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Discerning Missional Leadership

We want to every new worshiping community leader to flourish in their work and their lives. Regardless of how things go for your new worshiping community, our hope is that you’ll see this season of your life as one in which you experienced growth personally, spiritually and vocationally. The 1001 assessment programs are designed to help you identify your path for flourishing.

Our Discernment Tools

Missional Leadership Quiz (MLQ)

Considering a call to lead something new? Take this free self-assessment developed in-house by 1001 to learn a bit about your possible orientation to NWC leadership.

You will be learning about your preliminary readiness in the following dimensions:

  • motivational fit and missional readiness

  • entrepreneurial readiness

  • emotional resilience and grit

  • spiritual readiness

Exploring Missional Leadership Event (EML)

A daylong introduction to the skills and competencies necessary to start a new worshiping community.


Attending an EML can serve as a training opportunity for NWC leadership teams, mid council leaders and commissions, and individuals in the early stages of discerning a call to start a new worshiping community. Looking for a way to inspire or nurture curiosity about the movement, this is a great place to start.

Discerning Missional Leadership Assessment (DML)

Ready for a more comprehensive assessment? Discerning Missional Leadership is a three- to four-day, in-person opportunity offered around the country several times each year for current or potential NWC leaders.


DML assessments give you a chance to get to know others as you work in teams and reflect on your gifts and goals. You’ll come away with insight and a plan for next steps.

Harland Redmond, Organizing Pastor 

Interwoven Church

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I am forever grateful for the DML conference and the impact it had on my personal and professional growth. If you're currently discerning your journey as a leader in ministry, I highly recommend attending this conference. It will provide you with the necessary tools, insights, and inspiration to navigate your path with confidence and purpose.
  • What is coaching? What is the role of a coach?
    Coaching is a powerful conversation set aside for a specific type of listening, planning, and discernment. Through a supportive yet challenging manner the coach facilitates a space and asks questions that move the client along a path toward fulfillment of their goals and dreams. The client always remains the expert! Most new worshiping community leaders do not provide enough time in their schedules for reflection. Moreover, the nature of their ministry and work is often filled with the chaos of constant decision-making and transition. During coaching sessions, the client (the NWC leader) receives the attention of an individual trained to evoke the type of questions and hold space that allow the NWC leader to discover, clarify and align with God’s mission in a particular context. 1001 NWC utilizes the training and accreditation of the global standard in coaching, the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Click here for a list of the Core Competencies that we demonstrate and practice.
  • How much does coaching cost?
    In our network, we recommend a base rate of $1500 per 12-month contract for new worshipping community leaders. This includes, typically, one, 60-minute coaching session per month. Coaching contracts can be for a shorter duration, or more intensive. Coaching fees can be covered by the NWC, presbytery, leader, or through grants or general funds. If you are in need of a coach, please don't let funding be a hindrance. Reach out to Jeff.
  • Can anyone get a coach? Do I have to be an NWC leader with 1001 to use this network?
    Anyone can benefit from coaching! At 1001, we are so passionate about the benefit of coaching that we have trained and supported over 100 coaches in our network. Sure, the majority of our coaches have clients who are NWC leaders. But coaching is a very useful resource that can benefit other pastors, organizational leaders, teams, or anyone in search of more support as they discern through a transitional time in their life. Think you might benefit from coaching? Go ahead at fill out this form! If another type of resource is more appropriate for your life or situation, we are ethically and professionally obligated to refer you to a different resource.
  • Is coaching required for leaders in the 1001 NWC network?
    While coaching is not required at the Seed Grant Level for NWC leaders, it is encouraged. There are so many decisions to be made as an NWC leader, even before an NWC officially starts. We encourage you to fill out this form to explore a free coaching session with one of our coaches to see what it's like. To be eligible for a second-level (Investment) and third-level (Growth) grant with 1001 NWC, you will be asked to verify your coach. It is not required that your coach be a part of the 1001 NWC network, but it is required that you have a coach to receive second and third-level grant funding. If you'd like to explore our coaching process, please fill out this short survey, and Jeff will be in touch!
  • How does the coach matching process work within 1001?
    The first step is to fill out this form. Tell us about yourself, your project, and anything else you'd like us to know about what kind of coaching relationship might serve you best. Jeff will then facilitate an introduction via email between you and a prospective coach (or more than one). That person will set-up a sample, free coaching session with you so you can get a feel for what coaching would be like together. After the session, you let us know how you'd like to proceed. If you're ready to get started, you can set up a coaching covenant directly with your coach, and schedule your next session! At any point during your coaching experience please be in touch with Jeff for any support or questions!
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