Coaching Cohort

Who is in Charge? Clarity About Church Leadership and Polity

January 2023 - June 2023

This 6-month cohort will focus on the qualifications of leaders (pastors, elders, staff, deacons), the roles and responsibilities of these leaders, how to structure a church for both growth and unity, and how to ensure the mission and purpose of the church are executed effectively. Additional attention will be given to the proper use of authority, decision-making, and responding when sin or conflict paralyzes a church.

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Who is in Charge? Clarity About Church Leadership and Polity

January 2023 - June 2023

Is lack of structure hindering your ministry?

You are called to lead and preach God’s word. Don’t allow confusion over church structure hinder your ministry. Your church—no matter the size—will be more effective when you implement what God intended for unity and organization within your church. Learn practical, biblical principles to help you overcome these common obstacles:


❌ Unstructured team
❌ Low growth
❌ Disunity
❌ Conflict in church


We'll help you overcome common leadership issues with these topics

  • Qualifications of leaders
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Ensure mission and purposes are effective
  • Proper use of authority
  • How to make decisions
  • Response to sin or conflict in church

Meet with Brad Waggoner and Your Peers Who Want to Gain Clarity on Leadership and Church Polity

In this cohort, Brad will look at effective ways to gain clarity in leadership and polity. Learn how to evaluate your staff and ensure your roles and responsibilities are aligned with the mission and purpose of the church.  If you want to lead your staff, deacons, lay leaders, or elders effectively this cohort is for you. 

What’s Included?

Cohort led by a subject matter expert

Your cohort leader is Dr. Brad Waggoner, Senior Consultant and Coach.

Monthly live event

Each cohort includes 6 live Zoom events hosted by your leader and attended by 9 other like-minded church leaders.

Private online community

One year of Church Answers Silver includes access to Church Answers Central, our private digital forum with over 1,800 pastors and leaders.

Peer-to-peer learning

Participate in real-time Q&A and learning with others in the cohort and your cohort leader.

Free Book included

Who is in Charge? Leadership, Authority & Decision Making by Brad Waggoner (released in Spring 2023) will be shipped to you when the book is released.

Meet Your Cohort Leader

Brad Waggoner

From 2010 to 2020, Brad Waggoner served as LifeWay’s executive vice president and COO. He also served as the inaugural director of LifeWay Research.

Previously Waggoner served as dean of the School of Leadership & Church Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He joined Southern’s teaching faculty in 1999 and assumed the position of dean in 2001. During his tenure as dean, Waggoner developed and taught several classes on leadership and discipleship in addition to his administrative responsibilities.

Waggoner has served on staff at three Southern Baptist churches in Texas, Ohio, and Kentucky. He received a Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; a Master of Arts from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago; and a Ph.D. from Southwestern.

Waggoner is the author of The Shape of Faith to Come and numerous other publications. He and his wife, Patti, have two sons, Brandt (daughter-in-law Jill and grandsons Judson, John Martin, and Jackson) and Blake.

Topics addressed in the cohort

  • The nature and purposes of the church
  • The roles and requirements of leaders
  • Authority and power: Uses and abuses
  • Decision-making in the church
  • Church membership - standards and equipping
  • Maintaining unity in the church

Brad’s ability to discern what was going on with our transitional time with only a few meetings was helpful. As leaders, we felt affirmed in some directions we were looking to move, and Brad helped us put together a strategy to implement the plan in a God-honoring, clear way. His overview of exactly where we needed to act was what we needed to build consensus and move forward. He gave us clarity as we walked out our roles in leading the church. Brad added value to the process, and we are thankful for him.

Sam Sterk, Elder
Crossroad Bible Church, Grand Rapids, MI

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