In 2022, we’re on a mission to change this. As we move forward in this new season of the local church, our mandate at Leading Second is to equip local churches everywhere to raise up UNCOMMON leaders.
Uncommon leaders shouldn't be so rare.
From Our Founders
When we launched Leading Second a couple short years ago, we saw in our hearts a space that didn’t exist. We felt in our spirits a mandate to give dignity to the second chair, and help leaders cultivate their calling as church builders regardless of where they served on the team.
A couple years in, and Leading Second now has representation in hundreds of churches through thousands of leaders who identify with this clarion call: to build the “big C” Church by championing the vision of their local church. We couldn’t be more grateful.
Now, it’s time to take some big steps forward.
After navigating the pandemic and all the past two years brought us, we have emerged into 2022 with fresh momentum and life in our ministry. From a successful first live event at Leading Second Camp, to a thriving podcast and growing team, we’re grateful for all God is entrusting to us in this season.
Our mandate has never been clearer in our hearts: We exist to equip local churches everywhere to raise up UNCOMMON leaders. The kind of leaders every pastor would kill to have on the team.
We’re preparing to take some big steps forward this year. But, we can’t do it alone.
We’d like to boldly ask you to consider joining our Partner Team at Leading Second. This is a team of churches and individuals who have committed to fuel the vision of Leading Second through prayer and financial support.
With your support, we plan to take our largest steps of faith yet. We’ve outlined them below. We’d highly value your support, and count it an honor to strengthen the local church alongside you.
Heart & Soul,
Brandon & Lindsay Stewart
Thank You Partners!
Because of our great ministry partners, Leading Second’s first four years of ministry have produced Kingdom fruit:
- The launch of a fifth season of the Leading Second Podcast, with 250,000+ downloads from thousands of weekly listeners.
- First successful Leading Second Camp event, with executive level leaders from 70+ churches in 25 US states and Canadian provinces.
- Over 1000 leaders from hundreds of churches impacted through coaching groups and online meet-ups.
- Production of high-quality resources available at no-charge to churches everywhere, with many using them in their leadership development initiatives.
- Development of an all-volunteer team serving this vision every week.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…”
Philippians 1:3-5 NIV
Our Vision for 2022
As we continue to steward this season, we have some big things on our heart. Here’s how we plan to equip local church leaders in 2022:
1. PODCAST & DIGITAL RESOURCES EXPANSION
The Leading Second Podcast consistently sees strong engagement, with thousands of listeners each week. In 2022, we’re believing to take a significant step forward with our resources by:
- Launching a new Digital Resources platform.
Through this platform, we will host regular live events, and create monthly content for use in leadership development efforts in churches everywhere. Consider this a new toolbox for leaders anywhere on the team.
- Launching a new Online Course video platform.
We see a thriving online platform with Leading Second courses, masterclasses from the greatest leaders in the Church, and how-to content for pastors and teams to build effective leadership pipelines.
Your investment will help us to hire team and produce excellent resources consistently 12 months of the year.
2. REIMAGINED COACHING GROUP EXPERIENCE
For leaders who are more seasoned in their leadership journey, coaching is often the difference between good and great. In 2022, we will launch a fresh take on coaching groups specifically for Executive Pastors, Campus Pastors and Lead Team members. We see a 12 month calendar of online and in-person coaching sessions for every participant.
Your investment will help us to build the team necessary to coach and administrate these groups, while keeping the cost affordable.
3. NEW EVENTS
We’ve recently announced our second Leading Second Camp event in February 2023. Through this, and Leading Second Rallies held regionally around the US and Canada, we desire to create spaces for leaders to be equipped practically and transformed spiritually.
Your investment helps us purchase gear and host events from a position of strength, creating environments that truly transform.
4. STRENGTHEN OUR OPERATIONS
We strive to lead a ministry that is healthy at its core. As we expand our staff team and step into new ministry projects, we desire to have a stronger savings and operations base financially.
Your investment will help us add operational expenses to savings.
JOIN OUR PARTNERSHIP TEAM
These gifts will specifically go toward purchasing gear, developing content and producing resources for leaders everywhere.
Goal: $75,000 in one time gifts
Regular monthly gifts are vital, as they help us plan ahead and develop long-term strategies for growth. These gifts will specifically go toward team development and ministry expansion.
Goal: $27,000 additional / month
We’re crazy enough to believe the local church can be stronger and healthier because of the work we’ll do together.
To accomplish this vision, we are officially launching our Partnership Team. This team will be made up of individuals and churches who have committed to come alongside Leading Second in prayer and financial investment in order to fuel our ministry expansion.
In other words, a team of some of the most Kingdom-minded givers on the planet.
EXPANDING OUR TEAM
Leading Second is almost four years old, and is currently supported by a volunteer team of 30+ leaders from across North American. As the ministry grew coming out of the COVID season, our need for greater stewardship became clear. In the fall of 2021, we took a step of faith and hired a Ministry Director, our first full-time team member. We’re dreaming of what future team expansion could look like.
Our heart is for our team to remain heavily volunteer, but to be led and managed with excellence and consistency.
Your financial giving will allow us to continue to build the team we have in our hearts, fueling our vision in greater measure.
If you have it in your heart to involve members of your team on the Leading Second team, please let us know. Consider us an extension of your church’s heart to resource the greater body of Christ.
We have a strong onboarding process that includes lead pastor approval for any ministry involvement. Our aim is that your team’s involvement with Leading Second only strengthens their heart for your local church vision (and never competes).
For more information on our Partnership Team, or for help with your giving, contact us.