Master the art of second-chair leadership

in an interactive an immersive a proven coaching experience.

Year One

A 12-month journey to renew your clarity and develop your capacity.

Year Two

Continue your journey to master the art of second-chair leadership.

Who are
Coaching Groups for?

Leading Second Coaching Groups are for executive pastors, campus pastors, and lead team members. These groups are for you if you want to…


Stretch your leadership capacity and gain tools for immediate application.

Develop personal leadership rhythms to help carry the weight of ministry with your pastors.

Join a tribe of thriving, like-minded leaders and grow your network with other leaders serving in similar roles.

Upon completion of this season of Coaching Groups, you will be empowered to better lead & serve your church and have a supporting network of leaders to help you run strong for the Kingdom.

Leading the Way

We’ve gathered some of the best leaders from across the Church to be a part of this immersive coaching experience. You’ll learn mastery of your skills and be pushed to be your best.

Contributor (Year 1 & Year 2)

Brandon Stewart

Founder // Leading Second

Alongside his wife Lindsay, Brandon fiercely believes in the power and potential of a healthy local church. Believing that healthy teams are essential to thriving churches, they began to pioneer a new community of church leaders built around the heart of servant leadership. From this belief, they founded Leading Second which exists to equip an engaged community of UNCOMMON church builders. Firmly planted at Champions Centre in Tacoma, WA, they have given their lives toward this cause. He’s given his drive and his effort to the success of the Team Church Conference and tribe, as well as coaching pastors, leaders, and teams across North America. Brandon is the Team Church Director as well as the founder of Leading Second.
Contributor (Year 1 & Year 2)

Kevin Gerald

Champions Centre

Kevin and Sheila Gerald are the Founders and Lead Pastors of Champions Centre, one of the largest congregations in the Pacific Northwest. Whether speaking on a platform or writing his next book, Kevin Gerald encourages others using practical biblical principles for living a successful life. When not co-pastoring with his wife, Sheila, he enjoys sports, being a papa, and exploring the great outdoors.
Contributor (Year 1)

Dr. Anna Morgan

Word of Life Church

Dr. Anna Morgan has been in pastoral ministry for twenty years.  She supports the development of church leaders. She is married to John Morgan and has three daughters. She pastors Word of Life Church along with her husband.  Anna holds an M.A. in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Missiology focused on developing women in church leadership.
Contributor (Year 1)

Larry Brey

Elevation Church

Larry and his wife Janet were one of the original eight families that sold their homes, quit their jobs and moved to Charlotte to start Elevation Church in February of 2006. Over the past 15 years the church has seen incredible blessings growing into a worldwide ministry and over 20 physical locations. He’s served in multiple roles of leadership driving the culture of the ministry and developing the future leaders within the church. Additionally, he’s leading the charge to share the experiences Elevation has learned along the way with the hope of encouraging and equipping other churches and pastors.
Contributor (Year 2)

Jason Warman

CoastLife Church

Jason is the Lead Pastor of CoastLife Church in beautiful Venice, FL. “Not a typical situation,” probably best describes Jason and CoastLife Church. In June of 2010 CoastLife Church was replanted in the midst of the ruins of a previous church that had metaphorically collapsed. While all of his friends were planting churches he decided to take an existing church of 15 people the average age of Methuselah and see what God could do with it.
Contributor (Year 2)

Josh Bingle

Genesis Church

Pastor Josh Bingle is the lead pastor of Genesis Church in Spokane, WA and is passionate about building the kingdom of God through the local church. Alongside his wife, Carly, and their team, Pastor Josh endeavors to equip people to live out the fullness of God’s call in their world. Pastor Josh and Carly enjoy time with friends, family, and their three children- Solomon, Ruth, and Ezra.

Why Coaching

The Church needs healthy, thriving second-chair leaders. Coaching is often the difference between good and great. Leading Second Coaching Groups are the environment we will use to equip you to walk in your God-given calling and bring excellence to your unique role.

Through this 12-24 month coaching journey, our commitment is to walk alongside you and help you to grow in your leadership in the second-chair. Our heart is to see you begin to thrive in your leadership and give you the tools to maintain strength as you lead.

Leadership doesn’t have to be lonely. Our prayer is that you would see that you’re not alone. We see a collective of peers in passion. Peers who want to get it right for their pastors, for their churches, and ultimately for Jesus. We are creating an atmosphere for leaders to come together, be challenged and stretched, and develop deeper relationships that will help them to stay the course in ministry.

