Next Generation Pastors
Leader Group

Our next generation pastors are life-long learners desiring mentoring from more seasoned senior pastors and senior executive level leaders as they work through leadership challenges in the early stages of their senior pastor ministry careers.


Leadership Network’s Non-Profit Leader Group is made up of some of the top leaders under 40 making an impact in the non-profit arena. They are a diverse group from across the nation, both in mission as well as their cultural backgrounds. These leaders are beginning to make real waves in the non-profit sector and are coachable, looking for that next step to propel their organizations.

The thing I love about Monica is her many talents. She knows how to take a dream, whether hers or someone else’s, and  truly make it a reality. It’s a rare gift to find someone who not only has the creative, visionary side but also the administration and insight that goes with making something happen. I also am confident that whatever Monica is a part of is guaranteed to be excellent.

Love to the Nations and Abba House Thessaloniki

Monica is somewhat of an anomaly! She is a high capacity leader who is equally creative as she is a systematic. Often times you get one or the other. With her you get both! She has helped us in several ways with our organization. The biggest endeavor was adding structure to our volunteer process- increasing our volunteers from a handful to 60+ ! With this restructuring she created systems that helped our volunteers feel more connected and bought- in to the process. She also created internal systems that helped us to accurately keep track of all our volunteers and first- time visitors. Monica has a down to earth approach, with a CEO mind! 


Young Adult Pastors
Covenant Church



We will meet three times during our Leader Group. These in-person meetings help collaborate with peers and facilitate developing your plan with input from others.

Online Sprint Sessions

Between each meetup, join an online learning session on a key church leadership competency.

Coaching Calls

Between each Meetup, the program director will personally check in with you on a call to coach, support and track with you.

Online Community

As a member, you can join our closed slack group where you can post updates and share your progress with your peers and have access to applicable resources


This experience is based on:

Peer learning from a cohort of accomplished senior pastors on the same journey as you

Expert input from seasoned ministry leaders who can provide mentorship

Personal Action Plans to help you implement your learnings through planning and accountability



Accelerate your leadership

Accelerate your leadership

Develop your leadership capacity to become a more effective leader at home and in your church.

Learn from ministry experts

Learn from ministry experts

Tap into the wealth of experience that seasoned ministry leaders and mentors bring with them.

Grow in key competencies

Grow in key competencies

Get equipped with the right skills to help you increase your effectiveness as a church leader.

Tackle your leadership lids

Tackle your leadership lids

Brainstorm with peers to find creative ways to overcome barriers to your growth as a leader.

Build a personalized roadmap

Build a personalized roadmap

Create a roadmap to help you grow in a way that is unique to your personal and church context.

Develop connections

Develop connections

Meet true peers from other churches and learn from each other’s experiences.


Greg has been with Leadership Network since 1997. He currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, he serves a team of client directors and oversees the organization’s publishing partnerships.

During his time at LN, he has also directed many of the experiences related to multisite churches, Leadership Training Network and spearheaded strategic services for the organization. Greg is also one of the authors of The Multi-Site Church Revolution and A Multi-Site Church Road Trip.

Prior to joining the LN team, Greg was responsible for creating and directing the United Methodist Campus Ministry at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He also served as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Waco, Texas.

Greg and wife, Susan are soon to be empty nesters with their oldest son Daniel at Baylor and their youngest son, Andrew a high school senior.

Greg Ligon
Program Director


Larry Osborne, North Coast Church, Vista, CA
Dave Ferguson, Community Christian Church, Naperville, IL
Bruce Miller, Christ Fellowship, McKinney, TX
Lee Powell, Coach/Consultant
Jim Tomberlin, Multisite Solutions
Dan Kellogg, Gold Creek Community Church, Mill Creek, WA
Steve Stroope, Lake Pointe Church, Rockwall, TX
Mike Quinn, Newbreak Church, San Diego, CA
Michael Fletcher, Manna Church, Fayetteville, NC
Chris Stephens, Faith Promise Church, Knoxville, TN
David Ashcraft, LCBC Church, Manheim, PA
Scott Wilson, The Oaks Fellowship, Red Oak, TX



