: June 9-July 27

Course benefits:  Pastors, ministry directors and individuals leading a team.


This course is for church leaders who care deeply about helping people move forward on the journey toward full, Christ-centered living. During the seven weeks you'll explore some of the most impactful principles and practices you can employ in your own life, in your church culture, and in strategy, in order to best encourage the transformation process in others.

Knowing that most church leaders face hard realities of limited time and resources, you'll look at specific ways you and your church team can help make informed decisions about which programs, activities, and actions are the most strategic for spiritual transformation effectiveness.

The course begins with an introduction to a proven framework churches can use to improve effectiveness in encouraging spiritual transformation. Other lessons focus on how a leader's own spiritual health impacts those they lead and how to keep your own soul healthy while in ministry. Additional weeks will cover healthy and unhealthy cultures, operational issues in a ministry environment, the impact of the Sunday service in the spiritual transformation process, and next steps for integrating what you've learned into your own leadership.

While only God can change a human heart, through interaction with written materials, video teaching, and two interactive classroom experiences, you'll learn ways you can better support the spiritual transformation process—helping men and women who are far from God move toward a full, Christ-centered faith.

LIFT Online Courses launch when minimum class enrollment is fulfilled.

Content Contributors

Nancy Beach – Video Instruction
Served for 25 years as programming director for Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois; author of An Hour on Sunday.


Mike Bonem – Written Materials
President of Kingdom Transformation Partners and co-author of Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey and Leading from the Second Chair.


Dr. Henry Cloud – Audio Instruction
Clinical psychologist, speaker, and author of 19 books, including Bounderies and Integrity.


Mindy Caliguire – Lead Instructor, Video Instruction, Written Materials
Founder and president of Soul Care, a spiritual transformation ministry, and director of transformation ministry at Willow Creek Association.


Harvey Carey – Audio Instruction
Founder and senior pastor of the Citadel of Faith Covenant Church in Detroit, Michigan. Corinne Gunter—Video interview Pastor of Women at Grace Community Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Corinne Gunter – Video Instruction
Pastor of Women at Grace Community Church, Indianapolis, IN


Gary Haugen – Video Interview
Former attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, he is the President and CEO of International Justice Mission.


Bill Hybels – Video Instruction
Founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois.


Tim Keller – Video Instruction
Founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, he is the author of books including The Reason for God and The Prodigal God.


Dan Meyer – Virtual Classroom Instructor
Senior Pastor, Christ Church of Oakbrook, Oakbrook, Illinois.


Aaron Niequist – Video Interview
Musician, composer, and weekend worship leader at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.


Cally Parkinson – Video Instruction
Director of REVEAL for Willow Creek Association and co-author with Greg Hawkins of four books on REVEAL research findings.


Pete Scazzero – Video Instruction/Interview and Written Materials
Founder and senior pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York, he is the author of Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.


Jarrett and Jeanne Stevens – Video Instruction
Lead pastors of Soul City Church in Chicago, Illinois. Jeanne is the author of Soul School and What Lies Beneath.


Dallas Willard – Written Materials
Philosopher, theologian, and biblical scholar, Willard is professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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