Interested in Joining
Leading Second Coaching Groups?

Applications for the 2023-2024 season are now closed. Interested in Coaching Groups in the future? Join the waitlist. (Coming soon.)


What are Leading Second Coaching Groups?

Leading Second Coaching Groups are a 12-24 month leadership development program for church leaders featuring monthly coaching sessions and a retreat for Coaching Group participants in late November-early December, 2023.


Year One is for first time Coaching Group participants. Year Two is for participants who have completed Year One of Coaching Groups who want to continue their journey of learning how to master the art of second-chair leadership.

What is the difference between Year One & Year Two?

Year One is for first time Coaching Group participants. This is a 12-month coaching experience which includes monthly coaching Zoom calls, 3 group sessions with your cohort, 3 1:1 sessions with your coach, and an in-person Summit in Phoenix, AZ.


Year Two is for participants who have completed Year One of Coaching Groups who want to continue their journey of learning how to master the art of second-chair leadership. Year 2 is a 12-month coaching experience which includes monthly coaching Zoom calls, 3 group sessions with your cohort, 3 1:1 sessions with your coach, an in-person Summit in Phoenix, AZ, plus an additional onsite observation/training in Seattle, WA.

Do I have to work at a church to apply for Leading Second Coaching Groups?

Leading Second Coaching Groups are for leaders in church ministry. Paid or volunteer staff members are welcome to apply. Our cohorts are designed for Executive Pastors, Campus Pastors, and Lead Team members. We believe that anyone serving their church can lead second. When stating “second-chair”, we are referencing the spirit of leading second, not just a leader sitting in the second seat on the org chart.

When are the meeting times for Coaching Groups?

For both Year 1 & Year 2, group meetings happen once per month on Thursdays.

To find the full schedule for each, see the “SCHEDULE” section on the Year 1 and Year 2 pages.

How many leaders are in each cohort?

Each cohort will be intentionally small with a coach dedicated to just their cohort.  We are creating a space for leaders to grow deeper relationships and have the ability to be coached on a personal level.

When are the next cohorts happening?

Leading Second Coaching Groups are launching in September 2023. Applications are open now. You can apply for Year One or Year Two on their respective pages.

What is needed to apply to join a Leading Second Coaching Group cohort?

Before applying to join Leading Second Coaching Groups, please review the following requirements for applications:

–  3-5 minute video testimony
–  Completion of the coaching groups application including a 500 word essay
–  2 References (Peer & Direct Report)
–  $25 nonrefundable application fee

When will I know that I’ve been accepted for Coaching Groups?

Once your application and non-refundable application fee have been received, you will receive final notice of the status of your application via email within 3 weeks.

What are the time commitments for being in Coaching Groups?

Participants can expect to spend 4-8 hours a month on Coaching Groups. Each month (besides December due to the in-person summit) will feature a teaching lesson, a 90-minute coaching session, and tools & practices to put into action in their leadership. There will be an in-person leadership summit in Phoenix, AZ in late November – early December, 2023. Participants will be expected to travel to Phoenix and be present for this summit.

Can I choose my coach or cohort?

Coaches and cohorts will be assigned at the discretion of Leading Second. We will be praying and applying wisdom to best match leaders to the cohorts and coaches that will benefit them the most. All decisions on coaches and cohorts will be final.

Are there sponsorships or scholarships available?

Many churches have special budgets for pastoral staff to attend conferences and buy reading materials to develop their ministry skills. If Leading Second Coaching Groups sound like something that would be a great fit but you’re not sure how funding would work, consider writing an email to your supervisor or elders and ask if there might be a ministry development fund that could be applied towards this program.


If you are part of a church-plant and are interested in Leading Second Coaching Groups, but are unable to get funding through your church, reach out to us at and tell us your story. We’d love to talk through possible solutions for funding.

Is the in-person summit required?

Participants in Leading Second Coaching Groups are required to attend the in-person leadership summit in Phoenix, AZ on November 29-December 1, 2023. Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and transportation. Food, refreshments, and admission to the summit are included in your registration cost.

What are the dates and location for the in-person summit?

The in-person leadership summit will be on November 29-December 1, 2023 in Phoenix, AZ. The venue for meetings will be determined at a later date. Participants are responsible for their own lodging.

What if I still have questions?

Reach out to us via email at with your questions. Our team would be happy to help you with any questions you may have.