The second phase of leadership training is designed to provide the leadership trainee with the opportunity to develop further theological depth (head), practical ministry experience (hands), and a strong spiritual foundation (heart) that is needed to successfully equip others to do the work of ministry over a long period of time. Typically, this process takes at least 36 months, but can vary based on the person and their background.


The Heart: The Leader’s Spiritual Development

  • Personal Spiritual Disciplines
  • Bible Intake
  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • Scripture Memorization
  • Serving
  • Evangelism
  • Stewardship
  • Fasting
  • Silence and Solitude
  • Special Attention: The Nine Aspects of Galatians 5:22-23

The Head: The Leader’s Biblical Foundation

  • Overview of the Old Testament
  • Overview of the New Testament
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Church History
  • Hermeneutics
  • Missions and Church Planting
  • Homiletics and Storying
  • Family Ministry and Counseling
  • Worship Leadership

The Hands: The Leader’s Administrative Responsibility

  • God’s Call to Ministry
  • The Pastor’s Character
  • Shepherding God’s Flock
  • Ordinances
  • Developing Leaders
  • Mentoring
  • Community Engagement
  • Church Finances
  • Church Discipline

Interested in Step Forward?

  • Start dates - Custom

  • Workload - 20-30 hours per week involving study and practical ministry.

  • Cost - Variable, depending on church ability to pay and leadership trainee's ability to raise support.

Interested or have questions? Contact Pastor Ryan Frank at

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The Berheim Family

Brett, Qwyn, & Liberty

First, a big thank you! From the beginning of Involve Church we have served in Youth Ministry and we are forever grateful for the support we have received from friends and family. We love every minute with students and spending time praying for them during the week. As we have continued in ministry we have been praying for God to use us and take our complete life into His hands. Involve Church is passionate about creating future leaders in the church. Due to the decreasing number of future Pastors and the increase in tuition Involve Church has developed the Step Forward program to train up leaders and Pastors. We’re excited that... [more from Berheim family].

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