Here’s a taste of what’s in store for your first meeting…


  • 2:00-3:00pm Registration
  • 3:00-4:30pm Introduction to the Collaborative Learning Process and to one another
  • 4:30-6:00pm How to thrive as new Senior Pastor – mentor panel and group discussions
  • 6:00-8:00pm Dinner together
  • 8:30-9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:00am Your health as a leader
  • 9:30-noon Top Issues: Session 1 (cross leader learning integrated into designed exercises and discussions)
  • Noon-1pm Lunch together
  • 1:00-4:30pm Top Issues: Session 2 (cross leader learning integrated into designed exercises and discussions)
  • 4:30-5:30pm Church Tour
  • 8:30-9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30am Top Issues: Session 3 (cross leader learning integrated into designed exercises and discussions)
  • 10:30-12:00pm Action Planning and mentor/peer feedback



Join peer leaders on this 1-year journey and enjoy these program benefits.

Travel agent assistance to secure lowest travel rates and accomodations possible.

Interactions with fellow high-level leaders

Online Sprint Sessions

Exclusive members-only Slack channel

3 meetups a year

Learnings from seasoned ministry leaders

2 personal
coaching calls


I was new to the Executive Pastor role when I participated in Leadership Network’s Women’s Executive Pastor Leadership Community. Finding women with the same role and struggles I had was a breath of fresh air. It gave me the freedom to function in my role “authentically me”. This hugely supportive network continues to this day.

Executive Pastor
Grace Point Church


About the Program
Follow Up
About the Program

What is the NextGen Pastors Leader Group all about?

Leadership Network’s NextGen Leader Group is made up of some of the top leaders under 40 making an impact in their local church. They are a diverse group from across the nation, both in mission as well as their cultural backgrounds. These leaders are beginning to make real waves in their churches and are looking for that next step to propel their organizations.

What will be my key learnings?

  • Answers and action plans related to the most pressing issues that you and your cohort identify. Staffing, multi-site, leadership development, church expansion, systems and personal soul care issues that keep you up at night.
  • Roadblocks to be avoided.
  • How to best establish your own leadership imprint.
  • How to lead at the next level.

Where and When with the Meetups Take Place?

  • March 10-12, 2020 // The John Maxwell Leadership Center / 12Stone Church / Lawrenceville, GA
  • October 13-15, 2020 // The Church of Eleven22 / Jacksonville, FL
  • March 9-11, 2021 // North Coast Church / Vista, CA

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What are the requirements for this group?

To qualify for this experience, applicants must be:

  • Senior/Lead pastors only
  • 40 years old or younger
  • Church weekend worship attendance is approximately 1000+

Are there limited seats for this program?

Yes, we are accepting only 15 participants in a cohort in order to keep the group small enough for intimacy and large enough for collaboration. 

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What is the price of the program?

We charge a competitive fee of $8000 per participant for the entire 1-year program.  Early registration discount: 5% if registered by December 31, 2019 (ie. $7,600).

What does this price cover?

The program pricing of $8000 accommodates your executive director for the whole program and includes:

-Interactions with fellow high-level non-profit leaders
-Online Sprint Sessions
-Exclusive members-only Facebook group
-3 meetups a year
-Meals during the event
-Learnings from seasoned ministry leaders
-1:1 coaching to help you reach your goals

Does this price cover transportation and lodging?

This fee covers your portion of the program and meals costs for each leader. The remainder of the fee is paid for by the generosity of our Leadership Network donors. This fee does NOT include the cost of: travel, hotel or other travel-related expenses for each meeting.

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Follow Up

Will there be any follow-ups after the meeting?

Yes, there will be 4 online follow-ups between the three physical meetups.

Apart from the coaching calls, is there any way I can contact the director?

Yes, Greg Ligon will be available for 1:1 sessions that each member can schedule as needed throughout the cohort.

Is there a platform where participants can stay connected with their peers?

Yes, a members-only Slack channel

Apply now!

Join the 2020 NextGen Pastors Leader Group and propel your leadership and organization

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