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Strategic Leadership Community

You have a calling to lead. We’ll help you find the confidence. 

Get the skills and support you need to gain clarity – and grow the Kingdom. 

Up your leadership quotient.

Learn the philosophy and framework of strategic leadership.

Join a like-minded community.

Grow with other pastors and leaders through in-person workshops and digital coaching.

Unleash for effective ministry.

Build a lasting culture of involved and intentional leadership in your church or organization.

Lead with intention – not intuition.

You’ve got a vision for your ministry, but you may not know exactly how to get from where you are to where you’re going. By learning the principles of STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP, you’ll have the tools you need to bring your entire team to the table and set a clear course for your ministry’s future.

Meet Kevin and Josh.

Leaders who’ve been there, training leaders who last.

Dr. Kevin Peck

Lead Pastor, The Austin Stone

Kevin Peck is the Lead Pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX.

He works to bring strategic leadership, strong teams, and a passion for developing leaders to the local church. He serves as an adjunct professor, investing in Masters and Doctoral leadership students, and coaches dozens of senior leaders every year through Strategic Leadership Communities with Lifeway Leadership.

He completed his doctoral work in Executive Leadership at Southern Seminary and he co-wrote “Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development”.

He is married to Leslie and together they have 3 beautiful girls – Ellie, Halle, and Ivey.

Dr. Josh Patterson

Lead Pastor, The Village Church

Josh Patterson serves as a Lead Pastor at The Village Church in Flower Mound, TX.

He is passionate about discovering, developing, and deploying the potential in leaders for the sake of the Kingdom. He works toward this end at The Village Church through coaching and leading in Strategic Leadership Communities with Lifeway Leadership, and investing in seminary doctoral students.

Josh received his Doctorate in Executive Leadership from Southern Seminary and is also a co-author of the book “Creature of the Word” along with Matt Chandler and Eric Geiger.

Josh and his wife, Natalie, are the proud parents of Lily, Luke, Liv, and Lucy.

2022 Dates + Pricing

SLC Virtual 2022

  • 9-week Virtual Cohort
  • Hosted by Kevin Peck and Josh Patterson
  • Special Guest Teachers
  • Strategic Tools and Development

Dates: August 11 – October 6

  • Meeting Every Thursday from 8am – 10am CST

Cost: $900

In SLC Virtual, you’ll get great content and coaching from Kevin and Josh, as well as from guest teachers. You’ll be developed as a strategic leader, garner best practices, expand your learning network, have space to dream and navigate challenges, and receive a one-year membership to MinistryGrid!

SLC Vintage 2022

  • In-person Cohort with 3 Gatherings
  • Hosted by Kevin Peck and Josh Patterson
  • Strategic Tools and Development

Cohort 2 Dates: Oct 12 – December 2

  • Gathering 1 is in Austin, TX on October 12-14, 2022
  • Gathering 2 is in Dallas, TX on November 9-11, 2022
  • Gathering 3 is in Nashville, TN on November 30-December 2, 2022

Cost: $3,000 (Individual) or $5,000 (Team of 3)

In SLC Vintage, you’ll get everything offered in SLC Virtual, but in an in-person setting on-site at The Austin Stone, The Village Church, and Lifeway. You’ll have space to navigate challenges, be immersed in strategic development and best practices, and get a one-year membership to MinistryGrid.

You’ll also hear from

Guest Speakers

Matt Chandler

Lead Pastor, The Village Church Matt Chandler serves as Lead Pastor at The Village Church in Flower Mound, TX. He came to The Village in December 2002 and describes his tenure as a replanting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. Matt is currently involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. He serves as president of Acts 29, a worldwide church-planting organization. Over the last 10 years, Acts 29 has emerged from a small band of brothers to over 600 churches in the United States and around the world. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to Lauren and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid, and Norah.

Aaron Ivey

Pastor of Worship & Creativity, The Austin Stone Aaron Ivey is the Pastor of Worship at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, where he pastors a team of worship leaders, artists, storytellers, and musicians. Aaron has written and produced ten worship albums, and has written hundreds of congregational worship songs that are sung all over the world.  Passionate about mentoring and developing young leaders and world changers, Aaron spends much of his time communicating on topics of leadership, theology, art, and culture. He and his wife Jamie have been married for seventeen years, and have four children, Cayden, Amos, Deacon, and Story.

Jen Wilkin

Author and Bible Teacher Jen Wilkin is an author and Bible teacher from Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. An advocate for Bible literacy, her passion is to see others become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. You can find her at

Eric Geiger

Senior Pastor, Mariners Church Eric Geiger is the Senior Pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Before moving to Southern California, Eric served as senior vice-president for LifeWay Christian. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. Eric has authored or co-authored several books including the best-selling church leadership book, Simple Church. Eric is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters: Eden and Evie. During his free time, Eric enjoys dating his wife, taking his daughters to the beach, and mountain biking.

Dhati Lewis

Lead Pastor, Blueprint Church Dhati Lewis is the lead pastor and church planter of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and vice president of Send Network with the North American Mission Board. He earned his Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctorate of Ministry in Great Commission Mobilization from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dhati is father to seven and husband to Angie. He is the author of both the Bible studies and books, Among Wolves: Disciple-Making in the City and Advocates: The Narrow Path to Racial Reconciliation. 

Need a customizable option?

We offer SLC Custom – a customizable experience for you and your team. Whether it’s for a retreat, seminar, or strategy meetings, we’re here for you!

What other leaders are saying


Most Pastors are well-equipped to preach but woefully under-equipped to lead with strategic vision. This cohort has been one of the best investments I’ve made to grow as a leader.
Mark Vance

Lead Pastor, Cornerstone Church

I have been challenged to expand the way I strategically think, process information, and approach challenges. My participation in SLC has been a defining moment in my leadership development.
Beth Bowman

Executive Director, Journey Church

Kevin and Josh are incredibly gifted at helping you accurately diagnose the health of your ministry and they equip you with the tools to chart a path towards greater effectiveness in your leadership.
Afshin Ziafat

Lead Pastor, Providence Church

Sign up for SLC Virtual or SLC Vintage – either way, you’ll get help to become the leader you want to be.

We can’t wait to meet you.

If you want to continue the conversation and get the training you’re looking for, apply today!