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Center for Thriving Leaders

Center for Thriving Leaders

Equipping a Generation of Ministry Leaders

What is the Center for Thriving Leaders?

The Center for Thriving Leaders assists local churches within the Charis Fellowship to flourish by serving church planters and helping local churches renew and revitalize.

The Center, located at Grace Theological Seminary, offers programs to equip and encourage church planters and ministry leaders through mentor-based cohorts, annual events and retreats, ongoing training sessions, a repository of presentation topics, and academic, spiritual, mental, and essential ministry programs.

What we offer

Pastoral Cohorts
We will oversee the development of cohort leaders and general oversight of the groups’ efficiency.

Retreats & Conferences
We will host and participate in intentional gatherings of pastors and church planters for the purposes of edifying and equipping.

Educational Opportunities
We offer masters and doctorate degree concentrations in renewal/revitalization and church planting in traditional hybrid and online modalities.

Ministry Development
We will provide a variety of intentional events for spiritual and leadership growth such as symposiums, colloquiums, reading groups, think tanks, and seminary chapels.

Thriving Leaders Network
We will provide a community of learning, resources, and equipping for ministry leaders through these quarterly events.

Mental and Spiritual Care
We offer counseling services for ministry leadership in all areas of mental and spiritual health.

Essentials in Ministry Training
We offer training courses in non-negotiables in local church ministry that help you to shepherd your people well and safe-guard your church.

Upcoming Events

Dr. Michael Anthony  – Thriving Leaders Network Event Info:
“Emotional intelligence is the synthesis of the heart, mind, and soul of a ministry leader and those who are effective understand how to maintain a healthy balance between them. The lack of emotional intelligence has destroyed more ministry leaders than poor preaching, teaching, or morality combined.” – Dr. Anthony
Let’s learn how to be emotionally healthy ministers of the Gospel and lead healthy ministries that reach people for Jesus!

Dr. Anthony taught non-profit management and leadership studies for 27 years at Talbot School of Theology where he is currently an Emeritus Professor. He served as Vice Provost for Academic Development and Effectiveness at Biola University for nine years.

He has served on staff with five local churches in roles including Interim Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, Family Pastor, and Youth Pastor. He is President of Calibrate Global Consulting, a business that provides leadership development resources to ministry leaders and nonprofit organizations in North America. Most recently he was the COO & CFO at Dream Centers in Colorado Springs where his wife, Michelle, serves as the Executive Pastor to Families at New Life Church. He currently teaches full-time at Dallas Theological Seminary in their EdD program in leadership studies.

He has edited/authored 13 books including The Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education, Management Essentials for Christian Ministries, and The Effective Church Board. He has led over 150 short-term missions’ trips all over the world. He has served twice as the President of the North American Professors of Christian Education. His hobbies include sailing, scuba diving, surfing, and fly fishing. He and Michelle have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Thriving Leaders Network

  • June 19, 2024, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Westminster West Hall
  • November 2024 (date TBD), 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Westminster West Hall
  • January 2025 (Date TBD), 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Westminster West Hall

Charis Fellowship Conference

  • July 9th-11th, 2024 Grace Polaris Church in Columbus, Ohio

Charis Fellowship Focus Retreats

  • Central Retreat October 7-9, 2024
  • East Retreat October 21-23, 2024

Four Things You Can Do To Jump Start the Revitalization of Your Church

1. Be Intentional About Change
Intentional change enhances the impact of our local church efforts in a direct approach to make a difference and manage changes to produce desired outcomes of church health and efficiency.

2. Be Aware of Congregational and Community Culture
The message of the church must be directed and timely for its congregants. It must also be captivating and relevant to speak to
the current culture.

3. Maximize the Gifts of the Church
God has a unique calling and giftedness for each local church. It is imperative to recognize those blessings and maximize their potential for Kingdom impact.

4. Follow Passionately the Leading of the Holy Spirit Within a “now” Context
There are many good ideas but that does not make them God ideas. Following the leading of the Holy Spirit for renewal and revitalization establishes an unshakeable foundation for holistic ministry.

What is the Charis Fellowship?

The Charis Fellowship is a network of churches, campuses and ministries in the USA and Canada who are passionate about Jesus in Truth, Relationship, Mission. And that mission is to start new churches, train leaders and do good for the sake of the gospel.

The Team

Trent Lambert – Director of the Center for Thriving Leaders

Christian Cardoza – Media Director

Julia Peattie – Administrative Assistant

Will Dawson – Digital Media Coordinator


Contact Us:

Phone: 574-372-5100 ext. 6201 or 6430


Address: 200 Seminary Dr, Winona Lake, IN 46590