Lead St. Louis is an intentional 2 year process to develop pastors and other church leaders.  Groups are limited in size to 12 and each participant is given a coach to help mentor them along the journey. The groups meet monthly for 1/2 days to discuss a book or diagnostic instrument, in order to apply them and develop their leadership skills.

The four semesters in the process are as follow:

Personal Leadership – Just like Jesus spent most of his life preparing for his 3 year ministry, leaders must develop their walk with God and manage their own lives before they effectively lead others.  Resources for this section include Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard, Getting Things Done by David Allen, Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders, Strengthfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath and Overcoming The Dark Side of Leadership by Gary McIntosh and Samuel Rima.

One-on-One Leadership – Jesus gave many examples of relation with people one-on-one, whether it be the woman at the well or restoring Peter after Peter had denied Him three times. Resources for this section include the Biblical DISC Profile, The Peacemaker by Ken Sande, Developing the Leaders Around You by John C. Maxwell and Gospel Coaching by Scott Thomas and Tom Wood.

Team Leadership – Jesus spent the majority of His time developing a group of 12 men who would take up His ministry after He left this earth. Resources for this section include The Performance Factor by Pat Macmillan, Doing Church as a Team by Wayne Corderio, The Birkman Profile and Present Future by Reggie McNeal.

Church/Strategic Leadership – As Jesus called upon His disciples to carry out the Great Commission, Pastors are called upon today to lead their churches to reach their cities, nation and world for Christ.  Resources for this section include Missional Renaissance by Reggie McNeal, Transformational Church by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer and Advanced Strategic Planning by Aubrey Malphurs.