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PLI is devoted to empowering leaders for wider influence for the sake of the gospel in their communities and effective leadership in their ministries. Learn more about our vision and process here.


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Ministries are Complex. Get the senior leadership tools and skills to lead effectively and thrive in your ministry!

The complexities of ministry leadership are dynamic to say the least.  As a new or current senior leader you are expected to effectively lead through the many facets and challenges of your organization, and in some sense be prepared for “what’s next.”  

No matter where you are in your leadership journey, PLI’s Senior Leader ministry training can give you the tools and senior level skills to successfully lead your organization toward a thriving, healthy, and growing ministry. You’ll learn from speakers like Tod Bolsinger, Senior Congregational Strategist and Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of Canoeing the Mountains, and you’ll gain actionable skills via immersive training with your peers in a supportive setting.

You’ll learn senior-level skills for:

  • Thinking strategically. 
  • Adapting to social, economic, and cultural shifts.
  • Resourcing financial needs. 
  • Cultivating strong, healthy governance.
  • Building strong & effective teams, staff engagement, and optimal hiring practices. 
  • Creating ministry movement to realize God’s vision for your context.
  • Leading in a post-pandemic, post-Christendom landscape.

You’ll become:

  • A more empowering leader who can cast vision and inspire others.
  • A more knowledgeable leader who can speak into the various areas of the ministry with confidence.
  • A more insightful leader who can navigate the sensitive intersection between the administrative-side and the ministry-side of your organization.
  • A more resourceful leader who can recognize opportunities and gather the means to meet them.
  • A more multiplying leader who can expand the impact of the gospel beyond the four-walls of the church or organization you lead.

“PLI Senior Leader equipped me with the leadership skills and relational support that are critical to leading a missional church through today’s rapidly changing landscape.  The experience I had was truly transformational; I moved from a strong desire to quit pastoral ministry to a deep sense of calling to serve and lead God’s people in mission.”  – Paul Schult, Pastor, Redeemer Redwood City

This is transformational leadership training!

PLI has been at the forefront of training senior Christian ministry leaders for the past 20 years. This is not your everyday conference… not simply your traditional training.  This is transformational leadership training that will benefit you, your organization, and your family.  Yes, your family.   We know you’re likely not leading alone, so we strongly encourage you to come with your spouse (at no additional cost). PLI is one of the few training opportunities where we honor both you and your spouse, so you both benefit. 

Our Senior Leader training is specifically designed for you – senior Christian ministry leaders, or those preparing to become senior leaders, and their spouses, who are looking for a more in-depth training experience that provides biblically-based skill sets, encompassing all aspects of leading a ministry.

The truth is, the world has changed.  As a senior ministry leader, you need the necessary leadership skills to adapt, respond, and thrive both personally and professionally!

Invest in yourself. Invest in your ministry. Invest in your future.

Want to know more?

I’m interested.  Please contact me ASAP!

Or, Click the button below to schedule a call with Raechel, our Connections Director. She can answer any questions, or help you register. 

The Journey starts October, 24 – 28 in Nashville, TN

  • An 18 month commitment
  • A total of four immersions, held twice a year, with each lasting four days. 
  • Two executive-level group coaching sessions in between each immersion, for a total of six.

At the end of every immersion experience, you will leave with a personal strategic plan to grow in your own leadership development.   

It is a journey worth taking!

Rev. Dave Ficken, PLI’s North American Director, provides a few words of encouragement, what to expect from PLI’s Senior Leader training, and why it is a worthwhile next step to invest in yourself, your organization, and your future!

Featured Speakers for Immersion 1

Tod Bolsinger Senior Congregational Strategist and Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of Canoeing the Mountains, and It Takes A Church To Raise a Christian.

Jim GalvinFounder of Galvin & Associates, Inc., an organizational consultant and coach specializing in strategy, governance, and change, and author of Maximizing Board Effectiveness, and I’ve Got Your Back.

Justin Hannemann

Justin Hannemann M.Div, Ph.D., LIMHP, LMFT, CEO, Gracepoint Institute for Relational Health.