The Inner Life of an Effective Leader

Lead from your own transformation
April 7 to May 122021

Applications for this course are closed.

There’s a crisis happening today in Christian leadership. Too often, we hear another story of a fallen Christian leader who built a successful outside world while neglecting their inner world, damaging themselves and others. At the same time, other leaders are quietly disappearing from ministry, overwhelmed by the relentless demands and the inability to draw clear boundaries for themselves. 

Failure, burnout, and withdrawal have become the norm for Christian leaders, but it’s not meant to be this way. 

We either transform our pain or transmit it, so at Jesus Collective, our number one priority as Christian leaders is to be intentional about our inner life and leading from our own transformation. And we believe the time is right — especially during a global pandemic — to do this work together. 

Join us for this five-week, cohort-based, relational learning experience and invest in your ongoing internal health to transform yourself and the people & communities you lead.

# Who’s this for?

Leaders in North America, Europe, and beyond who are:

  • Feeling stuck and wanting to take their spiritual growth to the next level
  • Feeling exhausted & overwhelmed with the pressure of ministry leadership and ready to make changes
  • Aware that they can’t ignore their inner world but don’t know where to start
  • Looking to prioritize healthy boundaries and spiritual rhythms in 2021
  • Needing a safe, brave, and supportive community to cheer them on in their inner work

# Together, we’ll explore

  • Practical tools and transformational practices to equip you in Jesus-centred spirituality in your ministry context
  • Your vision for transformation and how it can change the way you navigate difficulty
  • How the true self/​false self tension is central to Jesus-centred transformations
  • How our past impacts our present & future but doesn’t have to sabotage either
  • How paying attention to your emotions can lead to spiritual & relational transformation
  • How to recognize & evaluate your coping strategies & compulsions
  • How to reclaim hope & joy in your own life

# What can I expect?

  • Cohort-based learning and processing
  • Curated resources including podcasts, articles, talks, and books to help you better understand emotional, relational, and spiritual health
  • Group spiritual direction by a professional Spiritual Director/​Coach
  • Curated spiritual practices for reflection and greater awareness of the true self/​false self
  • Relational learning and processing engagement via an online learning platform
  • A safe/​brave community in which participants will be asked to exercise vulnerability and compassionate curiosity
  • Theological diversity in the cohort as we remain committed to being Jesus-centred

# What others are saying

Over the course of the past several years, I’ve felt an increased leadership burden. The Jesus Collective OLC was a game changer for me; I now feel more optimistic in my ministry and leadership.” ‑Evan, Lead Pastor

This is like a treasure I didn’t know I was looking for. When I look back at the monumental moments in my faith, this will be one of them.” ‑Melanie, Pastor 

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# Course Leaders

Who’s leading this Online Learning Collective?

Jon Hand app

Jon Hand

Online Learning Collective Course Facilitator

I’m a third-generation pastor and life-long student of pastoral ministry. I’ve been in pastoral ministry for over 22 years, working as a youth pastor, church planter, denominational leader, consultant to business leaders and churches, pastor to pastors, and transformational coach to Christian leaders. In other words, I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of Christian leadership.


Cyd Holsclaw

Online Learning Collective Course Facilitator

I’ve had many career changes — from professional musician to classroom teacher, outdoor adventure guide to factory worker, foundation administrator to stay-at-home mom, children’s ministry director to pastor. Currently I find great joy in providing spiritual direction and coaching, and I serve as a pastor at a Vineyard Church. I received my spiritual direction training from the Order of Sustainable Faith and am currently working on my Professional Coaching Certification from the International Coach Federation. I coach ministry leaders and other professionals and provide coaching to the Ecclesia Network, Kairos Partnerships, and Gravity Leadership. 

# Course Schedule

April 7 — May 12

Time Investment: 12.75 hrs a week

  • 2 hrs 25 mins — Cohort-based online Zoom gathering
  • 3 hrs — Curated learning resources and reflective practices
  • 5 hrs — Relational processing and learning via online learning platform
  • 1 hr 30 mins — Group spiritual direction in smaller groups of four (times arranged by the weekly availability of the group)
  • 1 hr — Spiritual Practice and self-reflection

Zoom Gatherings (Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:15 PM ET)

  • Kickoff — April 7: Introduction, orientation, laying the relational foundation
  • Week 1 — April 14: What is the True Self / False Self?
  • Week 2 — April 21: What is the evidence of the False Self?
  • Week 3 — April 28: What are the roots of the False Self?
  • Week 4 — May 5: How do we relieve / release the False Self?
  • Week 5 — May 12: How do we live in the True Self?

# Course Costs

Early Bird Rate (before March 7)*
$300 CAD / $235** USD

Regular Rate*

Non-Partners: $350 CAD / $275 USD**
Jesus Collective Partners: $150 CAD / $120 USD**

*plus the purchase of two books
**USD rates are approximate based on current exchange rates

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# Questions?

Contact Jon Hand, Jesus Collective Leadership Development Pastor