Leader Development


The ABNWT District values the on-going development of leadership in churches and ministries.  Along with various District events that are available to help leaders develop, browse the tabs below to find more information about development opportunities.

LEAD Seminars

Leadership Enhancement & Development

The defining statement for the District value CONNECTION states: “We will build courageous, life-giving relationships”. This value relates to the mission of calling forth PAOC leaders to create a Spirit-led, courageous, healthy church movement. One of the resources the ABNWT is using for building the leadership life of District Pastors and Ministers is the Leadership Enhancement and Development Seminars, often referred to as LEAD. Annually, there are a variety of seminars that focus on specific leaders and specific areas of leadership. They will be held in several locations to allow for maximum attendance.

View Upcoming LEAD Courses


The ABNWT District Leadership Team has approved a Sabbatical Leave Policy for the District Executive Officers.  This policy is being offered to PAOC ABNWT District Churches and Ministries to consider for the Credential Holders serving them. The purpose of the sabbatical leave is to allow the individual to pursue a plan of personal renewal and growth in cooperation with the Holy Spirit that may combine study, travel, relaxation, education and research. More importantly it is an opportunity for those who have given consistently of themselves in teaching and ministry to refill their own hearts and resources in order that they might continue to lead their congregation.

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Life Coaching is one of the most effective transformative processes for the development of leaders.  Coaching has shown to have produced significant results in the areas of efficiency, productivity and effectiveness.  It brings focus, intentionality and direction through various coaching tools such as values assessment, goal setting, accountability structures, life purpose statements, and perspective wheels;  just to name a few. Working with a coach can assist you to envision an inspiring future, and make a plan to get you there! Your coach can walk you through the process of defining your core values, and crafting a life purpose statement that reflects who you were born to be. Through active listening, challenging, and asking great questions, the coach seeks to draw the answer out of the client.  It’s a unique time where the coach is totally reliant on the client to be the expert and come up with their own plan Coaching is not limited to face-to-face meetings. Coaching can be very effective over the phone or Skype. The ABNWT District values and endorses Life Coaching as a means of leadership development for their Credential Holders.  Following is a list of Coaches from our District family who have completed an approved International Coaching Federation (ICF) training program:

Jenny Dannhauer jendann@telus.net 403-820 8736
Mary-Lynn Fraser ml@compasscoachingforlife.com 780-835-3001 or 780-772-1004
Paul Fraser paul@abnwt.paoc.org 780-426-0190 ext. 239
Lorne McAlister lorne@coachlorne.ca 780-992-0418
Rob Petkau rob@genesis-coaching.ca 780-862-4400 Website & Brochure

We encourage you to contact one of them and check out how coaching can assist you to develop your leadership. The District will provide financial assistance for qualifying Credential Holders seeking to develop and enhance their leadership through sessions with a qualified Coach. To download the Coaching Financial Assistance Policy & Application click the button below. Download Application


The ABNWT District has provided financial assistance for qualifying Credential Holders pursuing further education at a graduate level in ministry-oriented studies related to their ministry involvement. To download the Scholarship Policy & Application as a fillable pdf, click the button below.

Download Application

Vanguard College is now offering programs for formal Graduate Studies.  Please visit the Vanguard College website for more information.


Healthy Teams

Ministering on a team is a valuable setting where a minister can experience and grow in being healthy spiritually and emotionally.  Whether you are the primary leader or a supporting member of the team, your function on the team relates to understanding what creates the greatest health among those who minister together for a common purpose. The resources contained in this section will assist in developing a healthy team environment and can be applied to a variety of teams in a church community or ministry setting. A report was presented at the 2012 District Conference by a task force established by the District Executive Committee to bring recommendations for building healthy pastoral teams.  To view the report that was presented which Core Values and Best Practices for healthy pastoral teams click the button below.

Download Whitepaper Visit Healthyteams.org


Recommended Reading from Director of Leader Development and Care:

  • Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership – Ruth Haley Barton
  • Courageous Leadership – Bill Hybels
  • Leading on Empty – Wayne Cordeiro
  • Replenish – Lance Witt
  • Sifted – Wayne Cordeiro with Francis Chan and Larry Osbourne
  • Addicted to Busy – Brady Boyd
  • A Tale of Three Kings – Gene Edwards
  • Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership – Gary McIntosh & Samuel Rima
  • Ordering Your Private World – Gordon MacDonald
  • The Emotionally Healthy Leader – Pete Scazzero
  • The Power of Team Leadership – George Barna
  • Leadership Pain – Samuel R. Chand
  • The Maxwell Leadership Bible (NIV) – John Maxwell
  • Spiritual Leadership – Henry & Richard Blackaby


  • Four Faces of a Leader – Bob Rhoden
  • Pastors of Promise – Jack Hayford
  • Pastors at Risk – H.B. London and Neil B. Wiseman
  • Preventing Ministry Failure – Michael Todd Wilson and Brad Hoffmann
  • Success Kills – Wayde Goodall
  • Why Great Men Fall – Wayde Goodall


  • One Way Love – Tullian Tchividjian
  • Safe Haven Marriage – Archibald Hart and Sharon Hart May
  • The Meaning of Marriage – Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller
  • Marriage on the Rock – Jimmy Evans
  • Approval Addiction – Joyce Meyer
  • When Work and Family Collide – Andy Stanley
  • Beyond the Shades of Gray – Dean Bailey


  • Battlefield of the Mind – Joyce Meyer
  • Breaking Intimidation – John Bevere
  • The Fruit of the Spirit – Wayde Goodall and Thomas Trask
  • Enemies of the Heart – Andy Stanley
  • Fresh Power – Jim Cymbala
  • The Return of the Prodigal Son – Henri Nouwen
  • Under Cover – John Bevere
  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – Peter Scazzero
  • The Bait of Satan – John Bevere
  • Boundaries – Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire – Jim Cymbala
  • God in My Everything – Ken Shigematsu
  • Emotionally Free – Grant Mullen