PLI is devoted to empowering pastors, spouses and other church leaders for wider influence for the sake of the gospel in their communities and effective leadership in their congregations. Learn more about our vision and process here.


Life is better connected. Connect with others to experience life-giving community and build authentic relationships. We have several learning communities. Find the best fit for you.


We provide a number of resources and materials to educate both our participants and the general public on effective leadership principles.


Interested in how PLI can impact your ministry? We'd love to get to know you and learn how we can empower your ministry.

Learning Communities

What is a learning community?

Widen your leadership influence with focused and strategic training

If you’re like us, you’ve gone to conferences and come back pumped up for mission…but it quickly dies down as the tasks of everyday overtake us. Or, you’ve read a best selling book with great lofty ideas that you promise you’ll implement…but how?

PLI is here to help.  Our Learning Communities are designed to overcome this struggle. You’ll learn and grow personally, as a couple and/or as a team.  You’ll be equipped with the tools you need to lead and feel nurtured and encouraged along the way. As you create a plan unique to your context you’ll have collegial support in putting your plan into practice and receive ongoing support to implement that plan. YOU WON’T GO IT ALONE!

PLI’s program is centered around experience-focused learning, timely and purposeful curriculum, ongoing advocacy and accountability, and coaching. Our participants’ ministries are transformed by working and learning together with like-minded leaders under the guidance of their coach throughout one of PLI’s Learning Communities.  

In a Learning Community you will:

  • – Meet two times per year for two or two and a half years at immersions
  • – With pastor and spouse as full participants
  • – In regional locations
  • – With expert coaching between immersions
  • – That engages key leaders
  • -And provides support for back-home Spirit-led plans

Pastors, spouses and teams trained in one of PLI’s Learning Communities are:

  • – Ready to share their story with non-believers, which leads to HIS story.
  • – Looking to build deeper connections with people.
  • – Prepared to create vibrant communities in their churches and neighborhoods.
  • – People who have identity in Christ, humble hearts and courage to lead.
  • – Pursuing personal and spiritual wellness and healthy life rhythms.
  • – Multiplying leaders who do the same for wider influence in the world.

New Learning Communities Starting Soon

Leadership Essentials 2018 Chicago // Immersion 1

September 20, 2018 - September 22, 2018, Arlington Heights, IL

Senior Leader 2018 Southwest // Immersion 1

October 15, 2018 - October 18, 2018, Palm Springs, California

D2MC 2018 Chicago // Immersion 1

October 25, 2018 - October 27, 2018, St. Charles, Illinois

Leadership Essentials 2019 Houston // Immersion 1

March 21, 2019 - March 23, 2019, Spring, Texas


Leadership Essentials

Because it matters what you build on.  Guiding congregations through the regular rhythms of life together AND launching bold new initiatives in these times can be challenging!

As leaders our eyes are easily attracted to the latest shiny church program that makes the news and seems to be full of promise for our church.   Meanwhile something important—something foundational and important–in our picture cries out for attention and we aren’t aware of it. Change blindness occurs.


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Missional Leader

The church is not in the driver’s seat anymore.  Do you relate? Society continues to marginalize churches and its message of hope in Jesus Christ. At one time, churches were at the center of our cities and communities. More and more, we find ourselves on the fringes and viewed as irrelevant. Henry Cloud said, “Great leaders don’t let their environments change them into helpless thinkers.” Easy to say but how do you do it? How do you find a safe place to even have the conversation?



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Discipleship to Missional Community (D2MC)

Many church leaders concede they are often plagued with a feeling that something is not working because making disciples–and making disciples who make disciples– seems not just hard, but nearly impossible.

They look around and see:

  • A shifting culture that marginalizes the Church
  • Enormous downward pressures on existing ministries
  • The absence of young people – Millennial and Gen X populations

A few summon the courage to question what they might need to do to adjust and adapt. And even fewer choose to act. If you’re a leader who feels this frustration and you want to act, take on the current trend of weak followership of Jesus and learn a new way of being leader and missionary then you should take a look at PLI’s Discipleship to Missional Community (D2MC).


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Senior Leader

When you first started your career, you probably never dreamed you would be supervising as many people as you currently do. Because you excelled in your position, you were promoted to one with more responsibility. You have made the move from leading a team to leading an organization to leading leaders in an organization. Most likely, none of your previous training and education prepared you for this challenge. We get it.


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