What if succession left you, and the outgoing pastor, and the congregation in a healthier place?
We’ve helped guide 200+ lead pastor transitions. You don’t have to do it alone.
Elevate Your Leadership
The Ascent is a year-long development program designed to engage ministry leaders in transparent conversations and one-on-one coaching with world-class leaders.
Structured around relational cohorts with 6–9 peers, The Ascent helps you grow your skills and develop your character.
With behind-the-scenes access to global leaders, you’ll learn from mentors who can speak into your life with accuracy and insight.
Go deeper with a dynamic circle of peers to expand your skills and find support through trusted relationships.
Listen in on candid conversations with global leaders for insights into their lives and ministries.
Rich VillodasLead PastorNew Life Fellowship
Jud WilhiteSenior Pastor Central Church
NT WrightTheologian, New Testament Scholar, Retired Anglican Bishop
Larry OsbornePastor North Coast Church
Danielle StricklandAuthor, Speaker, Trainer Global Social Justice Advocate
John OrtbergSenior Pastor
Derwin GrayLead Pastor
Carey NeiuwhofTeaching and Founding Pastor
Chris BrownSenior Pastor, North Coast Church
"I have been involved in a lot of cohorts and been invited to many others, but there is nothing out there like the Ascent. The excuse is that no one in leadership really has time for something like this, but the reality is that no one should be taking on the responsibilities of leadership without being in a group like this."
Josh SurrattLead Pastor, Seacoast Church
"Instrumental to my ministry leadership! Everything exceeded my expectations. The best cohort gathering I’ve been a part of."
Kevin QueenLead Pastor, Cross Point Church
"One of the most moving, important, and needed times in my leadership journey."
Jeff DartLead Pastor, Brookside Church
"This has been the opportunity of a lifetime! I can't wait to dive into a second year!"
Aaron BrockettLead Pastor, Traders Point Christian Church
"I have a renewed excitement for ministry each time my cohort meets. I joined a few years ago and keep coming back…it’s like I found my tribe."
Joel ThomasLead Pastor, Buckhead Church
"My experience in the Ascent Cohort has been the single greatest contribution to my spiritual, emotional and practical development as a leader in the most challenging season I’ve faced to date."