The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel Coalition (TGC) is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. TGC believes gospel–centered ministry is characterized by: empowered corporate worship, evangelistic effectiveness, counter–cultural community, the integration of faith and work, and he doing of justice and mercy. Such a balance will produce churches with winsome and theologically substantial preaching, dynamic evangelism and apologetics, and church growth and church planting.


9Marks exists to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God's glory to the nations through healthy churches. Believing the local church is the focal point of God’s plan for displaying his glory to the nations, and that the Bible is sufficient for the life of the church, 9Marks is church-focused, scripture-focused, and pastor-focused. The nine marks are (1) expositional preaching, (2) biblical theology, (3) a biblical understanding of the good news, (4) a biblical understanding of conversion, (5) a biblical understanding of evangelism, (6) biblical church membership, (7) biblical church discipline, (8) biblical discipleship and growth, and (9) biblical church leadership. These are not the only things which are necessary for building healthy churches, they are nine practices which many churches today overlook and that need to be emphasized once again.

New Church Specialties: church health & growth

NCS provides "specialties" in areas such as Church Planter Coaching, Planter Assessments, ReStart Coaching/Consulting, training for NewStart & ReStart church leaders, ReLaunch & ReLocation Consulting, training for ReFocusing pastors & their leadership teams, ReFocusing Coaching, Judicatory & Denominational Leaders through our "Changing the Climate" Training, Parent Church Training, Parent Church Coaching/Consulting, Discipleship Training/Resources, Large Church Consulting, Church Health, Life-Cycle & other survey tools, complete Local Church Assessments, Church Conflict & Mediation Consulting, Urban & Multi-Cultural Coaching/Consulting, Hispanic Coaching/Consulting, Transitional/Interim Pastors and Strategic Planning.

New Church Initiatives: church health & growth

We provide training, consulting for churches & ministries, and individual coaching for leaders.  Our vision is to start a movement of Biblically faithful, culturally relevant, counter-cultural communities of faith.  We help launch large congregations, simple congregations, and alternative faith communities.  We dream of a collective Church that will transform individuals and societies!

LifeWay Research (Ed Stetzer)

Ed Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Ed is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine and Catalyst Monthly, serves on the advisory council of Sermon Central and Christianity Today's Building Church Leaders, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. He also serves on the Church Services Team at the International Mission Board. Ed's primary role is Vice President of Research and Ministry Development for LifeWay Christian Resources.